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August 13, 2013

Superintendent: Conemaugh Township elementary to open on time, despite rumors

— Despite rumors to the contrary, the Conemaugh Township Area Elementary School will open on time for the the start of the upcoming school year.

Conemaugh Township Area School District Superintendent Gary Buchsen acknowledged that rumors have been going around that the school will not be ready in time because of construction work, but he said classes will begin Aug. 26.

“We’ve been doing the best we can to notify parents that we will start school as scheduled,” he said. “Clearly, with any project it’s easy for misinformation to get out there, but the classrooms are ready to go and we are moving forward.”

Construction is ongoing with paving work and the installation of the gymnasium floor needing to be completed.

“The paving is being done in phases and we would like to have that finished by mid- to late September,” Buchsen said. “We’re hoping to have the gym completed by the end of September.”

He said because of parking issues, parents attenting kindergarten orientation with their child on Aug. 26 should park at Davidsville Community Church, 197 Pender Road, and a shuttle will take them to the school.

“Once orientation is done, the shuttle will take them back to the church,” Buchsen said. “This is just for one day and the regular bus schedule will start the next day.”

Work on the project began in August 2012, and it’s being handled by Building Related Solutions Inc. of Windber.

Renovations include painting, recarpeting, new windows and some reconfigurations throughout the building. New construction includes the gymnasium and office space and creating additional parking.

Once all the work is completed an open house will be held.

“We look forward to having folks come in and tour our new building,” Buchsen said.

Kelly Urban is a general assignment reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kellyurban25.

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