Pleasant Valley mulls options
Pleasant Valley school directors are considering the cost of renovations to the high school.
The Pleasant Valley school board and administration recently had an opportunity to hear a presentation of a feasibility study regarding options for renovating or replacing the existing high school. The building and ground committee will report on the meeting tonight.
Michael Kelly of KCBA Architects reviewed potential plans ranging from a new building at just over $100 million to replacement of mechanical systems at $17 million.
Options which included updating classrooms and adding additional space to the Route 209 side of the building while demolishing the John C. Mills wing and old auditorium. The price tag for those options were in the $50 million to $69 million range.
Several cost options Kelly presented were:
• The cost of building a high school would be about $100,604,519. This would include demolishing the old building and building a brand-new one. They could use JCM area as a swing space and begin initial renovations at the other end of the building. When the renovations are done they could demolish the JCM wing and put a parking lot there.
• Projected costs of renovating the high school which would include basic renovation to all spaces, replacement of existing HVAC system, upgrades to electric and plumbing systems, and other limited improvements is about $48,339,575.
• Projected costs of limited renovations are $53 million for limited renovations to $69 million for a two-story addition in the space currently occupied by the old auditorium.
At the last school board meeting, board President Sue Kresge said that the finance committee was debating the issue, and due to the complexity and immensity of the project, the board would need additional time to discuss the matter before bringing it to a public meeting.
Kresge said that the finance committee would meet for a second time later this month.
Business manager Susan Famularo also informed the board members and Superintendent David Piperato that she had conducted an in-depth review of the impact that the various options would have on the district’s budget and that she would be forwarding the information to them for review.
“Look for it in your email,” Famularo said. “There is a lot of information in there so you can see the impact on the budget going forward.”
The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. Watch the meeting on the Times News Lehighton Facebook page.