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New Armstrong Junior-Senior High School to vote on final name, mascot

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Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 3:15 p.m.

The Armstrong Junior-Senior High School Riverhawks could take flight on Monday, depending on a final vote from the Armstrong School Board at its monthly meeting.

The board plans to assign the name and mascot to the district's new junior-senior high school building, which is scheduled to open in Manor Township, off of Buffington Drive, prior to the 2015-16 school year.

Kittanning High School principal Jim Rummel said the name was a result of an online survey, conducted by district officials. A total of 353 residents responded to the survey, he said.

“We weren't suprised by our turnout because this building and process has been very important to our entire community,” Rummel said. “We also made sure the students had input in the entire process, by asking for their suggestions during the last school year.”

The survey's school name suggestions included Greater Armstrong, Armstrong Central and Fort Armstrong, he said.

Aside from the Riverhawks, the mascot nominations included the Eagles, the Fighting Hawks and the Miners, Rummel added.

The new school, which officials hope to complete in June 2015, comes with a $55 million price tag, and will house approximately 1,775 students in grades seven through 12 from the Kittanning and Ford City areas.

The school name comes just a week before construction crews plan to begin pouring the building's foundation, according to Roshelle Fennel of Reynolds Construction Management.

Once the foundation is poured, Fennel said contractors will begin installing plumbing and electrical systems.

“We're about 90 percent done on filling in the ground and installing utilities and stormwater management systems,” she said. “Despite the rain, the entire project is about seven weeks ahead of schedule.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or

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