Vote set on closing Laurel Point Elementary School
By Stephanie Ritenbaugh
Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 12:36 a.m.
The Kiski Area School Board set a tentative date to vote on whether to close Laurel Point Elementary School for April 23.
“We'll make the formal decision on the date at next month's meeting,” board President Keith Blayden said at Wednesday night's agenda meeting.
After a hearing in January on the potential Laurel Point closure, the board had three months to weigh its options and comments from residents.
The proposed closure is part of a process to reorganize the district.
In 2011, the board voted to shutter three of its seven elementary schools while renovating other buildings and building a new school to accommodate the changes.
Bell Avon Elementary already has been closed and the building sold at auction. The other, Washington Elementary, is set to close at the end of the school year.
In fact, at the board's meeting scheduled for Monday, the board plans to vote on authorizing the administration to advertise for bids for the sale of the former Washington Elementary.
Kiski Area will experience a slight uptick in funding for special education, but the $11,900 increase is a drop in the bucket for the district's roughly $5 million special education budget.
“We get roughly $2.38 million from the state in reimbursement,” said Business Manager Peggy Gillespie.
“It's very much an underfunded area,” Superintendent John Meighan said. “Expenses can run very high for a kid that's very involved.”
The state's special education increase is the first one in six years.
Overall, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to increase state investment in education is “moving in the right direction, but caution,” Meighan said. “A lot of the pomp and circumstance you heard on TV didn't boil down to actual dollars.
Last week, Corbett presented a 2014-2015 state budget that called for $12 billion in state money for education — an increase of about 3.3 percent over last year's budget.
Gillespie said the bulk of the increases from the state will be one-time funds, such as the new Ready to Learn Block Grant program that will fund instructional initiatives, and Ready By Third Grade, which is aimed at math and reading programs for third-graders.
Stephanie Ritenbaugh is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man to face DUI-homicide trial for Route 28 wreck
- Wreck closed Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell early Friday
- Deer Creek mine discharge project should be wrapped up by late spring
- Saxonburg Dollar General to move, expand
- Allegheny Township officials seek more support for waterline project
- Kiski Township Zoning Board OKs Verizon’s 19-story cellphone tower
- Leechburg biology teacher earned students’ respect
- 4 men to stand trial for home invasion, shooting in Lower Burrell
- Deer Creek to come clean
- Hays eagle fends off marauding raptor
- New Kensington man charged with scrap metal theft