North Allegheny considering International Baccalaureate program

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The North Allegheny School District will look at starting an International Baccalaureate program.

The program was part of an update of the strategic plan given to board members June 19. Although the report itself was not made public, board members did discuss three items -- the IB program, alternative revenue sources, and professional development.

Board member Dan Hubert asked if there was anything "negative" about starting an IB program.

Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri said there will be a $60,000 expense per year for three years to train 50-60 people in the IB program. Otherwise, the effect on the district is negligible, he said.

For example, he said, if the district has 20 advanced placement English classes, some of those will continue to be AP classes while some will switch to the IB program.

There will be the same number of classes and students.

• Board President Maureen Grosheider noted that the district raised $10,252.10 with the first year of advertising in the electronic newsletter.

Mr. Gualtieri said that, although the district hired an outside consultant to sell the ads, many were sold by the community relations staff.

"Next year, we will have some combination of both. At some point, we may do it all ourselves," he said.

Joy Ed, director of communications and development, said she also is looking at offering advertisers a package that will include ads in the newsletter and on the website.

• In other matters, resident Tim Appleton of McCandless praised the district's achievements, noting that the Class of 2013 was the highest-achieving class in district history.

"It's hard to find an area where we didn't have excellence portrayed across the board. Everyone sitting over there deserves a tremendous 'thank you,' " he said.

He noted that, during the rancorous debate on the potential closing of Peebles Elementary School, many people criticized the board for considering the move.

"It was said. 'This is the board that has gotten us where we are.' And I totally agree with that.

What I can't understand is how that can be perceived as negative," he said.

Mr. Appleton singled out assistant superintendent Brian Miller, who is leaving this week to become superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District, as well as former board member Beth Ludwig, who resigned in April, and board member Linda Bishop, who did not seek re-election this year.

Mrs. Ludwig "was a tremendous asset to the board," he said, and Mrs. Bishop's knowledge of how the state affects education "is going to be very difficult to replace. Her depth of knowledge on the topic is overwhelming."

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Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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