IN Phoenixville Area Fall 2017 - Page 34

Introducing The Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center And Manavon Elementary! The new Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary building opened for new students in August. This fantastic building combines the two schools under one roof, with shared space in the middle of the building (office, cafeteria, gymnasium, media center). The building has an abundance of natural light, and the 152,000 square feet are efficiently heated/cooled by geothermal wells. The projected final cost is under budget at $64,838,051, a $6,057,703 savings. Items of note include: • The Early Learning Center will house all of the District’s kindergarten and 1st grade • Interactive projectors in all classrooms • Wifi located throughout the entire building • Flexible learning spaces to enhance learning • Multiple small and large group areas, including the “learning steps”, an ideal spot for bigger groups • Two story media center is the heart of the building • Two large separate playgrounds for each school • 6 new playing fields (2 turf ) • 4 new tennis courts • Fitness trail available for community use • Large area of property left undeveloped for environmental education 32 Phoenixville Area