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WEST GOSHEN — Walking along the hallways of the Spellman Administration Building, it’s impossible to not see how old the administrative home of the West Chester Area School District is.
The building, located along Paoli Pike, is 92 years old – and shows its age.
“There are numerous structural concerns, including flooding issues, compliance with federal laws, infrastructure issues and heating and ventilation concerns,” said Superintendent Jim Scanlon in a letter to district parents on June 23.
At the monthly meeting on Monday, the school board voted 7-0 to authorize the administration to market the sale of the Spellman Administration Building.
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The district had an independent architectural firm check out the building and estimated it would cost $5.7 million to do the necessary renovations.
Instead of fronting the huge cost, the board and district administration believed it could find a newer place for considerably less money.
As far as a new home goes for the administration, the district will be looking into a location located along Springdale Drive in Exton. It is located in an office park and was once a computer hardware company.
The 17-year-old building has 42,000 square feet and the district believes it can purchase it for $3.5 million. The board has authorized the district solicitor to negotiate terms for the property.
The final agreement of the sale must be signed by the seller and approved by the school board at a future meeting.
A Facilities Task Force was appointed in February to take a look at the renovation cost of Spellman and to look at 10 different buildings in the area, ranging from 26,000 to 65,000 square feet and $3.1 million to $9.4 million in cost.
“The purchase of a new building will have no impact on tax rates because money has already been set aside in a capital savings account for the purpose of renovating the Spellman Administration Building,” Scanlon said in his letter.
School board member Kate Shaw was absent from the meeting. School board member Chris McCune was not physically present at the meeting but participated in some of it remotely via speakerphone. However, McCune wasn’t able to stay on the phone call for the vote on the administration building.