Imagine seeks to keep modular classrooms

Patrick Varine
| Monday, May 13, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Officials from the Imagine Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship postponed on Monday an appearance before Penn Hills Municipal Council requesting permission to keep modular classrooms on their Penn School Road campus.

Council granted unanimous approval last June to a temporary expansion at the school: six temporary modular classroom trailers in order to house third graders as part of a conditional-use agreement. Imagine's long-term plan was to serve kindergarten through second grade in 2011-12, and add one grade level each year as the inaugural class of students moves up.

One of the conditions council placed on Imagine was that the trailers must be removed no later than 30 days after the end of the school year. Imagine's final school day for students is June 14, however council announced that school officials will return at next month's meeting, which takes place four days earlier, on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building (12245 Frankstown Road).

Imagine and its subsidiary, Schoolhouse Finance LLC, received a zoning variance in 2012 allowing them to use space in the Parkway East Professional Center off of Frankstown Road as additional classroom space if necessary, according to Imagine Regional Director Mubuso Zamchiya.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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