A Suitability Analysis Examining Potential Locations for a New High School in the Boyertown Area School District

Authors: Christopher Mertz*, Pennsylvania State University
Topics: Land Use, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS, suitability, environment
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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I graduated from Boyertown in 2014 and since then there have been multiple reports that a new high school was going to have to be built. The high school that I attended was built as an addition to the original high school building, which was constructed in 1919. Now, with the population of the local area rising and the current school aging, the idea for a new school does not seem too far off. But placing a new school (or perhaps adding another addition to the current one) is not an easy process. There are many different factors that go into where a building like a school can be placed, including the cost (which would be substantial) and various land issues. This poster will give details on a suitability model that was created to determine the best area to place a new high school within the current school district boundary, or if the potential addition onto the current high school is worth exploring. The model will answer the seemingly simple question: What is the best location for a new high school within the Boyertown Area School District?

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