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WEST GOSHEN — After announcing in June that the West Chester Area School District will look to sell its administration building located along Paoli Pike, the school board unanimously approved an agreement of sale for a new building in Exton on July 25.
The new home for the administration offices will be at 782 Springdale Drive, a short distance away from the district’s Exton Elementary School.
However, the move is not expected to happen until early 2017 as settlement on the property will occur sometime over the fall.
The district will be moving out of its current building, known as the Spellman Administration Building, a 92-year-old structure in need of major repair and maintenance, which is what led to the district to search elsewhere for a home.
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“There are numerous structural concerns, including flooding issues, compliance with federal laws, infrastructure issues and heating and ventilation concerns,” Superintendent Jim Scanlon said about the Spellman building in a letter to parents in June.
The necessary repairs to the building were estimated at about $5.7 million, leading the school board to instead look at other options.
The new location in Exton is 42,000 square feet and will cost the district just $3.5 million — a considerable drop from the repair estimates for Spellman — and will come with no tax raise to residents.
“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 the letter.
Additional money to help offset some of the cost will also come from any sale of the Spellman building, which the school board authorized in June.
Through a Facilities Task Force, appointed in February, 10 separate buildings were reviewed, ranging in cost from $3.1 million to $9.4 million and ranging in size from 36,000 to 65,000 square feet.
School board members Robin Kaliner and Chris McCune were not able to attend the meeting.