Public meetings will be held on four consecutive evenings next week on the proposals presented by a consulting firm regarding the future of Oil City’s elementary schools.
The first of the meetings will be held Monday night (May 6) at 6:00 PM at Oil City High School.
The study was commissioned in 2011 to, in large part, address the issue of declining enrollment in the Oil City Area School District. The results were delivered to the Oil City Area School Board on Monday night. Reportedly, the top priorities among the recommendations include the construction of one new elementary school and renovations at the Hasson Heights school. No changes were sought for Oil City Junior/Senior High School, although it has been recommended that fifth-grade students be returned to elementary school status.
Sites for a new school facility could include the present Smedley Street School property or school-owned land on Oak Grove Street. Early estimates have put construction costs at about $20-million.