August Wilson Center eyed by Pittsburgh Public Schools

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Pittsburgh Public Schools board member Mark Brentley Sr. is still pursuing his dream of the school district taking over the financially troubled Downtown August Wilson Center and said there will be a meeting Jan. 31 to discuss it.

In a report issued Tuesday, the appointed conservator, Judith Fitzgerald, recommended the center's assets be liquidated to pay the $7 million mortgage and other outstanding debts.

She said there is "simply no possibility of continued viability of AWC as it currently exists."

Mr. Brentley was not discouraged by those reports.

At tonight's school board meeting, Mr. Brentley said, "I am even more certain now that building is ours."

Mr. Brentley noted its proximity to the popular Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, which offers a creative and performing arts program.

The meeting is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at the board headquarters in Oakland.


Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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