Building closures and $112 million plan to be considered
With evidence of building deterioration, inadequate use of educational space, aging HVAC systems, and other cosmetic issues, the Quakertown school board is faced with a tough decision in the coming months.
Several presenters spoke during last Thursday's school board meeting to bring light to a recent feasibility study conducted by the Schradergroup of Philadelphia. The architectural and engineering firm, along with a newly appointed community facilities committee, toured each district building noting any structural and superficial issues. Subsequently, a master plan was created driven by the needs of upgrading and renovating each site.
According to David Schrader of the Schradergroup, $66 million is needed to renovate and upgrade the district's 14 buildings. The heaviest price tag being attached to Quakertown Elementary (QE) with $13.5 million required for renovation. The aging building was originally constructed in 1928 was last renovated in 1967....