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May 21st is the primary election for school board candidates. Most of the time, school board members are determined in the primary election. The top 4 vote getters on the Democrat and Republican ballot are the only names that appear on the ballot in November.

To vote in the May 21st primary election, you must be registered by April 22nd as a Democrat or Republican. There are four school board seats up for election and each seat is for a four-year term.

Your vote on May 21st will impact the board’s vote on May 22nd.

How can I find out if I am registered to vote?

  • You can find out if you are registered to vote (and your party affiliation) by clicking here.  You will also be able to find your polling place.
  • You can also call the Allegheny County Elections Division at (412) 350-4510 to confirm your registration.



I’m not registered to vote.  Where can I register?

  • You can register to vote by mail.  Registration-by-mail forms are available online here.
  • You should download, print, complete and sign the form.

Then send it to:
Attn: Voter Registration Section
Division of Elections
Allegheny County
542 Forbes Ave.,
Room 609
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953

  • Forms can be requested from the Allegheny County Elections Division by calling (412) 350-4510.



What if I want to change my party affiliation from Independent so that I can vote in this primary?

  • You can submit a new voter registration form.  When completing the form, ensure you select the box that says Change of Party [Box 2].



When do I need to register to vote or change my affiliation in order to vote in the primary?

  • Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline in order to be processed for the upcoming primary.  For the primary on May 21, your form must be postmarked by April 22, 2013.

There are two school board meetings this month:

1. April 17th = Work Session (open to the public)

2. April 24th = Regular Meeting (open to the public)

SaveNASchools encourages residents to attend the school board meeting this Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm. The meeting 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.

Based on the administration’s March 20th presentation, the district will not have enough classrooms to keep class size below district guidelines if Peebles Elementary is closed. You can read more by clicking here.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letter to the editor/North
April 11, 2013 4:57 am
Closing Peebles ‘misguided’

The North Allegheny School District administration presented a revised proposal regarding the closing of Peebles Elementary School at the March 20 school board meeting.

Its revised proposal consisted of:

• Delay closing Peebles Elementary until 2014-2015, which the administration believes will save $850,000 per year.

• Begin work immediately on creating five extra classrooms at McKnight Elementary, which the administration believes will cost $525,000.

However, the revised proposal still does not address the community’s biggest concern — class size.

Based on the district’s records, elementary enrollment has increased over the last several years. Based on information from real estate agents, new housing developments are projected to add more than 850 homes to the district.

On March 20, the administration said it would need to add 10-14 elementary sections next year to keep class size below district guidelines. And, officials said there will only be 14 spare classrooms if the district expands McKnight and closes Peebles.

Thus, all 14 spare classrooms that remain after closing Peebles and expanding McKnight would need to be utilized in order to maintain class sizes below district guidelines. This would leave no spare classrooms for fluctuations in enrollment.

It is time for the administration to stop using man-hours trying to find ways to support its misguided recommendation to close a school.

Keeping all seven elementary schools open is the only solution that ensures a quality education for the children of our community.

FRANK CORONA

McCandless

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.

One of those developments is Venango Trails, which is located in northern Marshall Township.

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From the August 17, 2011 School Board Minutes:

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Based on the administration’s March 20th presentation to the school board, Marshall Elementary will only have 2 spare classrooms after students are redistricted from the closure of Peebles Elementary.

14 spares

With many classrooms operating close to district guidelines, the two spare classrooms at Marshall Elementary could be utilized by adding just a few new students to the building. The administration has not addressed how it will accommodate the large amount of growth projected from the Venango Trails development.

 

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Related posts

New Housing Developments in the North Allegheny School District
Video of School Board Member Linda Bishop’s Comments on Growth
Videos on School Board President’s Comments on Growth and Closing a Building