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Armstrong School District moves meeting for upclose look at building

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger
Armstrong School District's administration building is located along Route 66 in Manor. The district is planning to move the operations to another building. Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times

Armstrong School District is searching for a new home for its administration.

The district announced last week that the school board's upcoming regular voting meeting on Monday will be in the library of West Hills Primary School instead of at the administration building in Manor.

Board president Joe Close revealed that the temporary change of scenery serves a specific purpose.

“We're proposing to reconfigure some of the classroom space (at West Hills Primary) to house some of the administration,” said Close. “We're looking at it on Monday so that the board can see exactly what's being proposed.”

According to the most recent districtwide facilities study, the administration building is in poor condition and facilities director Bill Henley said repairs could prove to be costly.

The architects at L.R. Kimball, who are building the district's new high school in Manor, provided the board with several options for the administration building last February and project manger Brian Hayes said the employees and operations could conceivably be moved to West Hills Primary School. That building was listed as in “good to excellent” condition in the facilities study.

“Rather than trying to get all the board members there on their own, we decided to move the meeting there,” said Close. “We want to take a look around and see if there's adequate space.”

Close also said there's no timetable on the decision, but that he doesn't expect any move to be made during this school year.

“(The directors) will probably just take a look around after the meeting,” he said. “At this point, we just want to see what we're working with.”

Before that, however, the board will first conduct its organization meeting and open caucus session at 7:30 tonight at the administration building. The meeting at West Hills Primary will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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