Officials of the West Mifflin Area School District are in discussions with Paul Long, the receiver of the Duquesne City School District, about the possibility of accepting Duquesne's students in grades K-6 in the fall.
That announcement was made by Mr. Long at a special receiver's meeting Tuesday, which comes several weeks after Mr. Long had announced that he expected the Duquesne elementary students would remain in Duquesne for the 2013-14 school year.
West Mifflin was among 11 districts that Mr. Long earlier this year had asked to consider taking the Duquesne elementary students on a volunteer basis for $8,000 per student in tuition. Initially, West Mifflin and nine other suburban districts declined to consider the proposal. West Mifflin officials said the tuition amount was too low.
Pittsburgh Public Schools have entered into discussions with Mr. Long about taking the approximately 350 Duquesne elementary students, but have said even if an agreement could be reached, it wouldn't be ready to accept the students before the 2014-15 school year.
Mr. Long said that West Mifflin recently agreed to discuss the possibility of taking the elementary students and that an increase in tuition is "under discussion."
"A number of alternatives are being discussed and we will continue discussions for the 2013-14 school year," Mr. Long said.
West Mifflin Superintendent Dan Castagna could not be reached for comment.
West Mifflin already educates about two-thirds of the Duquesne students in grades 7-12 on a tuition basis, an arrangement made possible through special state legislation approved in 2007 after Duquesne High School was closed. The other one-third attend East Allegheny School District.
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