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August 13, 2013

Danville Middle School ready for school opening

DANVILLE — Repairs to the Danville Middle School are right on schedule for its Aug. 26 opening day, according to district officials.

“We’re about 90 percent moved in,” said Rick Engle, the district’s director of maintenance. What’s left, which includes locker room and office equipment, should be in by the end of the week.

“Right now the biggest problem we got there is the stage curtain…If that’s the biggest problem we got, we’re in good shape,” Engle said. The curtain is an incorrect size for the stage, he said.

While repairs to the school are moving along as expected, the district is now bracing for traffic problems during student drop-off and pick-up. The building is located along Route 11, near its intersection Route 54. This puts it in close proximity to both repairs to Route 54 and the borough’s flood prevention project along Mahoning Creek.

School board president Allan Schappert called it a “perfect storm” of traffic problems, adding that increased traffic to the growing Geisinger Medical Center will also affect travel around the middle school.

“We know its going to be a problem,” said Schappert. The district will hold a meeting on Aug. 19 with borough police and Larson Design Group in an attempt to find ways to minimize traffic obstructions near the building. The district has already sent out letters to parents advising them of the problem, said Schappert.

Repairs to the Danville Middle School are right on schedule for its Aug. 26 opening day, according to district officials.

“We’re about 90 percent moved in,” said Rick Engle, the district’s director of maintenance. What’s left, which includes locker room and office equipment, should be in by the end of the week.

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