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The Eastern Lancaster County School District offices are inside Garden Spot High School, 669 E. Main St., New Holland.

Amid heightened sensitivity over student privacy and safety, Eastern Lancaster County School District is considering a $1 million plan to renovate its high school locker rooms.

A rough sketch of the plan, which was discussed at a meeting Thursday night, calls for new private locker rooms with individual changing areas and showers.

“We’re really striving to give students a sense of social, mental and physical safety,” district Superintendent Bob Hollister said in a phone interview Friday. “It’s really about all students.”

The district was struck by a wave of criticism this year after it made accommodations for a transgender boy who wanted to use the boys’ restroom and locker rooms at Garden Spot High School. In February, it created a four-member committee to craft a districtwide student privacy policy.

Renovations to the high school locker rooms could start in the fall, with changes to the bathrooms and locker room at other schools coming “as soon as possible,” Hollister said.

Hollister said the district will use money from its capital reserve fund — which, according to the 2018-19 budget, is at $7.5 million — to pay for the project. The budget’s total expenditures: $56.2 million.

“We have several projects in the queue that we will push back and slide the renovation up first,” he said. “So no borrowing needed and no tax increase needed for this project.”

Thursday was the committee’s third meeting. A fourth is expected to be held March 21 at the high school, 669 E. Main St., New Holland. A time isn’t set yet, Hollister said.

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