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Export council sends letter opposing FR's elementary campus project

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 8:48 p.m.
Above, Sloan Elementary School, off Sardis Road in Murrysville. Franklin Regional officials want to renovate the existing building, construct a new elementary for grades 3 to 5 on the site, and consolidate all its elementary students on one campus.
Above, Sloan Elementary School, off Sardis Road in Murrysville. Franklin Regional officials want to renovate the existing building, construct a new elementary for grades 3 to 5 on the site, and consolidate all its elementary students on one campus.

Export council does not have authority over the Franklin Regional School District’s elementary campus proposal, but its members voted against the project all the same.

Council this week voted to send a letter opposing the school district’s plans to renovate Sloan Elementary School, construct a new elementary building on the property and consolidate its elementary operations in one place.

Councilman John Nagoda delivered a copy of the letter to Murrysville council members at their meeting Wednesday. Borough council was compelled to oppose “the debacle that’s about to happen next door, the school,” Nagoda said.

“They’re destroying a natural site there,” he said, citing concerns over the future water quality of Haymaker Run and the wetlands on the site that have been raised by other district residents. “Use your heads. Don’t waste this money, and don’t get into a lawsuit with the school board. That’s stupid.”

The letter sent by Export states that borough officials “believe the site is wrong, it is a totally unnecessary building expense, and is an unpopular endeavor district-wide.”

“You need to right the ship here,” Nagoda said. “Don’t build a congestion center across the street.”

Murrysville council’s main purpose on Wednesday’s agenda was refining the conditions it would place on the school district if the Sloan elementary campus plan is approved. Council is set to deliver its decision on the project applications at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Franklin Regional School District, which is based in Murrysville, also serves students from Export and Delmont.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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