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Update on BL school presented during meeting

December 10, 2013
By RICHARD SBERNA - Wellsville Reporter ( , The Review

LISBON - The majority of seats in the auditorium at Beaver Local High School sat empty Monday evening, with fewer than 10 people showing up for an informational presentation about the district's new K-12 school.

The presentation, which occurred during the district's regular monthly meeting, had originally been scheduled for tonight, but was changed last week to be incorporated into Monday's meeting.

Architects from the firm of Olsavsky Jaminet, who designed the new school, presented a slide show displaying site plans for the building, along with computer renderings of the exterior of the new structure.

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John DeFrance, an architect with Olsavsky Jaminet Architects, explains the site plan for the new Beaver Local K-12 school building during a sparsely-attended meeting Monday evening. (Photo by Richard Sberna)

Architect John DeFrance emphasized certain themes during his presentation, including separation of the students among the the elementary, middle and high school wings of the new building, as well as the technological and philosophical advancements incorporated into the design.

"We spent a lot of time over the summer with faculty, staff, students and the administration working to come up with the floor plan the way it stands, with a clear focus on the 21st century learning model," DeFrance said.

Architect Douglas Abbatiello presented several views of the auditorium at the new school, which will be shallower but wider, with seating that he said would provide a better view for all who attend functions there. The latest in lighting and sound equipment would also be incorporated into the auditorium for plays, concerts and the like.

Bill Sherman from Hammond Construction, the construction manager-at-risk on the project, gave an update the the construction timeline. The early site package, which includes excavation of the land itself, and the laying of sewer lines and other underground utilities, has been completed at the site on Bell School Road.



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