JACKSON TWP — A final schematic design and price tag for the school that will replace the Evans City school building was presented Monday to the Seneca Valley School Board.
The new school will cost between $70 million and $80 million and will be built on an Ehrman Road property the district has owned for nearly 20 years. It will replace Evans City Elementary and Middle School, a decision the school board approved in September.
Mike Corb, project head from architecture firm CannonDesign, showed board members what his team has determined to be the best design for the school.
The presentation included a description of the parking, bus and student drop-off arrangements, landscaping and irrigation and classroom setup.
Corb also described basic interior components, such as flooring types, storage displays, bleachers to seat about 500 people in the gymnasium, enhanced acoustics, sport and basic stage technology, lighting in the gymnasium and a large window layout.
“Access to daylight is tremendously important,” Corb said.
Other outdoor options include two play areas, including one for middle school and another for elementary school students; walking paths and trails near the building; and sidewalks along one side of all entries into the building.
“We want to make it walkable from the local communities,” Corb said.
The next step will be for CannonDesign to begin designing the development phase and present again at the board meeting June 3. Corb said he anticipates having the required public hearing to be held on new construction and substantial additions for school districts, and presenting the final design for review at the Aug. 5 board meeting.
Polly Shaw, a retired Seneca Valley teacher of 37 years and president of the Butler County Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, presented the Lauretta Woodson Award to Maralee Walter, a Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School teacher, and Christie Rice, an Evans City Elementary School paraprofessional.
The award recognizes those showing excellence and commitment to their schools and district with a plaque and monetary gift to be used in the classroom.
Two students in the Architecture Construction Engineering Externship Program also addressed the board Monday night. The program, which was made available in November to 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in careers in those areas, focuses on pairing students with learning experiences in their potential future fields.
Sophomores Zach Garcia, who is on the electrical engineering team at Tower Engineering, and Jocelyn Krieger, who is on the civil engineering team at Herbert, Roland & Grubic, told the board what they’ve learned about geothermal heating in their time in the externship program.
The board also approved its budget proposals for $619,005 to Butler County Vocational-Technical School and $140,803 to Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV as discussed at the March 4 meeting.