The Valley Road School will not be renovated to accommodate students because it would cost too much to make the necessary improvements to the building, officials said Tuesday night.
Last month the school board voted to pay the Spiezle Architectural Group $18,400 to look at the feasibility of adapting the newer portion of the building and turning it back into a school. But the move would cost a few million dollars.
The plan was relocate the district’s administrative offices t0 the Princeton Packet building on Witherspoon Street. The district has been exploring leasing space from the new owner of the Packet building.
The school board on Tuesday night voted to hire Spiezle to conduct another study — a capacity study to see how existing school spaces within the district can best be used.
“We are taking a look at space in all the elementary schools to see what spaces can be re-purposed for classroom space,” Superintendent of Schools Steve Cochrane said.
The school board also approved a demographics study on Tuesday night to look at possible student enrollment trends. AvalonBay has not produced the numbers we thought it might,” Cochrane said of the new 280-unit apartment development. “We will have more information come February.”
Cochrane said school officials have reached out to Westminster Choir College to see whether it might be possible for the district to lease space there. Rider University officials have not yet decided whether to move the choir college to the main Lawrence campus. The trustees at Rider will make a decision by February. Rider is considering consolidating to save money and reduce the university’s deficit.