North Allegheny to redistrict instead of closing Peebles Elementary

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The North Allegheny School Board will not close Peebles Elementary in the next few years. Instead, the district will work on redistricting to alleviate overcrowding at Franklin Elementary School.

Board President Maureen Grosheider made the announcement during the board's meeting Wednesday.

Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri recommended last year that Peebles close because of financial concerns and stagnant enrollment numbers. But Mrs. Grosheider noted Wednesday that elementary enrollment rose by more than 50 students this year.

They will work on the redistricting this year, and it will take effect with the 2014-15 school year, she said.

"We recommend an approach of `watchful waiting' -- not closing any elementary building now, but simply watching enrollment trends for the next several years," Mrs. Grosheider said.

Although the district will still experience "continued financial pressure" over the next few years, any restructuring to ease that burden should fall on the board that will take office in December, she added.

A slate of candidates vowing to oppose the closing of Peebles won on both tickets in the May primary.

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


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