Kiski Area School Board to lay groundwork to close elementaries
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:11 a.m.
After years of talk and study, the Kiski Area School District is set to begin closing elementary schools.
The school board Monday scheduled two special meetings for this month when it will vote to close Bell-Avon and Washington Elementary schools.
The meetings will be the last chance for the public to be heard on the subject.
The meeting for Washington Elementary will be held April 29. The Bell-Avon meeting on April 30.
Both will start at 7:30 p.m. in the central administration board room on Hyde Park Road in Allegheny Township.
The schools are being closed as part of the district's $30 million elementary schools project, the foundation of which is a new upper elementary school for all of the district's fifth- and sixth-grade students at the former North Washington Elementary School.
The upper elementary school, now under construction, is scheduled to open this fall.
Bell-Avon and Washington elementary schools are scheduled to be closed at the end of this school year.
The district also plans to close Laurel Point Elementary.
That school is expected to remain open for one more school year.
While closed, Washington Elementary could have life as a school for one more year.
Superintendent John Meighan said the district is likely to move students from Vandergrift Elementary to Washington Elementary for the 2013-14 school year while Vandergrift is undergoing renovations.
In other business
• Joseph Tutchstone was named head varsity boys basketball coach for next school year at a salary of just under $7,400.
• Allegheny-Hyde Park Principal Christine Ross was hired to the new position of director of literacy and federal programs, effective July 1. Her salary was set at just over $107,000.
The vote to establish the position was 8-0.
The vote to hire Ross was 7-1, with board member David Anderson voting against.
Meighan said the new administrative position assumes duties of two previous positions. One, reading supervisor, had been eliminated in budget cuts after the employee accepted a retirement incentive; the other, assistant to the superintendent for elementary education, had been left empty after a resignation.
In her new position, Ross will oversee reading and federal programs.
Her principal position will not be filled because of the district's elementary consolidation.
• The board approved a one-time $10,000 payment to maintenance supervisor Richard Sczur for oversight of the construction project at Mamont Elementary School.
Meighan said the district had not hired a contract manager or clerk of the works for the project, which came in $49,000 under budget.
Sczur served as contract manager and contractors reported to him, Meighan said.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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