Personalized pavers to benefit West York Foundation

Jessica Schladebeck

Members of the West York Area School District community can become a permanent part of the high school's new gymnasium and help the district's education foundation.

Some of the pavers already installed at West York's Bulldog Plaza

The district's Education Foundation is selling personalized commemorative pavers, available in three sizes, that will adorn the the Bulldog Plaza entrance to the gymnasium. The smallest is 4 by 8 inches, fits three lines of text and costs $75. The second, available for $150, is 8 by 8 inches and comes with four lines of text with the option to include one standard graphic. The largest of the three is 12 by 12 inches and costs $400. It comes with five lines of lettering as well as the option of a standard or customized graphic.

The first batch of pavers have already been installed in the gymnasium entrance, and the deadline to order this second batch is May 7.

The Education Foundation was formed in 2012 with the intention of supporting the school when funding is limited. Its mission is to secure private, tax-deductible donations and grant money to help fund district programs and resources. The foundation operates independent of the district but actively collaborates with the district's school board.

Order forms for pavers are available on the foundation's website.

Construction: The West York Area School District last fall began a multi-phase construction project — which includes the new high school gym as well as additions and upgrades at Wallace Elementary — and it is expected to be completed this August.

Work on the new gymnasium, which was originally expected to be completed in December, faced delays as a result of some unexpected issues during floor installation. The finish on the gym floor was completed last week and is expected to be open for the basketball games on Feb. 1.

Phase one of the construction project began in September 2014 with the setup of fencing as well as storm water management and detention. Upon completion of the first phase, the second one began. That includes new classroom additions, the gymnasium complex, and the locker rooms. During the summer, an underground oil tank was removed, and a new rooftop cooling tower and electrical transformer were installed.

Upcoming projects include a cafeteria addition and a choral room, with the final phase of the project including the reconstruction of the tennis courts and final paving work on the parking lots. Updates to sprinkler systems, lighting, and HVAC have been ongoing during the project.

Contracts for construction at the high school total more than $27 million. Contracts and those for Wallace Elementary school total just over $10 million.

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