Cornell residents favorable toward merger with Moon Area
Some Cornell School District residents told the school board on Monday night that they believe students will have more academic and athletic opportunities if the district merges with Moon Area.
Many of the roughly 50 residents who attended the board workshop meeting are in favor of a merger, which they believe could attract families to buy homes in Coraopolis. The district also serves families in Neville.
It was the first time the school board has met since Moon Area's board made the surprise move in June to authorize its superintendent to approach Cornell about merging.
“Our children will get more opportunities for education,” said Coraopolis resident Eric Krauza, 38, who has two sons, 2 and 5.
He and others implored board members to keep open minds, even though a proposed merger between the districts failed about 15 years ago.
Board President Jeffrey McBain said Moon Area's proposal was unprofessional because Cornell was not contacted in advance.
The other five members in attendance did not share their opinions.
McBain said he did not appreciate Moon Area using Cornell as a political pawn during a battle over closing one of its schools.
During a contentious 6½-hour meeting on June 26, board Treasurer Laura Schisler brought up the idea of a merger.
The Moon Area board voted to close Hyde Elementary School, renovate Allard and Brooks elementary schools by the start of the 2015-16 year, and authorize Superintendent Curt Baker to approach Cornell about a potential merger.
“We are open to discussions, obviously, with Moon Township. Our next step is to again have our superintendent talk to Moon's superintendent to lay out a more detailed plan as to how we go forward,” McBain said.
Last school year, Moon Area had 3,723 students from Moon and Crescent enrolled in seven schools, while Cornell had 646 students in two schools that share a building.
Coraopolis resident Christie Czepiel, 38, said she objects to Cornell being characterized as not having enough to offer academically.
“You get out of it what you put into it,” said Czepiel, whose two daughters, 12 and 14, will be taking honors classes in Cornell in the coming school year.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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.
- Lawsuit: Pittsburgh Public Schools should have known officer was abusing boys
- Transportation challenges rife as Pittsburgh focuses on making fixes
- Montour Trail gets needed updates
- Transportation funding uncertainty impacts planning for Western Pa.
- Highmark asks patients to ‘Meet Dr. Right’
- Newsmaker: Derek Wesley
- Teachers union advises lawyers for colleagues of Plum pair investigated on sex charges
- 2 from Carrick charged in connection with rash of heroin overdoses
- Sto-Rox teachers union upset about possibility of Propel charter school opening in district building
- Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen Awards presents scholarship, 10 gold medals
- McKeesport woman pleads guilty to forging documents to steal from her dying neighbor