Greencastle-Antrim School District's school board examined two different plans that would give the district new administrative office space.

Greencastle-Antrim School District's school board examined two different plans that would give the district new administrative office space.

Currently, people who would work in an administrative building in most districts are being put into whatever space is available in G-ASD buildings. Being placed wherever there is space has created two problems within the district.

The first is that space that is being used for administrative purposes could instead be used as classroom space and the second is that sensitive data may be more exposed due to the location of the human resources offices.

"This information is people's lives. In my line of work that's priority one," said Jim Winslow, president of the board.

Human resources space is located in the dry storage, room-temperature area for the cafeteria due to a lack of space. As a result, the area is subject to a substantial amount of foot traffic both when ingredients are being collected for cooking and when serving times end and trash needs to be disposed of.

While several steps have been taken to increase privacy which include creating a sectioned off room within the storage area, there are still several inconveniences that wouldn't exist in specialized administrative space. One of the big hinderances in the day-to-day operations for human resources staff has been having to leave the human resources's office so that one-on-one meetings can be held in a more private location.

In order to alleviate the administrative office space crunch, two different scenarios were proposed to the board. Both proposals would create new office space for administrative personnel, but vary in the amount of time they would take to complete.

The first proposal is creating administrative space completely separate from the G-ASD campus which could be finished about 15 months after it was approved and the second was space attached to the campus which would take about 30 months to complete, according to the district architect firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates.

A plan earlier this year that would have alleviated the need for office space fell through after the district pulled out of buying the Foremost Industries building. In spring of this year the district put forth a $570,000 offer to purchase the Foremost Industries building, but the building had a lien on it and the company had other issues at the time, according to then superintendent, Greg Hoover.

Legal battles between GLD Foremost Holdings and the former owner Ralph Michael over a lease on the land have continued since the deal was dropped. Since Greencastle withdrew their offer on the land the legal battle has gone to a Pennsylvania Superior Court.

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