The West York school board will host a public meeting in March to present the plans for the high school renovation project, where citizens can give input and ask questions about the project.
The high school renovations represent about $33.3 million of the district-wide renovations, which are to have a total estimated cost of $54.8 million.
At the meeting, the board will present the plans for the high school, which include building a new gymnasium, adding several classrooms and putting in a new heating system, among other changes.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the middle school cafeteria, before the regularly-scheduled school board meeting.
At its meeting Tuesday, the board also learned the timeline for the completed renovations to Wallace Elementary has been moved back about six months.
Head architect Tom Gilbert said the process for the land development approval — which is required before the board can accept bids for the project — has taken longer than expected. Coming up with the plans for the expansion to fit the district's budget was also a cause for the delay, Gilbert said.
"It took a while to get the footprint," he said.
Change of plans: The renovations at Wallace were originally scheduled to be finished in August 2015, so kindergartners and first graders could move completely out of Loucks Elementary before the start of the school year. But now, the estimated finishing date is December 2015, halfway through the school year.
Board member Jeanne Herman said it might be a good idea to see if it would make sense to allow the students at Loucks to finish the year in one building, instead of moving them after the winter break.
After the meeting, Superintendent Emilie Lonardi said if the change were with older students, the mid-year switch could work better. But the change for the district's youngest children might be too much.
"It's a lot to do with 5-year-olds," Lonardi said.
Lonardi said the board will decide later how to handle that, but that it was "disappointing to hear" about the delay.
The board also heard an update about price estimates for the upgrades at Lincolnway and Trimmer elementary schools, which will happen in the last phase of the renovation.
Gilbert presented the list of prioritized upgrades from both buildings, which includes roof and boiler replacements, installing more efficient lighting systems and replacing the hot water heaters, among other items. The estimated costs are $4.4 million at Lincolnway and $3.6 million at Trimmer.
Cracks at Lincolnway: There is an additional $500,000 set aside for Lincolnway, because of exterior cracks in several places in the building.
The cracks have appeared five years after they were originally fixed, said Phil Martin, the district's buildings and grounds supervisor.
"We need to take a pretty close look at what's going on with that building exterior," Martin said.
Cracks are visible on the outside of the building near the cafeteria and second-grade section. A wall in the second-grade section is also visibly bowed, Martin said.
Those issues are being investigated now, and estimates for repair will come after the source of the problem is determined, Gilbert said.
All told, there is about $1 million left in the renovation budget. Business manager George Fike reminded the board that nothing has been budgeted for any repairs to the administration building. The administration was originally supposed to move to the high school, but would have cost too much money to do. Now, any leftover funds from the renovations will go toward repairing the current administration structure on Market Street.
The next school board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the middle school, 1700 Bannister St. in York.
— Reach Nikelle Snader at firstname.lastname@example.org.