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West Jefferson Hills board members expected to vote on redistricting plan

| Friday, March 23, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

West Jefferson Hills School Board members are expected to vote on March 27 on a redistricting plan that would outline which K-2 elementary school students will attend in 2018-19.

Matt Cropper, of Cropper GIS, presented board members with a plan on March 20 that draws a line through the district — outlining which students will attend McClellan and Gill Hall elementary schools next school year.

The plan includes two phases: Starting in 2018-19 both McClellan and Gill Hall elementary schools will become kindergarten through second grade only buildings. Jefferson Elementary will become a third through fifth grade school.

All three schools currently house kindergarten through fifth grade.

The first phase will move students who previously attended Jefferson to either Gill Hall or McClellan.

The plan is available to view through the district's website .

Under phase one, 281 students would be affected during the 2018-19 school year.

With the move, Gill Hall will be at capacity. However, there will still be 80 seats open at McClellan, Superintendent Michael Ghilani said.

That gives the district time to focus on building a 10 classroom addition at Gill Hall, which likely will start in the next few months, he said.

“One of the things that we liked about this is it buys us a little bit of time,” Ghilani said.

The district also would be able to watch how housing developments progress — specifically in Hunters Field — before moving forward with the second phase, he said.

“It's important to note that although this will be done in two phases, no student will be moved more than once,” Cropper said.

With the second phase — once the addition at Gill Hall is complete — Ghilani said the only students to be moved to Gill Hall would be those living either in Hunters Field or Deer Park.

“We're very pleased with how this ended up,” Ghilani said.

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