North Allegheny elementary closures still an option

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The third-day enrollment in the North Allegheny School District is higher than projections, but not high enough that the district should drop the proposal to close a small elementary school, board members learned tonight.

Enrollment on the third day was 8,212 students with 3,531 of those students in elementary school.

The annual Enrollment and Facilities Update also tracked enrollment since 1986. Enrollment peaked at 8,461 students in 1997.

Roger Botti, director of transportation and operations, also presented four redistricting scenarios -- closing Bradford Woods, Hosack or Peebles elementary schools -- and leaving all seven schools open, but moving children to equalize enrollment and class sizes. Keeping all seven schools open would require moving 264 students, while closing Bradford Woods would require moving 1,031 students.

Parents continued to plead with the board to keep all schools open and to lower elementary class sizes, some of which have reached 31 students.

"These students get one shot at a solid elementary education," said Tara Fisher of McCandless. "We in the North Allegheny community need to give them our best. We cannot offer them the best if we close an elementary school."

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com. First Published November 14, 2012 11:30 PM


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