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Upper St. Clair schools to restructure elementary enrollment

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Upper St. Clair School District will restructure elementary attendance areas during the next few years to balance enrollment among its three K-4 schools.

Superintendent Patrick O'Toole said the district needs to account for students likely to move into two housing developments being built during the next few years.

“We're looking at the estimated number of children and making projections on how many children would come out of a new neighborhood,” O'Toole said. “We're going to be looking at these throughout the year, and as we start the staffing and budgeting process, we'll make recommendations on any changes to attendance areas.”

He emphasized the district would phase in changes, to minimize the number of students having to change schools. Reassignments would be done by neighborhood. Any major changes would trigger meetings with parents.

Though each school is built to house about the same number of students, Baker Elementary off Morton Road has only about 400 students, compared to 480 at Streams Elementary on Ashlawn Drive and 500 at Eisenhower Elementary on Warwick Drive, he said.

The district will need to decide which schools can accept new students from the 136-home Bedner Estates development within Eisenhower's attendance area, or which would get students from a 220-unit apartment complex in Baker's attendance area. Normally, new neighborhoods are assigned to schools with the most space, O'Toole said.

Matthew Santoni is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5625.

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