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Frazier officials update Perryopolis Borough Council on school project

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Perryopolis Borough Council received an update last week on the proposed construction of a new Perry Elementary / Middle School that will house prekindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Frazier School District.

Michael A. Oglin of Gateway Engineering in Butler and David D. Disque, project manger of Massaro Construction Management Services LLC of Pittsburgh, presented details of the construction plans to borough officials.

Disque said the school construction is expected to begin in July or August.

The current elementary school will remain standing during the construction with the demolition set to begin after the new building opens, Oglin said.

Oglin said the new school will not be a “green building” because of the additional costs associated with constructing an energy-efficient structure.

“A ‘green building' would save energy costs in the long run, but it would be much more expensive to build,” Oglin said.

Oglin said engineers are currently in the process of planning a storm water management system for the new building.

“We have a very odd-shaped piece of property at the site which is located near the current school on Constitution Avenue,” Oglin said. “The school will actually have frontage on three roads. The school will have setbacks from the roads and a parent drop-off area similar to the one that the school currently has.”

Oglin said the school will be an elementary and middle combined with two floors to accommodate students in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

“The front of the building will have a pitched roof, but the back of the building will be constructed with a flat roof,” Oglin said.

Because of the recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Oglin said recent changes have been made to make sure the building will be safe for students.

“All doors will be locked and they will open with cards that will be swiped as a special safety measure,” he said. “Visitors will have to ring two buzzers to gain access into the school. The school will be armed with a security system.”

Cindy Ekas is a freelance writer.

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