Project plans explain consolidation
Renovations to improve energy efficiency and add learning spaces
MIFFLINTOWN — Eight elementary schools are to become three.
More than two years after Juniata County’s elementary buildings underwent individual review, the board of directors is getting closer to beginning renovations that will address structural needs and necessary system upgrades.
Public hearings to present the details of consolidation proposals are set for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 22, in the auditorium at Juniata High School. These meetings, mandated by Pennsylvania School Code, will outline in detail the additions and renovations scheduled at the sites of Fermanagh-Mifflintown and Monroe elementary schools, respectively.
The following information on Fermanagh-Mifflintown and Monroe elementary schools can be found within the project proposals.
The project scope at Fermanagh consists of renovations to 20,000 square feet of the existing building and 85,500 square feet of new additions. When complete, the building will house students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Fermanagh-Mifflintown, Mountain View, Tuscarora Valley and Walker elementary schools.
Renovations will upgrade nine classrooms, as well as the media center, art and music areas. Also included are replacements of existing casework, ceiling tile, lights and windows, which will improve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs. Interior finishes such as paint and flooring will be renewed as needed.
New additions include a three-story classroom wing that will house six kindergarten classrooms, 23 regular classrooms, six special education classrooms, eight small group instruction rooms, a kitchen and a cafeteria.
A multipurpose room also will be constructed to include a stage and PIAA regulation basketball court with bleachers.
The proposed design relocates the administration office to the front of the building, adjacent to its main entrance, for increased security.
Roofing will be replaced on the existing building with a thermoplastic polyolefin membrane system, which reflects ultraviolet radiation, increasing energy efficiency. The roof of the new addition will be mono-sloped utilizing either metal or the same TPO system.
The project also includes asbestos removal, expansion of the existing geothermal heating and cooling system, updated electrical and plumbing systems, an enlarged bus drop-off loop, new paved play area and additional parking.
At the Monroe site, renovations will be made to 14,000 square feet of the existing building, and 62,000 square feet of new additions will be constructed. The building is designed to house students in kindergarten through sixth grade from Monroe, Fayette and Thompsontown-Delaware elementary schools.
Renovations include seven regular classrooms, a media center and art and music areas. Also included are replacements of existing casework, ceiling tile, lights and windows, which will improve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.
New construction will add a kitchen, cafeteria, stage and basketball court, like those proposed at Fermanagh. Additions will also include a two-story classroom wing that will support four kindergarten classrooms, 17 regular classrooms, four special education classrooms and five small group instruction rooms.
Roofing, system upgrades, site maintenance and parking plans also are set for the Monroe site.
The multipurpose rooms and basketball courts at both schools are intended for both school and community use, easing the burden on the district’s three other gymnasiums.
Lack-Tuscarora Elementary School in not included in proposed consolidations.
Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary proposal plan: