Grandview Elementary School parents question Derry board on realignment options
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 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.
- Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house
- Southmoreland commencement scheduled for Friday evening
- Westmoreland County Community College trustees approve $38M preliminary budget
- Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden
- Westmoreland County Transit Authority to consider raising bus fare rate for paratransit participants
- Ligonier Township K-9 officer home to recover from deadly collision
- Ex-Delmont man found dead in Florida
- Unity resident again accused of burglary
- Pair of zoning requests denied by Unity board
- Hempfield hires finance director
- Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics