The Williamsport Area School Board is moving ahead on plans to renovate Lycoming Valley Intermediate School.

During its meeting this week, the board heard a report from Scott Cousin, project manager for the architectural firm of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, on possible upgrades.

The project, at an estimated cost of between $32.5 and $35.8 million, would include adding classrooms, renovating HVAC and plumbing, replacing doors and windows, and other improvements.

“We are trying to increase the capacity a bit,” he said.

The project would be covered in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief dollars and the district’s capital reserve funds.

Cousin said construction could begin next year and take between 18 and 24 months.

Ideally, much of the construction process could be done during the summer months and take two years, he noted.

The board agreed to further discuss the project at a future meeting at which time it will consider approving Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates to do the design work.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers noted that the project will be done independently of the Stevens Primary School project.

The board is considering whether to renovate, raze or close the school and possibly build a new school at the Stevens site.

It was agreed by the board to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 to discuss the fate of the school building.

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