Timeline set for Plum's elementary school transition

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool is looking at mid-August as the deadline for the work related to the transition of students to the former Pivik Elementary School.

“I want all projects done by Aug. 14,” Glasspool last week told the Plum School Board facilities committee. “It gives us a week for a final clean before school starts.”

Aug. 26 is the scheduled first day of classes for the 2013-14 school year.

Adlai Stevenson Elementary students are slated to attend the former Pivik during the construction of the new Holiday Park Elementary.

Construction is expected to take about 14 months.

The Adlai Stevenson building is slated for demolition.

District facility director Robert Holleran said cleaning is continuing on Saturdays at the former Pivik. A sewer repair project is on tap.

Plans also are progressing for demolition of the Adlai Stevenson building.

An auction of items from the building is scheduled for June 15 with removal of items by June 18, said Dennis Russo, the district's representative for the demolition of Adlai Stevenson and construction of the new Holiday Park.

Asbestos abatement and demolition are scheduled to begin June 19.

Demolition is expected to take about a month, Russo said.

District representatives presented the site plan application for the new building to the Plum Borough Planning Commission this past Monday night. The Commission tabled the discussion.

Glasspool also said some students and teachers at Adlai Stevenson would like the library at the new Holiday Park building to be named the Adlai Stevenson Memorial Library.

Board member Shane McMasters said he opposes the Adlai Stevenson name attached to the new library.

“If we name the library, I would prefer to name it something that holds more significance (to Plum),” McMasters said.

Board President Andrew Drake concurred with McMasters.

Board members Sal Colella, Loretta White, Kevin Dowdell and Richard Zucco said they would be OK going along with the wishes of some students and teachers.

The board is expected to vote on the naming of the library during its meeting Tuesday.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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