Plans reviewed for high school entry renovation

During Thursday evening’s St. Marys Area School District school board workshop, plans were reviewed for renovations to the front entryway of the high school.Jerry Bankovich of KTH Architects provided details on several options for the project. He had previously met with Superintendent Ann Kearney and Cindy FinGado, business manager, on several occasions to discuss the project.Costs for the project range could range from $184,000 to $284,000. Among the potential changes are replacing every other window in the front entrance of the school. Doors would be replaced with high-efficiency, low-E glass. Additional work would include new rooftop and duct work to heat the space.The windows with benches would stay in place.Another option would be to replace all the windows, including those made of glass block.Kearney said they were considering replacing the doors and glass panels, then waiting one year to see if an HVAC (heating , ventilation, air conditioning) system would be needed.School Board President Joe Goetz inquired about doing the first part of the project now, then completing the second phase at a later date.Bankovich replied that it would be a feasible plan, as the second phase would not interfere with work done during the first phase. For more on this story, see the Nov. 5 edition of The Daily Press.