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Brainstorm session on Armstrong School projects to reconvene

| Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

The Armstrong School District Board of Directors will meet again with architects from L.R. Kimball at a special non-voting meeting at 6 Thursday night.

Planners with the architecture and engineering firm along with Reynolds Construction have been researching renovation, reorganization and building projects to replace or upgrade the district's many aging schools and facilities for the past three weeks.

The directors met with representatives from the two companies at a brainstorming session on Jan. 16, during which a wide variety of preliminary options was discussed.

The board largely expressed interest in scaling down the district's schools to cut costs and reduce the number of buildings under ASD ownership. Suggested options included building one centralized high school; consolidating the four high schools into two; changing the configuration of kindergarten through eighth grade; and combining Elderton, Kittanning Township and Shannock Valley elementary schools.

Board secretary Linda Ambrose said Thursday's meeting will pick up where that meeting left off.

"It'll be a continuation of the (Jan. 16) meeting," she said. "The architects may present a few more specific options, but it's a non-voting meeting, so it's still just a discussion."

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Ida R. Westwood conference room in the district administration building in Manor.

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