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Fawn Grove Elementary School reopened to students this year after some upgrades.

The elementary school now boasts a geothermal HVAC system and a brand-new entrance that allows for better security, South Eastern School District Superintendant Rona Kaufmann said.

"We redesigned the entrance and vestibule to produce a more controlled entry into the building," she said. "There's what's sort of like a teller window between the sets of the double doors, and it will offer a much more controlled environment for those who allow visitors access into the school."

The school also underwent a series of smaller upgrades to ensure it was in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and other general technology-related renovations, Kaufmann said.

The district will host a dedication of the renovated elementary school at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

The project: Fawn Grove is the second of South Eastern's three elementary schools to get renovations, Kaufmann said.

Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary underwent similar renovations last fall, and they were completed by the end of last December.

In addition to a new entrance and an upgraded HVAC system, the roof also was replaced.

Students, while their building was being renovated, were relocated to Chanceford Elementary School, which was leased to the district by Red Lion Area School District.

As Delta-Peach Bottom students left Chanceford, those from Fawn Grove settled in as their building started undergoing construction in January.

And now that work on Fawn Grove has been complete, those who attend Stewartstown Elementary will be relocated to Chanceford.

The work on Stewartstown, which also includes a new roof, is expected to be finished by January, Kaufmann said.

The cost of the work done on all three buildings is expected to come in at a little more than $12 million, though the school board at the project's start voted to take out an $18 million loan. A good choice, Kaufmann said, as the roof replacements were somewhat unexpected.

Taking out the loan "did not affect taxpayer rates because of our good credit rating," Kaufman said, adding, "We're sure we'll come in under that $18 million."

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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