CVSD considers building updates

The Conewago Valley school board discussed its ongoing feasibility study for replacing or updating buildings during the board’s meeting on Monday evening.

Superintendent Sharon Perry said the district should be prepared to have a feasibility study meeting with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates next month. The district is comparing scenarios for updating its buildings.


“We’re targeting mid-November for our next formal meeting where Crabtree and Rohrbaugh will be coming back with a conceptual design, potentially for a K-3 facility that would either be on the NOE (New Oxford Elementary) site or on the fields back behind the middle school,” Perry said. “And compare that, then, to what would be complete renovations at both CTE (Conewago Township Elementary) and NOE.”

The last published update to the feasibility study was from Sept. 12. A .pdf with the update can be viewed here.

“We have aging facilities and we want to be able to provide the very best 21st century learning opportunities that help to support our students,” Perry said.

Perry told the board she has also been working to apply for a grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “That’s about a $314,000 grant that we can expect to come forward to help us not only with some of our safety practices, but also for our mental health initiatives,” Perry said.

The board approved several personnel actions, including the hire of a data manager curriculum leader for grades K-12. Multiple extracurricular contracts for chess, bowling, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and swimming were also approved.

Dr. Rob Walker, assistant superintendent of the district, said the district is working on developing its math curriculum. Walker has been encouraged by the interest of the teachers.

“I think probably the most rewarding part of the process was, for me, seeing approximately 18 teachers who volunteered their time to be there with mathematics curriculum readers to be a part of this process,” Walker said. “That really shows that our teachers want ownership in this process. We care deeply about the work we do here.”

Public comment

Two individuals addressed the board during the time for public comment.

Louann Boyer, vice president of the Conewago Township board of supervisors, briefly spoke near the end of the meeting.

“I understood that there was a request to have supervisors or township officials come to some of your meetings because that way we can interact a little bit,” Boyer said.

Boyer said she has several children and grandchildren who attended CVSD schools or currently attend, as well as a daughter who is employed by the district.

“Anything I can help with as a Conewago Township supervisor, please, let us know,” Boyer said.

Board President Edward Groft said cooperation between the district and township could be beneficial.

“There are times when you could give us information that would help us make some of the decisions that we do make,” Groft said.

Another individual said the band played the National Anthem “very nicely,” adding that it would be nice to also hear the words sung.

The board held an executive session prior to starting the open meeting, according to Groft.

 The board will hold a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Meetings are held in the district office and are typically available to watch live on the district’s YouTube channel.

A feasibility study meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the district office.

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