The Penn Hills School Board voted last night to move forward with plans for a new high school.
The board authorized a Ross firm, Architectural Innovations LLC, to develop plans for the new building, which will replace the current high school and be located on the site of the district administration building on Collins Drive.
The new high school will house grades nine through 12 and will be 20,000 square feet larger than the current building.
The school is expected to open in time for the 2011-12 school year, said Business Manager Richard Liberto.
Costs for the new building will be under the $70 million estimate stated at a previous board meeting, he said. The district will use state reimbursements and a bond issue to cover the cost.
The school board took no action on proposals for reconfiguring middle and elementary schools.
The district is in the midst of long-term planning to bring expenses in line with revenues and declining enrollment.
Two elementary schools were closed in 2008.