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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What steps will be taken to communicate with residents during the project?
A. Information will be posted on this website and quarterly meetings will be set up
in the community to discuss the project. Meeting information will be posted on
this website and on the school district cable channel (Comcast-
Q. What will be done with the students during the renovation project?
A. The District has leased the St. Joseph’s School in Collingdale to house the
students starting in January 2011 through completion of the project.
Q. Will the students who currently walk to Ardmore Avenue School be bussed to
St. Joseph’s School in Collingdale?
Q. Will the YMCA before-
Ardmore Avenue School still be operated at the St. Joseph’s School?
Q. How long will the project take?
A. The project is proposed to begin in January 2011 and be completed by August
Q. If the project takes longer than the August 2012 proposed completion time, is
there a contingency plan in place?
A. Yes. We have the ability to extend our contract with St. Joseph’s School in
Q. What is the total cost of the project?
A. It is estimated that the total cost of the project will be approximately $17,300,000.
Q. What is the additional cost to the homeowner?
A. The additional cost to the average homeowner (a house assessed at $75,000) will
be approximately $25 per household.
Q. How will the project be paid for?
A. The District is borrowing money through a federal stimulus program called
Qualified School Construction Bonds, which are virtually interest-
Q. Will the project receive any state reimbursement?
A. The District is applying for reimbursement through the Pennsylvania
Department of Education through a program called PlanCon. It is estimated that
the District will qualify for reimbursement of 15-
Q. I heard the winter recess dates for Ardmore Avenue Students have been extended.
Is this true?
A. Yes. Winter recess for Ardmore Avenue Elementary School students will begin Thursday, December 23, 2010 and school will resume on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Two days have been added to allow for staff to further prepare St. Joseph’s School in Collingdale for the arrival of the Ardmore Avenue school students.
Q. What is the address and telephone number where Ardmore Avenue staff can be reached
during the project?
A. Ardmore Avenue Elementary School/Collingdale Campus
502 Woodlawn Avenue
Collingdale, PA 19023