The Sheffield K-12 elementary addition is quickly moving from bare steel beams to something that resembles a school.
During Monday night's meeting of the Warren County School District board of directors' Physical Plant and Facilities Committee, Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, the district's director of building and grounds, said approximately 60 percent of the brick work around the addition has been completed.
Kennerknecht also said that the roof deck and metal have been installed but the installation of the insulation and rubber cannot be completed at this time due to the frigid temperatures.
Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton
Work progresses on the addition to the existing Sheffield Area Middle High School that will ultimately convert it into a K-12 facility.
"(The) brick is a pretty good match to the existing building," he added, also noting that, on the inside of the structure, framing has commenced and dry piping as well as metal stud walls have been installed.
Board member Mike Zamborik asked when Allegheny Valley Elementary School in Clarendon will be closed, a necessary step in transforming Sheffield into a K-12 facility.
"(It) depends on what the board will do," said Kennerknecht.
He said the last renovation at the site was completed in 1997 and that it was originally subsidized by a 15-year bond issue. "But as we wrapped different other bonds around that particular debt, (that) has pushed out the pay-off date" for the AVES bonds, he added.
"(When we) notified PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) we were thinking about closing it that factor was bought up," Kennerknecht added. "The district receives reimbursement for those semi-annual payments."
If programming ceases at Allegheny Valley, so does that reimbursement.
Kennerknecht said there are approximately 3.5 years left on the bond issue.