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Hopewell School District To Spend Over $70 Million On Construction – Tax Increases Coming

The Hopewell Area School Board is inching closer to a district-wide building and student grouping overhaul estimated to cost upward of $71 million over the next 10 years.

On Monday, the board agreed 9-0 to move ahead with the concept of the “Option 5” feasibility study recommendation of how to address facility problems.

That option recommends closing Hopewell (Kane Road) and Independence elementary schools; building a new K-3 Primary Center either adjoining or near the junior high or adjoining Margaret Ross Elementary; and grouping grades 4-6 and 7-8 in different areas of the junior high – what officials are calling “a school within a school.” The option may also include renovating Margaret Ross into an administration building.

On top of those potential actions, the district will extensively update and renovate the junior and senior high schools.

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Lori Boone
Lori Boone
Lori DeLauter Boone has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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deedor1972
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deedor1972

In confused, what does monaca have anything to do with hopewell and the K3?

deedor1972
Member
deedor1972

Sorry misread monaca and monday, damn 15 hour work day

Raven
Member
Raven

I don’t have a horse in this race, but including 4th graders with older graders is never a good idea. The issue is a lack of knowledge of child development, educational needs and their social/emotional needs, not just a grade number. The 5 through 8 grade span and 4 to 5 year age difference can lead to problems — problems that arise and are very difficult to understand, solve or trace the beginnings of.

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

The school district doesn’t care. The parents in Hopewell have been VERY vocally against this, and I’ve yet to hear a single parent say that they think this is a good idea, but the school board is ramming this down their throats. More than anything, parents have been asking to postpone this for at least another school year so more of the logistics can be worked out with integrating the 4th graders with higher grades, but the school just wants to push, push, push to get this started yesterday. At the rate things are going in Hopewell right now, I’d be surprised if there isn’t a 100% removal of the entire board come next election over this.

beavercounty2
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beavercounty2

Board President Lesia Dobo is quoted as saying ” Although we share some of your same concerns, we also feel that the potential transition provides great potential for opportunity for them as well.”

“Potentially speaking”, who are the “we” you speak of President Dobo, and specifically what “potential” opportunity are you speaking of? The availability of a library media center, indoor recess for K-3?

Or maybe the opportunity for a 9 year old child to hang out with teenagers? You know, learn some “new” words, get some “street creds”. I suggest President Dobo, and her “we” people ride a school bus, or hang outside the Jr. high after school before they decide to indoctrinate elementary children into the teen age world of today.

equalizer13
Member
equalizer13

Tax, taxes and more tax and spend. Same old shit will produce same results. No innovators on that board and very few in this county. Born and steeped in corruption, family and friends and personal fiefdoms.

beavercounty2
Member
beavercounty2

Well, well, well……Plans canceled due to misinformation being provided/obtained on suspected student population growth. Many questions here…Just a few off the top of my head. Who provided/obtained/used the wrong information? How much in tax dollars were spent to have the study/plans drawn up? Who created/drew up the plans and what ties if any, do they have to the present school officials?

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