Share This Page

Council approves site plan for new Holiday Park Elementary

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:45 a.m.

The Plum School District has the go-ahead on its site plan for a new elementary school.

Borough council on June 1 approved the plan for the New Holiday Park Elementary School that is set to be built on the current site of the Adlai Stevenson Elementary School off Holiday Park Drive. Construction is expected to begin in a couple of months and take about 14 months.

The Plum School Board voted to approve spending between $13.8 million and $20 million to build the new school.

Council's OK followed the borough planning commission's recommendation for approval last week.

Commission member Robert Kalichuk was the lone dissenter, citing his concerns about security and storm-water retention.

“How are we going to prevent like what happened at Sandy Hook?” Kalichuk said.

A shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December left 20 children and six adults dead.

District officials, including school resource Officer Mark Kost, in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut reviewed the district's security measures.

Plum Planning Director Jason Straley said security measures are not part of the site plan submittal process.

Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said the new school has been designed with security measures including a single-point of entry, cameras and a buzz-in system for visitors. Glasspool said the security measures also are in place in the district's other buildings.

District officials have said the new school is a duplicate of the new Pivik Elementary, a two-story building across School Road from the former Pivik.

Glasspool said details about the project will be discussed during a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 20 in the high school auditorium, 900 Elicker Road.

Kalichuk also said he is concerned about storm-water management at the site.

“My main concern is that water doesn't seep into people's backyards,” Kalichuk said.

Engineer Robert Mitall said the district was required in its storm-water management plan to reduce water runoff with the new school.

Arnie Caffas, president of Pennsylvania Soil & Rock in Monroeville, the district's engineer for the project, said an underground holding tank will be installed under the parking lot, which will retain about 20 percent more water than now is retained at the site.

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.