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  • State High Fall of 2018 Parking Map

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  • Artist renderings of the State High Project.

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  • Project updates: December 15, 2015

    On Dec. 15, SCASD Director of Physical Plant Ed Poprik, State College Area School District Board of School Directors President Amber Concepcion and board member Gretchen Brandt spoke about the State High Project at the Centre Region Council of Governments meeting. The trio briefed COG representatives on the project’s costs and progress.

    At this stage, the construction management team is securing the necessary permits and making other preparations to begin the first demolition work on the western wing of the South Building early next year. A winter start date has not been established yet, and work is not anticipated over the holiday break. Poprik compared the project now to a train getting underway, noting it needs a bit of time to gain speed and move forward.

    In the meantime, sign up for project updates via e-mail and/or SMS text to stay informed. Updates will include timely news and features about project progress, parking and traffic, construction phasing, project milestones, and more.

    To sign up, visit www.scasd.org/shpsignup.

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  • Project updates: November 30, 2015

    On Monday, Nov. 30, the State College Area School District Board of School Directors awarded construction base bids and bid alternates for the State High Project.

    • The seven low base bids — general contractor, sitework, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and food service equipment —  totalled $117,023,100.
    • The Board voted to award $3,479,000 of bid alternate options, rejecting $15,066,800 worth of others.
    • Accepted bid alternates included air conditioning and locker room renovations in the existing North Building gym, a North Building solar array, a district satellite kitchen, a roof greenhouse and stage panel lights.
    • The Board voted to reject the vegetated roof and Innovation Center bid alternate options. But in each case, it approved a motion to direct the district administration to research “best-value options” for a substitute project in the future.
    • With base bids, alternate bids and soft costs, the project’s total cost to the district will be $137,249,182. This reflects the district receiving two LEED grants of about $4 million for the project.

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District News

  • Technology Student Association (TSA) Awards

    Park Forest Middle School’s TSA chapter turned in a high-powered performance at the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania TSA Competition. Additionally, the State High TSA Chapter also sent members to the state competition.

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  • Getting Creative with Art

    It looked as though the Park Forest Middle School showcase for exceptional artwork by students in grades 6-8 would be cancelled — until Park Forest’s art teachers, in the spirit of their profession, decided to get creative.

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  • SCASD Named Best Communities for Music Education

    For the eighth straight year, SCASD has received the Best Communities for Music Education award from the nonprofit National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The honor marks the 17th time since 2000 that the foundation has recognized SCASD for its support for music education.

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  • Kristen Albright Named PAECT Teacher of the Year

    Helping students embrace failure en route to success underpins STEM education for Albright, who recently was named the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) teacher of the year. She stresses that perseverance drives the best engineers and scientists toward solutions.

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  • Tasty Treats From Food Services Baker Jim Nolte

    Baker Jim Nolte has achieved districtwide celebrity status, thanks to the weekly meal distributions to families begun last year. His chocolate chip banana bread continues to garner rave reviews on social media with tales of siblings fighting for the prized slices in the bagged meals.

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