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Task force to study replacing PA school buildings

November 26th, 2012 - 6:18am

(Port Angeles) -- The Port Angeles school district will form a community task force to come up with ideas for its aging buildings.

Superintendent Dr. Jane Pryne will get the the green light to form the committee.

Pryne says she hopes the group will be in place by the end of the year.

"The task force is set to be approved by the school board on December 10th," Pryne told KONP. "It won't have names attached, but we hope to find a diverse, cross section of the community to make up the committee."

The district is trying to deal with a number of buildings still in use that are more than 50 years old. The task force is one of the first steps in forming a plan for replacing the buildings that could lead to a bond measure going before voters.

Port Angeles High School, Stevens Middle School, Franklin and Hamilton Elementary schools are all about 60 years old and are beginning to fail.

School board member Lonnie Linn says the district has run out of options to keep the school building operating.

"We've run out of infrastructure," said Linn. "Our HVAC systems are so old, our staff is having to make parts because you can't find them anymore. This is a real problem and it needs to be fixed."

School board member Steve Baxter says he hopes the committee will help give the definitive direction on what the community needs for new and upgraded buildings.

The district conducted an engineering study that five years ago scored the older buildings at less than 50 out of a possible 100.

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