Major expansion is underway for the only independent Pre-K-12 school in Onondaga County.
Manlius Pebble Hill is in full swing with its $7 million upgrade to its aging campus.
“I think this school provides things that no other school in this area provides and I think we have to do everything we can to strengthen what we have today.” MPH Board President John Mezzalingua tells NewsChannel 9.
The Mezzalingua family has a long history of attending Manlius Pebble Hill.
He and Head of School Jim Dunaway began speaking a little over a year ago about the future vision for MPH.
“And I did a number of focus groups with faculty and staff and parents and students and asked them to imagine the ideal MPH.” Dunaway tells NewsChannel 9.
The came up with a plan to turn the gym into a visual arts center complete with an art gallery, art classrooms and more. They’re also adding a second floor for administrative offices.
Attached to the old gym will be a brand new gymnasium that’s nearly double in size.
Also part of the project will be the removal of a building that will open up a courtyard for the complex.
“It’s going to be a sort of an outdoor children’s museum you might say.” Dunaway says.
Mezzalingua adds, “Much like the students we hope to graduate every year we constantly have to improve ourselves and I think we see great opportunities right here within this campus of things we can improve.”
The visual arts center and the new gym are expected to be ready for school when it opens this September.
The old building in the courtyard will be removed sometime in the Fall.