West Jefferson Hills school board plans to challenge state election code
West Jefferson Hills school board may ask the General Assembly to amend the state election code so schools need not be used as polling places.
“It is very difficult to get them not to use a school building,” Solicitor Ira Weiss said after the board discussed a resolution to be considered at Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. meeting.
“It is disruptive,” acting assistant superintendent Hamsini Rajgopal said.
Rajgopal said the district was able to turn back Allegheny County officials from using Thomas Jefferson High School two years ago because of safety issues, but could not use that argument last year.
“The election code mandates school buildings, municipal buildings and county buildings to be used as polling places upon request from the board of elections,” county elections director Mark Wolosik said. “Our recommendation is that they schedule in-service days. Such days also could be scheduled as school holidays.”
Bethel Park school directors also plan to vote on a resolution similar to West Jefferson Hills' proposal.
The board has these other items on Tuesday's agenda:
• Retaining Henderson Brothers of Pittsburgh as district insurance broker of record for the next three years.
• Naming one of six bidders for landscaping services.
• A $7,225 contract with PA Trust by Conrad Siegel Actuaries to assist the district in complying with Government Accounting Standards Board Statement 45 requirements.
• Renewal of an annual contract with AlertNow for mass notification services at a cost of $2.30 per recipient.
• A food service contract with Metz Inc. for 2013-14 with a 10-cent increase in meal prices to $2.40 for the elementary schools and $2.65 for the middle and high schools.
• Renewal of membership in the Blended Schools program at a cost of $12,985.
• Purchase for $125,568 of McGraw-Hill's “My Math” elementary school series, subject to review by the to-be-named district superintendent.
• An $8,117.01 boost toward field trips to the nation's capital for 666 middle-school students.
• Approval for 12 Thomas Jefferson High School family and consumer science students, all in “The Future Is Mine” program, to attend an April 25-26 Pittsburgh event.
• Advertising for bids for new bleachers for the high school gymnasium.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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