Philip F. Lauer Middle School/Wilson Area Intermediate School renovations
On April 21, 2008, the Wilson Area School Board approved $44.8 million in renovations to the Philip F. Lauer Middle School. Construction began in the late summer of 2009. The plan entails adding new building wings to both sides of the school's current gymnasium and athletics building, then demolishing the rest of the building, essentially creating a new school building on the same property. The board chose this option instead of a $45.7 million plan that would renovate the existing building and make minimal building additions because it would result in a longer construction period, less open space and more classroom disruption. The 38-year-old middle school building had not been renovated since its construction, and school officials had discussed renovations for years the plans were approved.
The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students moved into the new building on April 25, 2011. The school will begin servicing the fifth graders of the district starting in the 2011-2012 school year. Now that it will be serving fifth grade students, the building has been renamed Wilson Area Intermediate School.