The West York school board will proceed as planned with its high school renovations after a public meeting about the project yielded no concerns from community residents.

The architects and financial advisors who give input for the renovations presented the overall plans for the high school, which include replacing the heating system and adding new classrooms and a gymnasium, among other things.

The high school portion of the project represents about $33.3 million of the total $54.8 million it will cost the district to renovate buildings across the district.

The school board spent multiple years preparing for the upcoming project, which is why the loan will not increase taxes over the next 20 years to cover interest costs, said Kenneth Phillips, financial advisor to the district with RBC Capital Markets.

"To borrow this amount of money for 0 mills takes a lot of planning," Phillips said.

No one from the public made any comments during the meeting. Projects that don't have an impact on the tax rate often mean less public concern, said superintendent Emilie Lonardi.

The district must wait 30 days until after the Tuesday meeting to be able to move forward with accepting bids for the project, which is scheduled to begin in October, according to Tom Gilbert, architect for the renovations. Gilbert has said the high school renovations are scheduled to be complete by August 2016.

Lonardi said the majority of the details for the high school renovations are complete. The administration is in the process of talking with teachers and coaches to determine small details for the project, which will be reflected in the final renovations, Lonardi said.


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