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Officials: York Academy expansion on schedule, under budget

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
  • The construction project, which is reportedly under budget, is coming along accordingly, according to the school's CEO.
  • York Academy will accept its first 9th graders for the 2018-19 school year.

The expansion into grades nine through 12 at York Academy Regional Charter School is going according to plan, according to the school's chief executive.

The construction project to house the new grade levels — dubbed by school officials as the "Upper School" — is moving as scheduled for completion in July 2018 for an August opening date for a ninth-grade class, according to CEO Dennis Baughman.

The York Academy charter school board unanimously approved 16 job descriptions for the Upper School at its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 13.

The York Academy Regional Charter School at 32 W. North St. in York City. (John A. Pavoncello - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

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"I'm feeling pretty good with the capital campaign," Baughman said of the $3 million fundraising effort to go toward building the new school located at the former Pensupreme Dairy property.

The school plans to move forward with a bond issue in early December, Baughman said, but added its success depends on a stipulation going through the state Senate regarding tax-free bonds for nonprofit organizations such as York Academy.

The construction project is currently $379,000 under budget, according to Baughman.

He added administrators will pinch pennies wherever they can, which will include the purchase of snow blowers to perform snow removal themselves instead of paying for the service through a contractor.

The 65,000-square-foot Upper School is being constructed in downtown York City overlooking the Codorus Creek.

Board member Nancy Ahalt stated her astonishment at the progress of the building.

"It is just so impressive when you stand and look out and just see (the building)," she said. "It's just magical."

Baughman said he got the first opportunity to stand on the second floor of the building shortly after it was cemented and called the view of Codorus Creek "spectaular."

York Academy, open since 2011, has expanded grades every year and started its first eighth grade class in August. Officials said they hope to operate a K-12 school by 2022.