Transition plan in the works for Plum school shuffle
By Karen Zapf
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Preparing for the temporary transfer of Adlai Stevenson students to the old Pivik building is going to be no small task.
“It is going to be a large undertaking,” Plum School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said during last week's facilities committee meeting. “We are doing a transition plan.”
Nearly 350 Adlai Stevenson Elementary students are expected to attend classes in the old Pivik building on School Road during the construction of a new school building off Presque Isle Drive.
The district's plan also calls for Holiday Park Elementary to close with those students going to the new building that is expected to retain the Holiday Park name.
A new building is expected to cost about $18 million and be completed in about 14 months.
Glasspool told board members that many issues need to be addressed before the Adlai Stevenson students transfer to the old Pivik building most likely at the start of the next school year.
The new Pivik, located a short distance across School Road from the old building, opened at the beginning of the school year.
One of the biggest challenges is devising a way to handle increased bus and vehicle traffic on School Road that also is home to the new Pivik Elementary School, the superintendent said.
Glasspool anticipates five additional buses will travel the road.
He said one idea calls for making School Road one way with traffic driving in from Center New Texas Road and exiting onto Old Leechburg Road.
“There are safety modifications we have to make,” Glasspool said. “We will work with the borough. It is a team effort.”
Glasspool said other considerations include moving supplies from one building to the other and making repairs to a cracked sewer line.
Plum School Board President Andrew Drake told borough council members during last week's intergovernmental meeting that staggering starting times at the two schools also is an option.
“We will need support from the police department to monitor traffic,” Drake said.
“We believe it will be a suitable learning environment,” Glasspool said.
“We have to fix the facility before we put students in there. It is something the administration and teachers can handle.”
Glasspool said the transition plan will begin to take shape after the district signs contracts with L.R. Kimball, Russo Construction and Pennsylvania Soil and Rock for the demolition of the existing Adlai Stevenson Elementary School and the construction of a new building.
The Plum School Board is expected to vote on the contracts during Tuesday's meeting.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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