West Jefferson Hills board OKs purchase of land
West Jefferson Hills School District officials are exploring options for how to best use 151 acres off of Old Clairton Road that they have agreed to purchase.
School board members, in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, approved the property buy from Nello Fiore for $1,075,000.
The district will pay for the land with its committed fund balance that is set aside for capital improvements. There is $9 million in that fund, director of finance Tracy Harris said.
District officials said they have no set plans for the site, but several options are being explored.
“All of our buildings are pretty much landlocked — our elementaries, our high school, our middle school — so there really is not a large room for expansion. For anything in the future, we'll obviously need some property,” said school board President Anthony Angotti.
Keeping in mind the growth that is occurring in the district — attributed to new housing development in Jefferson Hills — and the many needs for building improvements, a facilities master plan is in the works that will outline issues and what is needed for the future.
The district will have a meeting early next month in which residents can learn more about options for building improvements, district architect Ryan Pierce, president of JC Pierce of LLC. More details may be available later this week, on the district's website, www.wjhsd.net.
Architects evaluated all five district schools and outlined improvement needs in each building, Pierce said. Options under review include: asset protection for things such as roofs and mechanical equipment and how to address potential future growth and the aging high school building, Pierce said.
Options also will include ways to use the Old Clairton Road property, Pierce said.
Several studies of the site were conducted during the last several months, including an environmental and mineral review and preliminary geotechnical analysis, to ensure the property was sound, Angotti said. The district hired AECOM to complete the work.
“If you're going to spend $1 million of taxpayer dollars, you want to make sure that you're buying something that can be utilized,” he said.
“It was important for this board and this district to make sure that this was a good, solid piece of property before we made the offer to purchase.”
The first study determined that there were strip-mines and shallow natural gas wells on the site. Yet, the land was determined to have “no issues,” Angotti said.
“We have done our due diligence and we are assured that we have a good piece of property here,” he said.
A closing for the property purchase has not yet been scheduled, district solicitor Lisa Colautti said.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Hearing set on Baldwin housing complex
- Council approves work on Pleasant Hills shopping center
- Tiny ‘council’ endorses big changes in Whitehall
- Jefferson Regional Foundation taking applications for grants
- Baldwin officials take step to improve parks
- Officials remain at odds over Brentwood borough building
- Richter: Various databases can help library users with health education
- Whitehall Council follows tradition; rotates leadership seats