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McKeesport Area's George Washington, Centennial schools will be advertised for sale

| Thursday, March 27, 2014, 2:01 a.m.

McKeesport Area school board on Wednesday authorized district business manager David Seropian to advertise the sale of George Washington and Centennial buildings in McKeesport's Seventh Ward.

The schools no longer are needed because of the new Twin Rivers primary and intermediate school complex.

The board awarded a $355,110 contract to FieldTurf for artificial turf at Weigle-Schaeffer Memorial Stadium, the high school football field.

“The turf had come to the end of its usefulness,” board president Patricia Maksin said. Board member Scott Smith said the old turf lasted for 12 years.

The board approved Allegheny Intermediate Unit's program of services budget and a district calendar for 2014-15.

Superintendent Rula S. Skezas said the first day for students will be Aug. 27, nine snow days are included, and high school commencement will be on June 9, 2015.

Maksin thanked Skezas for her leadership “in trying times” for the district, including the death of Founders' Hall Middle School student Alyson Higdon in a truck-pedestrian accident near the school.

“Our district in conjunction with the city of McKeesport will continue to evaluate the area and implement recommendations to ensure the safety of all our students,” Skezas said.

The board approved change orders for Founders' Hall. The gymnasium floor will be maple, as it had been in the past, rather than bamboo as is the floor at Twin Rivers. Smith said it will mean a credit from the contractor of more than $16,000. The district may spend $25,000 more for a sewer tap. Smith said PA One Call found that the tap will have to avoid a 12-inch gas line.

The work will mean limited parking at the high school during International Village. The board will allow it in front and on the band side of the school during the Aug. 12-14 festival.

The board accepted Hilary Spell's resignation as Young Parent Project case manager liaison and parent educator and approved several personnel moves such as the hiring of 19 summer laborers at $7.25 an hour.

It approved trips for high school student Casey Walsh to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band this week in Hershey and six cosmetology students and two advisors to the Skills USA state conference on April 9-11.

The meeting opened with a performance by cast members of “Seussical,” the high school musical scheduled for April 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

School counselor and musical producer George Lepsch said tickets can be bought from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. weekdays and on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. Tickets in advance are $7 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, while at the door it's $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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