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Penns Valley High School dedicates newly renovated building

by on October 04, 2018 1:59 PM

SPRING MILLS — On Sept. 26, a public dedication ceremony attended by about 150 people was held in the Penns Valley High School auditorium for the recent major renovations to the building. The ceremony was the culmination of a multi-million dollar project which began in June 2017 and includes an upgraded auditorium with a set construction area; a new band room and changing and storage rooms; new counseling, nurse and principal offices; a secure entryway; a renovated library with collaboration spaces; air-conditioning throughout the building; and a new 1,200-seat gymnasium.

Brian Griffith, Penns Valley Area School District superintendent, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, praising all those involved in the project.

“All research, design, permits, construction and specialized professional services for this project have been contained to the original budgeted amount,” Griffith said. He recognized facilities manager Robert Miller for his effort in overseeing the project.

Following Griffith's comments, district staff members and others discussed the renovations during the ceremony.

The district's athletic and community relations director, Nate Althouse, commended the various building contractors for their efforts and cooperation in the project, and thanked the district administrators for their work on the project. High school principal Dustin Dalton praised the renovation's nine new collaborative learning stations, which allow students to work in groups on special projects that formerly necessitated them working in hallways or other inconvenient locations.

Band director Darris DeRemer said he appreciates the new band room, stage expansion, practice rooms and set construction areas, and thinks they will contribute to the improvement of the arts and music programs at Penns Valley. And, girls' basketball coach Karen McCaffrey presented a tongue-in-cheek speech about how the new gymnasium will not help students learn time management skills due to its more convenient location, eliciting chuckles from the audience.

"There’s no greater investment to be made that has a greater return than investment in education," said State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, praising the district's efforts.

Holly Wilson, representing state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, complimented the community for its input regarding the project.

“To have the type of feedback your community provided prior to this is wonderful,” she said. “What a collaborative event occurred here.”
Penns Valley senior class president Emma Narber also spoke, expressing students’ gratitude for the renovations.

“On the first day (of the school year), ‘oohs and aahs’ could be heard throughout the school halls," Narber said. “All of these improvements help each and every student reach individual success.”

Also speaking during the ceremony were school board members Chris Houser and Melissa Crum and architect Mike Kelly.

Following the ceremony, members of the public were given tours of the school building.




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