Pittsburgh school board sells shuttered Hill building to community program

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The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight voted to sell the closed Madison School in the Hill District to the Schenley Heights Community Development Program for $65,000.

Board member Mark Brentley Sr. favored donating the school to the group, but his motion didn't receive a second.

All members voted in favor except Mr. Brentley, who said his negative vote meant he believes the district "owes" the community for school changes made when Mark Roosevelt was school superintendent.

Both board members Regina Holley and Bill Isler praised the Schenley Heights program. Ms. Holley said the program has done a "wonderful job" in supporting children after school and in child care.

Mr. Isler said the group had a long history of providing quality services.

The Madison building was built in 1902 and closed in 2006. The former school sits on 37,011 square feet. The building has 46,450 square feet, including 23 classrooms, a gym and an auditorium.

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

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