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Colfax school eyed for closure

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7:49 a.m.

Allegheny Valley School District board members Tuesday night sat down to iron out details of a new committee focused on determining the future of Colfax Elementary.

A committee of community members and four board members has been formed to discuss the options of moving out of the elementary, if the committee decides to close the school.

In April, Superintendent Cheryl Griffith will make a presentation about the school's status. After that, public committee meetings will be held to discuss the district's options.

Griffith said the committee would look into a facility assessment as well as the financial impact on the district.

Several board members questioned how committee members were selected.

Board member Stephen Puskar asked why there were no teachers included.

“We all participate,” board President Larry Pollick said. “You want to be there, show up.”

Board member Elizabeth Moretti asked the administration to speed the process along.

“This just keeps going on and on,” she said. “I just think we need to get started.”

Earlier in the meeting, board members were asked to consider approving $17,000 in repairs to the Colfax Elementary boiler.

“For the second month, we're spending money and we have a committee formed to see if the school will even remain open,” Puskar said.

The board also heard an update on the budget, which has a $93,266 deficit in the $19.3 million budget.

“We continue to work internally to balance the budget,” Business Manager Brad Rau said.

Kate Wilcox is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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