Administrators for the Upper Perkiomen School District will soon begin receiving financial reimbursements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the construction of the new middle school in Upper Hanover. Last week, the school board voted to acknowledge receipt of PlanCon Part H and to enter approval of this document and appended materials from the state agency into the meeting minutes.
According to Business Manager Sandra Kassel, the document marks the fourth and final document received from the DOE. She said the initial reimbursement payment will come in the next few months.
The district is expected to receive $6.7 million over the next 25 years which covers the life of the bonds, according to Kassel. She explained, following the Jan. 11 regular meeting at Hereford Elementary, that the district will receive a monthly reimbursement worth approximately eight percent of each loan payment.
School officials approved four bonds totaling $55.290 million between 2016 and 2019, according to an attachment to the meeting agenda posted on the district's website. During the meeting, Kassel told the members she expected to provide a final cost total for construction of the new school on Montgomery Avenue in March.
Stephen Cunningham announced that he has accepted a one-year term as president of the Western Montgomery Career & Technical Center. His main responsibility will be to serve as a liaison between the three districts that feed the technical center and the school's solicitor.
Though Cunningham – nominated for the position by a Pottsgrove school board member – described the job as a caretaker role, he said he would like to see more ninth graders from Upper Perkiomen attending the school at 77 Graterford Road in Royersford.
Upper Perkiomen has more than doubled its application for ninth graders, according to Cunningham. He said the center will continue to increase its outreach. It has already split its manufacturing curriculum into separate machining and welding programs.
"We'd like to see more kids attend technical colleges," Cunningham said.
The board approved separate motions appointing ...