School District May Incur More Debt

A series of upcoming Armstrong School District renovations and improvements may lead to some new borrowing in the coming weeks.

To pay for energy-saving renovations to two district elementary schools and improve West Shamokin Junior-Senior High and it’s athletic stadium, Armstrong School District board directors will reportedly consider authorizing a resolution to borrow up to $14 million.

A decision is to be considered as soon as Monday evening’s regular board meeting at West Hills Intermediate School in East Franklin Township.

During a special meeting last week, school directors approved to continue working toward $9.3 million in renovations at Shannock Valley Elementary School in Rural Valley this Summer. Another nearly-$800,000 worth of repairs would be done as part of Phase Two of the project.

In August, school directors received a 21-page report of possible energy solutions to Shannock Valley and Eldertion Elementary schools

School officials have discussed postponing Elderton Elementary renovations instead of coordinating both projects in 2017, School Superintendent Chris DeVivo and Finance and Operations Director Sam Kirk previously said.