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Lewisburg Area Approves New School Plan
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A school district in Union County is looking at a major overhaul after a $50 million to $60 million renovation project called Vision 2020 got the green light.

With a unanimous vote the Lewisburg Area School Board made the decision, passing a master facilities plan that means changes to athletic facilities, reconfiguring elementary schools, and building a brand new high school.

"I believe the board's unanimous support of the master facilities plan is a tremendous opportunity for our students as we move forward," said school board president Kathy Swope.

The master facilities plan may have passed unanimously, but not everyone was happy about that. The current high school has been in downtown Lewisburg for 82 years. The new building will be in nearby Kelly Township and for some people, that's too far. They believe the downtown location is better for students who walk to school.

"Taking the school out of the borough only two miles is, in fact, basically, impoverishing the educational experience of the kids," said Samantha Pearson of Lewisburg.

Others are thrilled the community is getting a new school.

"A campus atmosphere is going to happen when you build a new school with room to grow and all the facilities are right there," said David Gill of Lewisburg

School officials said they will start forming committees to decide when and how all the changes will happen, including how the district will finance it all.

"We want to use some alternative and innovative funding ideas to make this work as well as we possibly can," added Swope.

The plan is called Vision 2020 because school officials are hoping to have the entire project complete by 2020.

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