Dover High School land development plans conditionally approved

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
The 290,000 square-foot Dover Area High School will be constructed on the grounds of the current Dover Intermediate School. Dover's board approved the project on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Submitted/photo)
  • “We’re exactly where we expect to be at this point,” Dover Area School District Superintendent Tracy Krum said.

Dover Township has, for the most part, OK’d Dover Area School District’s new $65 million high school land development plans that include details of the project’s construction.

Dover Township Manager Laurel Oswalt said there are several outstanding issues that need to be addressed, but the Dover Township supervisors conditionally approved the school district’s land development plans.

The plans describe everything from location of water and sewer lines to creation of safe pathways for student commuters, as well as the location of new parking lots and turning lanes.

Some of the outstanding issues, she mentioned, are administrative, while others have to do with approvals from the state Department of Environmental Protection; approvals from York County Conservation District; permits from the Army Corps of Engineers; and a finalization of the stormwater plan.

Dover Township Manager Laurel Oswalt submitted/photo

The township’s Public Work’s Department and Engineer have additional questions that the school district needs to answer, Oswalt continued. The township only has one more item to approve, and that is the district’s building permit, Oswalt said.  

Also, Dover borough would need to apply for a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway occupancy permit, which doesn’t need to happen until April 2019, Dover School District Superintendent Tracy Krum confirmed.

“We’re exactly where we expect to be at this point,” Krum said. She added that the school is still slated to open in 2020. 

A lot of the work that will be done this summer is excavation, she continued, and it won’t impact the general public.

District spokesman Brad Perkins explained the plans will remain the same as they were when the district approved them unless general contractor bids are higher than expected. At that point, he said, the district may “have to delete some items.”

A committee of school board members, school officials and members of the public will review the bids, Krum said.

Supt. Tracy Krum said her staff doesn't share school safety plan details. (Submitted/photo)

“The hope is the board will approve the bid on Tuesday, June 19,” she said. “And as soon as they are accepted, we’ll move forward.”

The two-story school, designed to surround a courtyard on the western part of the campus, will have one central entrance for increased security, according to the final School Construction and Facilities proposal.

The new high school, Krum said, will be built at Dover Area Intermediate School’s current location. The existing Dover Area High School will be renovated to house the intermediate students, she said.

The plans call for large program spaces for the school’s gymnasium, natatorium and auditorium, which will be on the west side of the campus for more sectioned access during after-school hours.

New athletic fields — including a new baseball field and multipurpose playing field — will be built, according to school district documents.