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Hampton High School remodeling possibility under review

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:49 p.m.
Hampton High School
Bethany Hofstetter | Hampton Journal
Hampton High School
Four school board members were sworn in at Hampton Township School District on Dec. 4, while Bryant Wesley II, esquire, and Mary Alice Hennessey were reappointed as president and vice-president, respectively.
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Four school board members were sworn in at Hampton Township School District on Dec. 4, while Bryant Wesley II, esquire, and Mary Alice Hennessey were reappointed as president and vice-president, respectively.

Hampton Township School District administrators are exploring the potential for a large-scale remodeling project at the high school.

On Jan. 27, the district administrators and school board members plan to walk through the areas identified for potential remodeling and then host a special public meeting to discuss the need and feasibility for work at the high school.

“We've been talking about this for the past year,” Superintendent John Hoover said. “There are some areas of the high school that need fixed.”

Many of the areas of concern include outdated rooms, such as the technology-education area and laboratory rooms.

High school administrators also would like to separate the guidance and administrative departments, which currently share a suite of office space.

Other areas are identified for remodeling to improve security and safety, such as updating the electrical closet, which houses the building's computer equipment and servers.

Installing a closed vestibule at the main entrance also is planned.

Mary Alice Hennessey, chairwoman of the facilities committee, said many of the building issues were pointed out during the preliminary walk-through.

“We were comfortable that there were things that need to be addressed,” she said.

Hoover said if the board decides to move forward with the high school remodeling, which could total $5 million to $10 million, a feasibility study would need to be completed.

Gail Litwiler, a school board member, said the cost of the project is her biggest concern.

“I'm not saying we shouldn't do it … but I'm concerned about the finances,” she said. “Do we want to borrow? And how much will it cost for a feasibility study?”

During the public portion of the Jan. 27 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the high school, board members and administrators will review all of the potential high school areas to be remodeled, discuss feasibility and the next steps for the project, and invite public comment.

“I think we have to do due diligence here because, in the end, it's going to be a significant amount of money, and there needs to be an understanding why,” Litwiler said.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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