North Allegheny board OKs student redistricting

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The North Allegheny School Board Wednesday approved redistricting students for the next school year.

The plan moves fewer than 200 elementary students and allows for current fourth- and seventh-graders to stay in their current schools. It was introduced by the administration last month to take into account comments from residents about three previous plans.

Seven members – Tara Fisher, Joseph Greenberg, Kevin Mahler, Ralph Pagone, Scott Russell, Thomas Schwartzmier and board President Chris Jacobs -- voted in favor of the redistricting plan. Libby Blackburn and Maureen Grosheider opposed it.

Board members who voted for the plan said that the district needed to shift students to take pressure off Franklin Elementary and Ingomar Middle schools, both operating at or above capacity.

The transition plan will begin later this week, when parents of children who are slated to move are notified by letter. Parents who wish to have their fourth- and seventh-graders “grandfathered” must submit a form to the district by March 7. Parents must provide transportation for any child remaining at his or her current school.

Other transition events are scheduled throughout the rest of this school year.

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