Montour elementary school plan hinges on future votes

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Montour School District's plan to build a $55 million elementary school hinges on upcoming township and school board votes.

Superintendent Donald Boyer said tonight that Robinson commissioners could consider the school’s site plan next month, following the township planning commission’s April 16 recommendation to approve the project.

The district is scheduled to award bids in May for site preparation work and to seek construction bids this summer.

“When the bids are back, that’s when you vote on the building,” Mr. Boyer told the school board.

Board member Mark DiClemente said he was concerned about the ultimate success of the project, which already has cost the district money for design work and other expenses.

“We’re spending millions of dollars without a vote,” he said.

The board previously has voted on aspects of the project, including approvals to submit plans to the state Department of Education.

The school, to house all of the district’s pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade pupils, is planned for the 110-acre high school campus on Clever Road in Robinson. Opening is anticipated early in the 2015-16 school year.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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