Study Ranks Easton's School Buildings
Middle School's condition is "excellent," while Palmer Elementary is "poor."
As for Palmer Elementary, tough break. But it's been almost 60 years.
A new study commissioned by the Easton Area School District ranks the condition of the district's buildings from best to worst, and outlines possible improvements and what they would cost. (We've included a PDF of the study for your review.)
The study lists a "sample plan" for renovations/construction at the schools that would cost $73 million over the next seven years. The most expensive proposal: building a new school on the existing Palmer site, to the tune of $24.6 million.
It looks into the district's future and finds schools that are rapidly filling up; according to data from the state Department of Education, the district's enrollment will grow by 21 percent between the next school year and the 2019-2020 school year.
The condition rankings shouldn't be that surprising: while newer -- or newly renovated -- buildings like March and Shawnee Elementary and the middle school were at the top of the list, older schools like Palmer (built in 1953, and last renovated in 1979) wound up at the bottom.
Actually, Palmer was the only school that the study -- done by D'Huy Engineering -- rated as "poor." Cheston, Forks and Paxinosa elementary schools were in fair condition; Easton Area High School, Easton Area Academy, and Tracy Elementary were listed as "good."