Where they stand: North Allegheny officials, parents
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A public hearing on a proposal to close Peebles Elementary School will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Carson Middle School Auditorium, 600 Hillvue Lane, McCandless. Here are the positions of school officials and the parents' organization:
• School buildings are under-utilized. There are the same number of spare classrooms as in 1997 when a community task force recommended closing Espe and Peebles schools.
• Closing a small elementary school will better equalize class sizes throughout the remaining schools.
• Projections show the district's enrollment remaining stable.
• On the Web: www.northallegheny.org.
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• If Peebles is closed, the remaining six schools will see an increase in class size and an increase in sections, which eliminates the spare classrooms and makes it harder to manage class sizes. Seventeen classes would have 29 students or more.
• Other school districts have lower class sizes, especially in third grade. North Allegheny's guidelines call for 30 students or fewer in grades three through five. The average third-grade class is 21 students in Pine-Richland, 21 in Mt. Lebanon and 24 in Hampton.
• The administration has underestimated projections for 13 years. Board members have questioned projections both from the administration and in the Phase 1 report.
• On the Web: www.savenaschools.com
First Published January 24, 2013 5:11 am