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Glenside-Weldon Elementary School
             Easton Rd  Glenside,  PA           
 

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   THE ISSUE IN A NUTSHELL  :  The school district in 2013 announced plans to close and demolish the Glenside Weldon school building which has asbestos, outdated systems and would be expensive to renovate.  A demographic /enrollment report commissioned by the school shows an influx of possibly as many as 1250 students over the next 10 years.  The school is not permitted to get rid of property that it may, in the future, need.    Residents asked to have  as much of the historic aspect of the property preserved ( it has markers on site that carry the years 1906 and 1926  - so besides the beautiful facade there is a great deal of history that comes with this school . Residents offered suggestions to the board about maintaining or preserving the original it - but there had been mention that they would look into that,  a meeting was cancelled because of  inclement weather  and at the January 2014 meeting, this was not taken any further.   Age, asbestos, cost, layout, safety, etc. were among the many factors cited  that made preservation of the school as it has been  impractical.
     A powerpoint presentation was offered in June of 2013:
(click here for the June 2013  powerpoint info )  when the demolition was approved .  The $2million for demolition was moved from the general fund and accounted for in the 2013-1014 budget    A hearing was conducted in September 2013 .  In November 2013 the enrollment presentation was made.   In January 2014,  a motion to close the property permanently as a school effective January 15, 2014 was passed by the board . The estimated $250,000 a year to maintain the building until it was needed was considered prohibitive and  the  board  said they had sought tenants to lease the building, but met no success.

  ANTICIPATED ACTIONS TIMELINE
Jan 14 , 2014  school board passed a resolution to close the school -effective January 15, 2014.
Here is an anticipated timeline: not set in stone
January  2014 ( end of the month ) consider a motion to advertise  the demolition and submit  demolition permit February  2014   the bidding process will get underway
March  2014 receive bids and consider taking action to award demolition contracts
April 2014 do the demolition 
October 1 - 24th construct the new fields
October 31 project is expected to be done

ALTERNATIVES  & Prices :
The cost of demolition was anticipated to be $2 million

Modifications to the building to add on to it and to renovate instead of razing it  were estimated to possibly go as high as $29.4 million 
Modifications that will additionally be needed 10 years from the first modifications are estimated at $ 44.9 million in 2024
New school  if built in 2014  is estimated to be $26.2 million
New school expansions  n 2024
are estimated at $36.6 million
Maintaining the old school until  it is needed was estimated at $250,000 a year - prohibitive
Renters / tenants have not materialized, though sought

GROUPS, WEBSITES and LINKS
 
Glenside-Weldon Friends on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/SaveGlensideWeldonSchool

 June 2013  powerpoint info  or : http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/board/archives/June%2025%202013/GLENSIDE-WELDON%20TIMELINE%20-%20JUNE%202013.pdf

PRIOR ACTION OR INFORMATION

Sept 18    7:30 pm A public hearing was  held  Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the  School Administration Building  7:30 p.m.

The demolition of the school, expected to cost about $2 million  involves removal of  asbestos & other hazards.   Residents near  the school will be informed by mail of the hearing.

Prospective timeline : 

Sept. - Oct. 2013  preparation of plans and specs for demolition and site design, and award contracts for asbestos consultant and  fuel tank consultant.

Nov. - Jan. review plans and specs & submit to  Montgomery County Conservation District;  preliminary review with the township planning and code enforcement department.

Jan. 14  The board will consider a motion to close Glenside-Weldon Elementary School

Jan -Feb If the motion to close passes there will be a motion to advertise the demolition  then a  permit for the demolition and bids will be sought

Mar - Apr-   receipt of bids and awarding & execution of contracts .
Apr  - Construction would begin late April

Oct 1- Oct. 24  2014:  Construction of Fields
Coct 31  : Final project completion expected

 

 

 

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