District narrows down elementary building options to three choices that likely wouldn't include a resident tax increase for project
Bellefonte Area School District, with a final school board decision, is continuing to look into its proposed elementary school project with options that would leave potentially no tax increase on residents. That would mean the district could spend up to about $35 million on the project, according to district Director of Fiscal Affairs Ken Bean.
Working with Hunt, an upstate New York-based engineering firm, seven options were narrowed down to three that would fit within the district's goal educationally, financially and infrastructurally.
On Sept. 14, a special school board meeting was held to discuss the options, which can be found in the slideshow on this webpage. Please also visit this link to see the full presentation: Special board meeting presentation
Board President Jon Guizar said the goal is to hold some in-person public meetings and make a decision next year.
To see more information and updates regarding the proposed elementary building project, visit this link: Elementary building project
*By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD
Outlined in red is the approximation of land owned by Bellefonte Area School District where a possible proposed new elementary school building could be constructed. In October 2011, the school board approved the $4.5 million purchase of 107.57 acres of land behind the high school -- and fully within the Borough of Bellefonte -- with the intent of constructing a new elementary building. Currently, the district rents the land to a local farmer.