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June 25, 2013

New tenant for former East End school approved

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MEADVILLE —  Putting the whole building to work

The district has already entered into leases with the Creating Landscapes Learning Center and Crawford County READ, both based in Meadville, for additional space in the building.

The Learning Center will occupy a four-classroom suite on the building’s second floor, while the READ program will occupy a portion of the first floor on the building’s Lafayette Street side.

According to Superintendent Charlie Heller, the three leases now in place will leave just enough unrented space in the building to house one more possible tenant — the school district itself.

In July, the Sharon-based firm of HHSDR Architects/Engineers is expected to present the results of a feasibility study designed to investigate the suitability of the former East End to serve as the district’s administrative offices. Administrators are currently housed in the district’s Instructional Support Center on Mercer Pike in Vernon Township.

One of HHSDR’s tasks, according to Heller, is to determine whether locating the administrative offices in the building will be a use acceptable to Pennsylvania Department of Education, which is in the process of determining whether the structure will continue to receive reimbursement for approximately a third of the cost of recent renovations.

“It’s well worth the investment to complete the study,” Heller told the Tribune shortly after the READ lease was approved by the school board earlier this month. “Based on the study, we will know whether we can get reimbursement back from the state. The district is spending $8,000 on a study attempting to recoup $2.5 million.”

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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