The district had housed fifth grade in Skrynski Elementary School and grades 6 to 8 in the former high school across Franklin Avenue. The children often had to travel across the street to use certain facilities. The challenge was to develop a plan to take advantage of the site’s unique characteristics and topography. The realignment of Franklin Avenue allowed the CAPACITY1,412COST PER SQ FT$94.50FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio of these programs into one building, and the topography permitted on-grade entry/exit from two floors.
Two academic house units per grade level created small groups. Each team includes four classrooms, a science lab/lecture room and a shared learning support classroom. The district wanted the fifth grade to be separate from the other academic units. Therefore, fifth grade is on the same level as the supporting core area of the facility, which minimizes student movement.
The cafeteria provides views of the middle school/high school campus, as well as indoor seating to view baseball games at the adjacent field.
The theater’s surround sound and video technology have allowed the district to create family movie night for the community, which has no theater.
Color themes, representative of the region, were included to define the Endless Mountain House and Susquehanna House team areas, as well as grade levels. These colors were threaded throughout the facility in murals.