West Shore School District addressing aging infrastructure

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – The West Shore School District Board of directors met in January to discuss three options to address the district’s infrastructure concerns. The district has 14 buildings, and all have different levels of needs. Several schools have heating and cooling systems that are more than 30 years old.

The board received a lot of feedback and Thursday’s focus was on the cost of the recommendations. Superintendent Dr. Todd Stoltz says getting more public input will help the process more forward.

“No decisions are being made tonight,” Stoltz said, “After tonight, we will gather more feedback from the community, so tonight is about sharing information and educating the community.”

Consultants indicated that to complete all the recommended upgrades to bring all the buildings up to code would cost $140-160 million. A more aggressive plan called Option One calls for six new buildings and a lot of renovation work that would be spread out over seven phases. The estimated cost is $218-246 million.

Option Two recommends building four new schools. Red Land would become the only high school and Cedar Cliff would become home to grades 6-8. The plan also has major renovation efforts that would take place in seven phases. The cost is $212-242 million.

Stoltz says they want to reach a decision that is in the best interest of the students.

“We have on our radar the board making a decision in May, and we would like to get started in 2018,” Stoltz said.

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