CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area School District has found a new tenant for the former Centre Elementary School building.
On Monday night, Superintendent Terry Struble said Pyramid Healthcare would like to lease the building for its Soaring Heights School.
He said the lease is awaiting review by the district’s solicitor, the Beard Legal Group of Altoona. Struble asked the board to approve the agreement contingent upon the final approval of the solicitor.
Struble said the district’s next voting meeting wasn’t until late July, and he wanted to give Pyramid Healthcare adequate time for its own planning purposes.
He said it will be a one-year agreement that’s renewable for two, one-year periods after that, or up to a three-year period, and rent will start out at $7,000/month.
Struble said Pyramid Healthcare will be responsible for costs associated with custodial/cleaning needs, sidewalk maintenance, snow removal, lawncare, garbage removal, Internet, etc.
He said consideration is also being given to tuition reduction of 3 percent per year for Clearfield students already in the Soaring Heights program.
He said any new students who transfer would be looking at a 5 percent tuition reduction the first year, and then 3 percent every year thereafter.
Struble said the agreement also provided an out clause in the event school didn’t resume in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following board discussion, members voted, 8-0, to approve the district’s lease agreement with Pyramid Healthcare contingent upon the solicitor’s final approval.
Also, on Monday night, the board approved a bid from Aqua Pool Inc. of Pittsburgh to complete the pool renovation project at the Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High School.
Struble said the company has been in business for over three decades and meets the district’s requirement of having at least 20 years of experience.
Aqua Pool’s bid came in at $123,790, he said, and the district had estimated the project’s cost would be somewhere between $118,000 and $125,000.
Struble said the company had representatives examine the pool area and they believe the project can be completed by Aug. 25-26, so that it won’t interfere with swimming classes.