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Spring Creek Elementary to See First Students This Month

by and on August 06, 2019 5:00 AM

The first day of the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 26 looks to be extra exciting for students in Lemont and Houserville. That’s when they will get their first real experience at the new Spring Creek Elementary.

The school will join the former sister schools of Houserville Elementary and Lemont Elementary at the Houserville site. Lemont Elementary, which was built in 1938 and served K-2, was formally closed in June and the is being sold to a buyer who plans to open a private elementary school. Houserville Elementary opened in 1959 and served grades 3-5.

As crews wrap up the final work, the new building looks impressive and Jason Little, State College Area School District assistant director of the physical plant, said the school should serve the district and students well.

“The new school unites kindergarten through fifth-grade students from the former Lemont and Houserville Elementary,” said Little. “The new building has a standalone gym equipped with a full-sized basketball court. The new building also has a standalone kitchen and cafeteria. The new library has been designed to hold more than 16,000 books. The new building will house the bell, from the bell tower at Lemont Elementary.”

Little said at Monday night's school board meeting that the building is expected to be ready for staff occupancy on Friday and teacher occupancy on Aug. 12. The parking lot area is slightly behind schedule and expected to be completed the week of Aug. 19. In the interim, the school district has an agreement with Centre Region Parks and Recreation for parking at nearby Fogleman Field.

Overall, the footprint of the school is 71,000 square-feet with more than 28 classrooms, said Little. He said the new building features several small group instruction spaces designed for classroom breakout sessions.

Combining the schools should help the district be much more efficient.

“The previous buildings had served the district well beyond 50 years," Little said. "From an operational standpoint we’ll be much more efficient in managing one facility over the previous two buildings. The new building includes solar panels, high efficiency boilers, reduced water usage and improved natural lighting throughout the space. Our staff and students will be housed out of one facility so we’ll gain various benefits from having everyone in one location”.

He also said the school was designed to be LEED gold certified.

“The building will be equipped with solar panels that will provide a minimum of 15 percent of the electricity used by the facility. The building will significantly reduce water and energy usage when compared to similar sized facilities that do not attain LEED status,” Little said.

All this should lead to a pretty exciting time to be back to school.'s Geoff Rushton contributed to this story.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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