DALLAS TWP. — A new engineering feasibility study on Dallas Elementary School will be presented during a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 28.
E.I. Associates, an architectural and engineering services firm with an office in Harrisburg, was hired by the Dallas School District in January to study all campus buildings, with a focus on the oldest, Dallas Elementary School.
The special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Dallas High School Performing Arts Center, off Conyngham Avenue in Dallas Township.
“The meeting is just for informational purposes,” said Superintendent Thomas Duffy
Duffy expects to hear “conceptual plans” that involve an estimate of costs associated with upgrading the elementary school’s electrical and pumping systems.
A second proposal would include the costs of constructing a new structure off the existing gym and demolishing the remainder of the building.
The new structure would house third, fourth and fifth grades or only four and fifth grades, Duffy said. In this scenario, younger students would attend Wycallis Elementary School, he said.
“These are not the only options,” Duffy said of the elementary school’s fate. “More research will need to be done.”
The 44-year-old elementary school is a prefabricated structure built in 1972 to temporarily shelter those displaced by flooding from Tropical Storm Agnes.
The building’s operational costs and structural integrity have been scrutinized in the past.
In August 2015, a facilities assessment by Wick Fisher White, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm in Philadelphia, reported the heating and ventilation units in the Dallas Elementary School needed to be updated. There are 35 heating and ventilation units in the building.
In November 2015, the school board allotted $75,000 to begin the process of replacing the oldest ventilation units first.