On Monday, July 13, 2015, at the public Buildings and Grounds Committee Meeting,Marotta/Main Architects shared schematic designs for the proposed East CoventryElementary School construction. The vision for the new building is that the structure reflecta love of literacy. The media center will be a focal point.
As published in the May 2016 Advocate newsletter, the East Coventry Elementary School project continues to move forward. The East Coventry Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors approved the Preliminary Land Development Plans on Monday, April 11, 2016. The district is grateful to township supervisors for continuing to work toward the shared prosperity of a project which is fiscally responsible, supports student success, and is a positive impact to the community.
With a love of literacy at the forefront, the media center will be the focal point of the new East Coventry Elementary School featuring an outdoor reading court planned to be accessible from both the media center and art classroom. The building is proposed to be 85,800 square feet. It will be constructed on East Cedarville Road, on property contiguous to the existing site. The front of the building will run parallel to East Cedarville Road with the main office, media center, and computer classroom housed on the first floor. Classroom wings will extend from both sides of the main entrance area utilizing two floors. The back of the building will house the cafeteria, stage, gymnasium, music, art, health and guidance. Best practice in school security has been addressed by featuring a number of security measures including electronic locks, a secure entrance, monitored doors and multiple cameras.The school, like the new East Vincent building, will be constructed as a non-combustible structure with steel frame, masonry shell, and efficient HVAC systems. The HVAC systems will run off gas fuel, which was run to the site in 2014. The building will be designed to meet current codes. New play areas will be developed. The District is in the process of obtaining necessary governmental agency approvals for the project. Fall 2016 is the anticipated construction start date, working toward anticipated winter 2017/2018 move-in. A fly-over 3-D schematic of the new school may be found on the district website in the About Us section.
The school district has been paying attention to aging East Coventry and East Vincent buildings and systems since 2004, saving incrementally for these projects over the past decade. District’s Chief Financial Officer Jaclin Krumrine noted, “The only immediate tax impact will be those indirect costs associated with maintenance of the building. Avoiding the issuance of debt will save the district enormous interest costs over the next 25 years.”