Mifflintown, PA – On August 22, members of the board, administration, principals, teachers, and students of the Juniata County School District participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Fermanagh-Mifflintown and Monroe Elementary Schools as construction gets underway for the school consolidation initiative. John Breneman, a member of Senator Jake Corman’s office, also attended to represent the senator’s support of a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development Multimodal Transportation Program.
By consolidating eight schools into three, the district will offer improved programming to their students and achieve significant operational and construction cost savings. Lackawanna-Tuscarora Elementary School will be maintained, while nearly 150,000 square feet will be added to Fermanagh-Mifflintown and Monroe Elementary Schools. Reynolds is the program manager and JPD Architects, LLC, is the architect.
“Equity throughout the district is one of the items that the consolidation will address,” said Keith Yarger, superintendent of the school district, who noted that some classes are as small as 12 students while others have as many as 28. “By joining the schools together, we will have class sizes that will be more equitable across the district.” Yarger described additional advantages to the consolidation, such as bright and inviting libraries and media centers, 21st century technology, full-sized gyms in which students can play during inclement weather, and additional restrooms.
The schools will be ready for the 2018-19 school year.