Archive for March, 2013

The school board meeting tonight will include a Demographics & Feasibility Update and the Appointment of a New Board Member.

The meeting is at 7pm and will be held in the Central Administrative Office Board Room located at 200 Hillvue Lane.

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SaveNASchools encourages all residents to attend the school board meeting Wednesday night.

The meeting agenda includes:

  1. Demographics & Feasibility Update.  This information will be related to the administration’s recommendation to close Peebles Elementary.
  2. Appointment of New Board Member.  The school board will conduct public interviews to fill the seat vacated by Beth Ludwig. Following the interview process, the school board will appoint a new board member who will assume his/her duties immediately.

The meeting is at 7pm and will be held in the Central Administrative Office Board Room. Residents interested in registering to speak can do so by contacting School Board Secretary Rose Mary Ryan at rryan@northallegheny.org or 412-369-5437.

From the district’s website:

The deadline to apply for the open position on the North Allegheny Board of School Directors was Thursday, March 14 at 4 PM. A total of fourteen (14) residents submitted applications.  They are:

  • Ash Marwah
  • R. Kevin Brown
  • Robert. Weiland
  • Elliot Frank
  • Keith Miller
  • Tracy McDonough
  • Karen Boujoukos
  • Brigitte Savchik
  • Alan Shuckrow
  • Suzanne Filiaggi
  • Timothy Herald
  • Christopher Disque
  • Bill Dougherty
  • Patricia Bolster
The School board will conduct individual public interviews of all qualified applicants at the close of their March 20th Combined Meeting, which begins at 7 PM and will be held in the CAO Board Room. Applicants will be interviewed based upon the order in which their applications were received. The new Board member will be selected by a public vote of the Board following the interview process. The Oath of Office will be administered immediately following the vote of the Board and the acceptance of the candidate. The new Board member will assume his/her duties immediately.

On Nov. 14, 2012, the administration presented a redistricting scenario that would “balance enrollment” by keeping all seven elementary schools open. Under this scenario, the average enrollment per building would be:

–780 students = McKnight and Marshall
–400 students = BWE, FES, HES, IES, and PES

On Nov. 28, 2012, the administration presented a redistricting scenario that showed enrollment totals in the six remaining elementary schools if Peebles were to close.  Under this scenario, the average enrollment per building would be:

–850 students = McKnight and Marshall
–460 students = BWE, FES, HES, IES, and PES

SaveNASchools believes the district should “balance enrollment” by keeping all seven elementary schools open. This would allow the district to shift students from buildings that are over-capacity (i.e. Franklin) to buildings that are under-capacity (i.e. Hosack). Keeping all seven buildings open will provide the district with the space necessary to:

  1. keep class size within the district’s guidelines
  2. adequately administer elementary programs (music, ESAP, GOAL)
  3. reasonably accommodate future growth

The chart below shows the impact on each elementary building based on the redistricting scenarios presented at the Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 school board meetings. The district has not provided maps or other information related to these scenarios.

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A realtor with Howard Hanna recently submitted information to the school board that outlines 850+ proposed new homes located in the North Allegheny School District.  The details of these new housing developments are summarized below:

  1. Ridge Forest by Ryan, located off Nicholson Road
    –112 townhomes, 88 single family homes
    –community is actively selling with 21 presold homes
  2. Venango Trails, located in northern Marshall Township
    –120 townhomes, 350 single family homes
    –community is actively selling with 35 presold homes
  3. Village at Marshall Ridge by Ryan, located off Warrendale Bayne Road/I-79
    –104 townhomes
    –community is actively selling with 5 presold homes
  4. Waterford Place by Heartland, located off Ringeisen Road
    –14 single family homes
    –community is actively selling
  5. Chapel Hill Estates, located off Wexford Run Road
    –20 single family homes
    –community is actively selling
  6. Park Ridge Manor by Madia Homes, Summer Drive-Allison Park
    –20 single family homes
    –community is actively selling with 6 presold homes
  7. 33 acres of property sold behind Franklin Elementary
    –developer unknown
    –30 single family home sites have been proposed

As noted in last week’s post, elementary enrollment has increased since the start of the school year. Peebles and McKnight, which are not situated next to new housing developments, have seen the largest increases. Thus, the new developments listed above would be in addition to the growth the district is currently experiencing.

Based on the February demographics meetings at each elementary school, the administration said it only expects to have 10 spare classrooms if students from Peebles are redistricted into the 6 remaining schools. This means some schools would only have 1 spare room available to manage class size.

If Peebles is closed, the district would continue to experience 30+ students per classroom or displacement of programs integral to the elementary curriculum, such as music, ESAP, and GOAL.

In the fall of 2011, when Bradford Woods was being considered for closure, School Board Member Linda Bishop stated, “I think the new housing plays a greater role, almost, in predicting what’s going on and what’s going to happen than the live birth data.”

Click on the link to watch the video.

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Elementary Enrollment Trends

2011: Board members express concern about enrollment projections

School Board President’s Comments on Growth and Closing a Building

Community group questions North Allegheny enrollment projections

In the fall of 2011, when Bradford Woods was being considered for closure, School Board Vice President Dan Hubert challenged the administration’s declining enrollment projections and noted that elementary enrollment has “increased.”

Mr. Hubert said, “I don’t think we’re going to see the decrease in enrollment that is being projected.”

Click on the link to watch the video.

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Related posts:

Elementary Enrollment Trends

2011: Board members express concern about enrollment projections

School Board President’s Comments on Growth and Closing a Building

Community group questions North Allegheny enrollment projections