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The new Alburtis Elementary School was occupied in the fall of 2004. It serves a predominant walking population in the Borough of Alburtis and nearby areas. The previous on-site K-2 school was inadequate to accommodate current needs and the District’s goal to make all Elementary Schools K-5. Numerous building deficiencies, including building age, building size, and siting, made a proposed renovation / addition scheme cost prohibitive. Thus, the existing school was demolished and replaced by a new 3-story K-5 school on the same site.
The new school accommodates 550 students in grades K-5. It includes a total of 22 classrooms (including 3 Special Education, 2 Kindergarten and 2 “flex” classrooms), an Art Room with exterior courtyard space, Administration Suite, Cafeteria, Multi-Purpose Room, Library, Music Suite, Faculty Lounge, and a Faculty Workroom. A highlight of the new building is a new Multi-Media Teleconferencing room for multi-purpose use.
The school is Internet and Intranet (within the building) capable. Wall data banks and floor boxes are provided for each classroom and the Media Center. Teacher’s desktop computers are able to download directly to classroom televisions, and are also compatible with Proxima projection.
The design timetable for the Alburtis Elementary School was carefully coordinated. Demolition took place immediately following the 2002 – 2003 academic year and the new building was completed for occupancy for the 2004 – 2005 academic year. Students were housed at the Shoemaker Elementary School for the intervening 2003 – 2004 year.