West York School District has authorized a maximum project cost of $11.95 million and a maximum construction cost of $5.08 million for work at Wallace Elementary School.

Proposed upgrades to the single-story school at 2065 High St. include adding a two-story structure to house classrooms, administration offices and nurse's area.

The additional classrooms would be designed to house all K-1 students.

For security and visitor monitoring, a new main entrance that leads directly to the administration office will be added. Separate parent drop-offs and bus loops are also planned.

The Wallace project includes upgrading outdated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, replacing an oil-fired boiler and unit ventilators with an energy-efficient geothermal heat pump system. The project includes a new fire protection system, restroom renovations and transforming a satellite kitchen into a full-service cooking kitchen.

Wallace was built in 1952.

The district will hold an Act 34 public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, about the plans at the West York Area Middle School cafeteria, 1700 Bannister St.

Part of larger project: Including the Wallace upgrade plans, the district continues to move forward with a $48 million capital improvement project to several of its buildings.


The proposed plans include: infrastructure upgrades to Lincolnway and Trimmer elementary schools as well as the high school; additional classrooms at the high school; a new gymnasium and new locker rooms at the high

school; security upgrades to Lincolnway and Trimmer elementary schools and to the high school; and renovations to the administration offices.

Prior to the Act 34 hearing, the district will hold two meetings to discuss its facilities plans. The meetings are at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Sept. 9, at its administration building at 2605 W. Market St.

After the Act 34 public hearing Sept. 17, the district will wait 30 days to receive public comments. The plan is to vote on the Wallace project in November.

Grade reconfiguration: The district also is mulling an elementary grade level reconfiguration that could go into effect at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Reconfiguration considerations include making Wallace and Loucks the primary sites for K-1 students, with Lincolnway and Trimmer serving grades 2 to 5. Lincolnway could house grades 2 to 3, while Trimmer houses grades 4 and 5, or vice versa, said district superintendent Emilie Lonardi.

The district will schedule a time to hold a public discussion on the matter in the future, she said.

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmilla n@yorkdispatch.com.