State College Area School District

More than 2,000 students walked into State College Area High School's new south building for the first time on January 8, 2018.
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After 18 months of waiting, the new State High buildings on the south side of Westerly Parkway opened their doors on Monday. All of the classrooms have moved to the new facility, but construction will continue into summer 2019.  

State High held a pep rally, and the energy level was high.

Jeff Straub is a senior architect on the project. He said the new facilities focus on providing more space for small group instruction and one-on-one interaction.

The State College Area School District has proposed changes to the school day. The elementary school day would be longer, and middle and high school would start later.

To talk about these proposed changes and some of the research behind these recommendations, I’m joined in the studio by superintendent Bob O’Donnell, and Penn State researchers Dr. Anne-Marie Chang, who studies the effects of sleep on cognitive performance, and Dr. Ed Fuller, who’s Director of the Penn State Center for Evaluation and Education Policy Analysis.    

Plans for the reconstruction of the Corl Street, Houserville and Radio Park elementary schools are more than half way done. A community forum took place last night in State College to talk about the progress.

Board of Education members and architects answered financial and logistical questions about the site plans for each school.

Jim Leous, vice president of the State College Area School Board, said plans for reconstruction first began in 2009.