An architect recently gave the Dallastown Area School Board an update on plans, schedules and details about the proposed intermediate school.

The school is designed for 1,800 to 2,000 students in grades four through six. It is planned for 53 acres along the Susquehanna Trail in Springfield Township.

The major hurdle, the township's conditional approval of the plans, has been crossed.

Now, said the architect from Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, the project is awaiting standard approvals, including final sewer and storm-water OKs from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The tentative schedule calls for the district to seek the next level of state Department of Education approval and advertise for bids this month.

Bids would be due 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the administration office. School directors would open the bids at their Aug. 21 meeting and award a contract, and construction would begin in mid- to late-September.

The project should be completed by the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

FUTURE

Here are Dallastown's enrollment projections for fourth through sixth grades:

--- 2008-09: 1,424

--- 2009-10: 1,518

--- 2010-11: 1,690

--- 2011-12: 1,747