The Windy Hill Senior Center is in need of additional space, and the Spring Grove Area School District might have the answer.
Tammy Miller, executive director of the center, proposed relocating the center to the old Spring Grove Middle School when she discussed the issue with the school board last week.
Portions of the building are being used for storage and to house a technology center, but otherwise the building is vacant.
Currently, the senior center is housed at the Spring Grove Community Center, but Miller said the number of seniors using the center continues to grow.
One of the biggest challenges at the current site is the lack of parking. Miller said many members choose not to visit the center because of the parking. A move to the old middle school would eliminate that problem.
Moving to the middle school also would increase the square footage of the center by 45 percent, according to Miller.
Increased space would mean increased programming for the members.
"We do believe it would be a win-win for our district and for the seniors," said Spring Grove Area School District Superintendent Robert Lombardo. "We think it would be a good use of the facilities we have instead of having them lie dormant."
School district business manager George Ioannidis said the district and senior center would like to move forward with the proposal as soon as possible.
The center would pay rent comparable to what they currently pay, though Ioannidis said an exact figure has yet to be determined.
Additionally, the senior center is asking for a five-year commitment from the district. Board members are scheduled to vote on this item later this month, but the majority indicated they are in favor of the partnership during discussions at the board meeting.