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Holy Family Institute to open Penn Hills school

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Penn Hills Council voted unanimously on July 15 to grant conditional use approval for Holy Family Institute to establish a school at 100 Mulberry Lane.

The site is a former public school, and also has served as a location for Trinity Christian Academy.

Holy Family Institute is proposing a six-classroom school to serve about 70 students with a variety of learning disabilities.

Holy Family officials have worked with the Penn Hills School District since 2001 through Linton Middle School's BEST School. The institute provided teachers, aides, assistants and a school counselor for three classrooms.

Holy Family Institute will lease the building from current owners Buy Direct Mail Inc., and the school will operate during the same hours as the Penn Hills School District. In other matters:

• Council voted unanimously to appoint resident Joseph Tamburrino to a five-year term on the Penn Hills Zoning Hearing Board. The term will run through Dec. 13, 2018.

Council also appointed Joseph Opsitnick to the municipal traffic safety committee, and Jerry Chiappinelli, Liza King and Leo Schrantz to the planning commission.

• Council voted unanimously to award a $75,000 bid to Apollo-based Sports and Recreation Associates for renovations to the basketball court at the Penn Hills Multi-Purpose Center on Lincoln Road.

The project includes paving, striping, fencing, hoops, goals and nets as well as an asphalt accessibility ramp.

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

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