Nine Eastern York School Board members have been wading through seven options for their future building plans.
On Thursday, the board whittled their considerations down to three options that focus on possibly closing two of its elementary schools.
The two schools, Kreutz Creek and Canadochly, need to add building space to make room for more students. However, those buildings also need major renovation that would include new roofs, windows, plumbing and electrical upgrades and other work to bring the buildings up to code.
The total cost just to do the code work would be in the $10 million to $12 million range , said Joshua Bower, senior project manager with Mechanicsburg-based Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects.
Then the district would have to pay out several million more for each school to do renovations and to build extra spaces, Bower said.
He initially gave the board seven options, each involving closing at least one of the elementary schools -- either Kreutz Creek or Canadochly --- and moving students to the school that would remain open.
What's left: Board members agreed Thursday they would focus on three of the options.
One option would be to close Kreutz Creek and Canadochly and build a new elementary school, as the construction project would be within price range similar to what it would cost to fix the two schools.
The new building could house grades 3, 4, and 5, while Wrightsville Elementary would serve K-2 students.
A second option would be to build a new middle school, close Kreutz Creek and Canadochly, and move their elementary students into the old middle school.
The third option would to close all three elementary schools and place elementary students in one three-floor building that would have its student gathering areas on a middle floor.
Altogether, the three options' costs are in the $15.8 million to $20.9 million price range.
A new school would be built in the district's empty lot on the north side of Eastern York High School, which is located at 720 Cool Creek Road in Wrightsville.
Board member Mark Keller said he likes the "perfect world" scenario of having all the elementary school students in one building. However, placing 1,500 young students in one school may be not be the best idea, he said.
Having agreed to consider the three options, board members said that they now need to learn how each option would affect bus transportation, educational opportunities and operation costs.
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