Northeastern mulls $100M renovation to aging high school

MANCHESTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Northeastern High School was built in 1956. The school district has been talking about whether it should renovate the aging building or build a new school.

Dale Knepper, the district’s director of physical plant, says school officials want to address concerns now instead of kicking the can down the road and creating a problem for others.

“We are starting to see things wearing out and breaking down,” Knepper said. “The thought was how much do we in invest in this building to keep it going, or is there a better option?”

Knepper says there are several issues in the high school including rooms that don’t have enough space for the growing student population.

Knepper says other concerns include improving lighting in hallways, replacing aging pipes, and making the building more ADA-compliant. He says the renovation work and repairs could add up to nearly $100 million.

The district is considering a plan that would consist of three phases over a 10-year period. The school board will meet in the upcoming weeks and seek public input before making a decision.

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