North Allegheny presents final redistricting plan

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The North Allegheny School District's final redistricting plan moves fewer than 200 elementary students and allows current fourth- and seventh-grade students to stay in their current schools.

The plan, which was presented to the school board at its work session Wednesday, also keeps the Franklintowne neighborhood at Ingomar Elementary and the Spring Ridge neighborhood at Franklin Elementary. Residents of those plans pleaded with the district to let them stay in their current schools.

"I am very pleased and encouraged by what we've seen here," board President Chris Jacobs said. "Community feedback was incorporated into what we see here with an excellent result."

The plan also expands the attendance zone for Bradford Woods Elementary to include three proposed housing plans in Marshall. The plans have not yet been constructed, but residents feared that moving students from Franklin Elementary to Marshall Elementary would eventually overcrowd Marshall.

The plan moves 187 elementary students, but that number may be lower, depending on how many students choose to stay put for fifth grade. Families would have to provide transportation to and from school for those students.

A maximum of 82 middle school students -- also depending on grandfathering -- would be moved from Ingomar Middle School, which is over capacity, to Carson and Marshall middle schools.

The plan will be posted on the district's website. The school board will vote on Feb. 19.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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