Highlighting action at their April 11 meeting, the Colonial Board of School Directors approved bids for the renovation of Colonial Elementary School (CES). The renovation is set to begin immediately following the current school year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Christian explained the need for additional instructional space given enrollment increases expected in the next two years. He stated that current locker room space will be converted into three classrooms on the first floor, while two large classrooms with a common area between them on both the second and third floors will be transformed into three classrooms each, resulting in the addition of one classroom on each floor.
Dr. Christian added that in addition to the five new classrooms, the current cafeteria will be expanded. He said the project is scheduled to take eight weeks to complete.
The total cost of the bids for general construction, mechanical construction, electrical construction and plumbing construction came in at $1,432,900 or slightly under the project estimate.
In other business, the Board approved the District's share of the 2019-2020 Central Montco Technical High School Operating Budget. Colonial's share of the $10,185,025 spending plan is $1,606,801 or a decrease of $381,877 from the current year.
Also at the meeting the Board recognized five Plymouth Whitemarsh High School wrestlers who had qualified for the PIAA Southeast Regional Championships in March. It was the first time the school qualified that many wrestlers for the regional meet.
Additionally, the Board recognized and thanked John Kennedy Subaru and Subaru of America for its generous $18,390 contribution to the Colonial School District Education Foundation. The money raised from the organization's Share the Love hometown charity event will be used to fund the summer meals programs at Conshohocken Elementary School and Plymouth Elementary School. Colonial School District Director of Development and Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness Denise Marks stated that the gift will fund the summer breakfast and lunch program at both schools for several years. She added that Subaru has made other gifts totaling more than $10,000 to the Foundation throughout the course of the year to support the District's STEAM initiative.