On September 18, the Yorktown Board of School Trustees awarded bids for renovation and expansion of Pleasant View Elementary School and for construction of a new transportations facility for the district.
The Pleasant View project, costing approximately $4 million, will add six classrooms, three on the northwest corner and three on the southwest corner, to the building. In addition, a new office complex will be constructed on the east side of the building, and a new cafeteria/dining area will be constructed on the southeast corner of the building. This project is designed to greatly improve capacity, safety, and security at Pleasant View.
The transportation facility will cost approximately $1.9 million and will be located on the south side of River Road, near the intersection with 600 W. This project will move all bus parking and transportation-related facilities away from the YHS parking lot in order to improve safety, security, and traffic flow.
Construction on both projects is expected to begin during Fall Break, the week of October 8, 2018, with completion expected prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year. The district has retained the Skillman Corporation, a well-respected construction management firm with wide experience in school construction and renovation, to administer these projects. Pleasant View Elementary School will be communicating with parents and guardians about changes in procedures and safety plans for the construction project. Skillman has worked closely with the district to establish a sequencing of construction that will allow for minimizing disruption and maximizing safety. In addition, the district has employed a monitor to be stationed at the newly-designated main entrance during construction, to further enhance security. All contractors working on site will be subject to criminal history checks, and Skillman's full-time, on-site superintendent will manage the construction work on a daily basis.
The Pleasant View project is being funded by a bond, but, due to the retirement of other debt obligations, this project is expected to have minimal to no impact on the school tax rate. The transportation project is being funded from accumulated cash, so it will have no impact on the school tax rate.
All interested members of the public are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 25, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Yorktown High School Auditorium. A brief presentation will be made regarding the projects, and members of the public are welcome to ask questions and share comments.