The West York school board received an update about the district's upcoming renovation project at its meeting Tuesday.
School officials voiced concerns about the projected end date of August 2016 for the high school project, which is later than originally projected.
"I'm disappointed we're missing a whole summer — that's a whole lot of nothing — at the high school," Superintendent Emilie Lonardi said.
Head architect Tom Gilbert said he cannot remember the originally proposed completion date. But all nine board members voiced concern about the completion date for Wallace Elementary, which is now five months later than when it was proposed in January.
The estimated completion for Wallace is now December 2015, instead of July 2015.
Students in kindergarten and first grade could stay in Loucks Elementary for another six months or an entire school year because of the delay.
Gilbert said the delays at Wallace are primarily because getting the necessary permits took more time, and because the electric and fiber optic lines at Wallace need to be relocated before construction can begin.
"(The relocation) was probably not taken into account when those time lines were given in January," Gilbert said.
Delays a problem: Board member Alan Moose said he was "disconcerted" about the delayed completion of Wallace and is concerned the high school could face a similar situation.
"We don't have another school to shift the high school to," Moose said.
Moose added the construction phases that directly affect student instruction must be completed by the end of the summer.
Hearing: Before construction firms can bid on the high school project, the school board must hold a public meeting to get feedback from the community.
The public hearing about the high school renovations will take place Tuesday before the regular school board meeting. The architects for the project will present the plans, and the school board will answer any questions the public may have about the project.
The high school renovations represent an estimated $33.3 million of the district-wide project. The district has $54.8 million in construction bonds to use, which will also fund updates at Wallace, Trimmer and Lincolnway elementary schools.
The public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at West York Area Middle School, 1700 Bannister St. in York.
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