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Connellsville Area School District-wide facility study presented

| Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Eckles Construction Co. presented a district-wide facility study Wednesday night that could result in the eventual closing of elementary schools in the Connellsville Area School District.

The schools that could face closing include South Side, Dunbar Borough and Clifford N. Pritts elementary schools.

Mark E. Scheller, project architect, and John Pappas, vice president, of Eckles Construction gave an option summary to school board members.

Under Option 1, Scheller said all district buildings would remain as is with no significant improvements.

Option 2 calls for renovating five of the district's seven elementary schools and building a new district office at the Connellsville Township Elementary School. Scheller said plans call for renovating Connellsville Township, Dunbar Borough, South Side, Clifford N. Pritts and Springfield Township elementary schools.

Scheller said Option 3 calls for closing South Side Elementary School and relocating South Side students to Connellsville Township. A new district office would be built at Connellsville Township, where renovations would take place.

Option 4 calls for closing Dunbar Borough Elementary School and relocating Dunbar Borough students to Dunbar Township, which would undergo renovations and additions.

Under Option 4A, Scheller said Dunbar Borough Elementary School would be closed. Those students would be relocated to West Crawford Elementary School, which would be renovated.

Scheller said Option 5 includes renovating Clifford N. Pritts Elementary School and adding a gymnasium. Option 5A calls for closing Clifford N. Pritts Elementary School and relocating students to Springfield Township Elementary School, which would be expanded to include additional students.

Option 6 combines options 3, 4 and 5. It calls for closing South Side Elementary School, relocating South Side students to Connellsville Township, building a new district office at Connellsville Township, renovating Connellsville Township and closing Dunbar Borough, according to Scheller. The plan also calls for relocating Dunbar Borough students to Dunbar Township and making renovations and additions at Dunbar Township. Renovations would also be made at Clifford N. Pritts, where a new gymnasium would be added.

Option 6A would combine options 3, 4A and 5A. Scheller said South Side Elementary School would be closed, and students would be relocated to Connellsville Township, where a new district office would be constructed and renovations would take place.

The plan calls for the closing of Dunbar Borough and relocating those students to West Crawford Elementary, where renovations would be completed.

The district would close Clifford N. Pritts Elementary School and relocate students to Springfield Township Elementary School. Additions would be made at Springfield Township to accommodate additional students.

Scheller said Option 7 includes building a new elementary school and district office at the Connellsville Township site, closing Dunbar Borough, finishing renovations at West Crawford, closing South Side and relocating South Side and Dunbar Borough students to a new building at Connellsville Township.

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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