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Construction At New Dallas School Moving Forward

February 4, 2019 GMT

Work on the new Dallas Intermediate School continues with interior work now moving forward.

A model classroom with paint and fixtures could be ready to view this month, officials said at the last Dallas School Board meeting Jan. 14. The project “is moving forward well,” Superintendent Thomas Duffy said.

The cost of construction contracts awarded in April totals $16.8 million. The new school will be for the third through fifth grades and is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

See detailed plans of the new school here and artist’s renderings of the school here.

The exterior of the new school is on the school district campus off Hildebrandt Road in Dallas Twp. adjacent to Wycallis Elementary School. When the new school opens, Wycallis Elementary School will be used for kindergarten and first and second grades.

The district plans to demolish Dallas Elementary School in August. Board members in 2017 said Dallas Elementary should be demolished because it was at “the end of its useful life.”

Dallas Elementary is a prefabricated building delivered after an enrollment boom due to the 1972 Tropical Storm Agnes flood.

This school year, the district consolidated kindergarten at Wycallis Elementary School. Wycallis and Dallas Elementary School this year still have their own students in first through fifth grades.

The new intermediate school will be two stories and consist of 63,000 square feet. It will have 33 classrooms, a media center, a gym, a kitchen and cafeteria.

School officials held a groundbreaking event for the project in May. The school district borrowed $18.35 million to pay for the construction project, and debt payments spread over 25 years are projected to cost nearly $28.7 million, records show.

The total cost of debt service payments is $30.8 million with $12.5 million covering interest, but the district also expects to receive

$2.2 million in state reimbursement funds.

The school board approved the following construction contracts in April: Lobar Inc., general construction, $11.8 million; Pennsylvania Mechanical Systems Co., heating/ventilation/air conditioning, $2 million; G.R. Noto Electrical Construction, electrical, $1.8 million; JBM Mechanical Inc., plumbing, $1.2 million; Prism Response, environmental abatement, $55,929.

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