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Grandview Elementary School parents question Derry board on realignment options

| Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The committee charged with exploring realignment options to alleviate overcrowding at Grandview Elementary School has not held its first official meeting, but parents concerned about the possibility of fifth-grade classes moving to Derry Area Middle School, starting in the 2015-16 school year, attended the school board meeting on Thursday to seek answers.

Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Walters will organize and oversee the committee, which will include four school board representatives, principals and teachers from both school buildings and parents appointed by the school board.

Walters said the committee will begin to meet in July and will hold several public meetings to solicit comments and questions from parents.

Grandview Elementary houses kindergarten through grade 5, while grades 6, 7 and 8 are at the middle school. Total enrollment at Grandview for 2013-14 after 90 days of instruction was 923 students. The middle school had 447 students at the 90-day mark of the 2013-14 school year. End-of-year enrollment figures at Grandview and the middle school for 2012-13 were 923 and 501, respectively.

School directors approved purchasing 302 laptops and 156 desktop computers through the PEPPM Purchasing Program from K12 Solutions. The laptops will cost $424 each and the desktops $417 each, bringing the total purchase price, which includes a five-year warranty, to $193,100 to be paid from the capital reserve fund.

The board approved the purchase of seven Panasonic Canisters from CDW-G for $4,988.20 for Grandview video storage.

Directors awarded the contract for trash and recycling services from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019, to Republic Services, the low bidder at $97,224.42.

The board approved these insurance contracts:

• McDowell and Associates, of Greensburg, $101,386 for property, crime, inland marine, boiler and machinery, commercial liability, auto, umbrella, travel and school board errors and omissions liability insurances from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

• Monumental Life Insurance Co., $20,310 for insurance for sports, band, majorettes, cheerleaders and field trip coverage for school-sponsored, school-supervised, non-overnight field trips for the 2014-15 school year.

• HM Casualty Insurance Co., $224,035 for workers compensation insurance from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

• Monumental Live Insurance Co., for voluntary school insurance program for the 2014-15 school year at a rate of $30 for school-time coverage and $113 for 24-hour coverage for students in grades K-12.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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