Cumberland Valley plans for building new schools faces roadblock

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Cumberland Valley School District needs to have all of its permits in place before its plan to build two new schools moves forward.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, members talked about getting that one final permit.

“We cannot go forward with bid and ultimately bid an acceptance of bid to start the project until those permits are gained,” superintendent Dr. Fred Withum said.

If those permits are gained, Winding Creek Elementary and Mountain View Middle School will be built near Bali Hai and Lambs Gap roads.

This year, there are more than 400 students enrolled in the district than at the end of the previous school year.

“We, literally, over the past three or four years, in order to keep up with that growth, we have spent an awful amount of time using any additional space that we have into usable classroom space,” Withum said.

Withum says the outstanding PennDOT permit needs Hampden Township and Cumberland Valley to agree on the impact the new schools will have on four intersections.

He says delaying the project would have far greater impact on elementary students who were going to begin redistribution to other schools the same year Winding Creek opens.

Cumberland Valley administrators will meet with Hampden Township next week to try to come to an agreement on the remaining intersection.

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