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New intermediate school grand opening set for Aug. 10

By David Paulk
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Parents will be able to see the new South Fayette Intermediate School on Aug. 10, a $30.5 million facility for students in third to fifth grades.

The building can hold about 800 students, and a little less than 700 will start there on Aug. 21 for the 2013-14 school year. The grand opening is at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10, when people can tour the building.

“It is a family community,” said Bille Rondinelli, superintendent of South Fayette Township School District. “And I believe our (proximity) to the City of Pittsburgh and the airport makes us the ideal choice.”

The school on the campus off Old Oakdale Road is the second building project in about a decade, prompted by growth.

The new high school already is reaching capacity, with nearly 800 students projected for 2013-14, Rondinelli said. The high school, however, was built so that the structure can be expanded. The school board is discussing how best to accommodate additional students.

The need for more classroom space is directly related to an influx of families, which is leading to other types of growth in the township.

“We're primarily a residential community,” finance director Brian Tony said. “But for the first time we are seeing some businesses being built.”

There have been more than 400 homes built from 2009 to the first quarter of this year, Tony said.

The school board opted to build a new intermediate school based on several factors, including a demographic study.

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804 or



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