Rare Disagreement on Lewisburg School Board

LEWISBURG –Tensions ran high among members of the Lewisburg Area School board during a hearing Thursday on the proposed designs for the new high school. The heated discussion took place between board members Mary Howe and Edward Zych.

“There was a little bit of a clash between two of our board members,” said President Kathy Swope. “It was brief, but developed over the topic of our facilities issue.”

Their dispute related to whether athletic fields or the building itself should be completed first. The projected $30 million building is expected to be done by 2015. Some initial facility approvals are necessary before next year’s budget can be adopted.

The issue does not need to be resolved immediately. Project manager John Beddia of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates said last night’s meeting was a “planning exercise,” and that the project requires another six to eight months of planning before construction can begin.

“We are continuing to move forward toward the building of the new high school,” Swope said. “We must plan to have a new building in place within the next eight years.” The budget can wait for the board’s deliberation over the build for the coming months. (Andy Reed)