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North Hills OKs plan to move 6th graders into middle school building

Tony LaRussa
The North Hills school board has approved a plan to move the district’s 6th graders to the middle school, where additional classroom capacy exists. The move is needed to make room in the elementary buildings for an anticipated growth in population over the next several years.

The North Hills School Board on Thursday unanimously approved a recommendation by the administration to transfer sixth-graders to the middle school to make room for the district’s growing elementary school population.

Superintendent Patrick Mannarino’s recommendation is for the move to occur at the start of the 2020-21 school year. The superintendent outlined details of the plan at the board’s Jan. 24 meeting.

The decision is being driven by demographic predictions indicating that over the next several years, the district will begin running out of room in its four, grade-school buildings.

The superintendent said the district should have enough capacity in the elementary buildings to deal with the projected number of incoming students next year.

But if that numbers exceeds estimates, a contingency plan could be implemented that includes assigning grade-school students who move into the district after June 1 to a building outside their assigned attendance area.

Demographic studies commissioned by the district indicate that the increase in school-age population will continue through 2025.

The estimated cost of implementing the change is $835,000 a year to cover the salary and benefits for an assistant principal; school counselor; nine teachers; and two support staff.

The district’s administration will use the year leading up to the transfer to work with teachers and parents to develop the intricate details of the plan that includes scheduling transportation and after school activities.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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