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School Board Approves Design Plan for High School Renovations

by on December 03, 2013 9:50 AM

The State College School Board has decided on a final design plan for the south high school building renovation project.

At its Monday night meeting, the board chose option two which incorporates a more crescent shape to the building. The board rejected option one which would have meant an expansion on the west side of the building.

Board member Laurel Zydney says most people she's talked with were in favor of option two.

"This one was so incredibly obvious," Zydney says. "I've heard nobody who said they preferred option one."

The board also discussed possible referendum debt amounts, being around $75 million and $85 million. The maximum total cost for the project has already been set at $115 million.

Some board members thought the referendum amount was too high.

Board member Jim Pawelczyk says he doesn't think the State College community would support a referendum amount as high as $75 million.

"The thing to remember is whatever the amount of the project we get done requires community permission," Pawelczyk says. "I do not see evidence ... that 50 percent of the community will provide $75 million."

Board President Penni Fishbaine says she disagrees with Pawelczyk, and that people will want to support the referendum amount because of their interest in educating their children. She says that having a nicer school will help bring people with children into the area.

Current board President Fishbaine and current vice-president Amber Concepcion were reelected to their positions on council. New board member Scott Fozard was also sworn in as the newest member of the school board along with returning board members Fisbaine, Jim Leous and David Hutchinson.

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Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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