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PPS looks to the community for academic, character development program at UPrep

| Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 10:03 p.m.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is developing a plan it says will ensure students at University Preparatory High School in the Upper Hill District are prepared for college and beyond.

The Collective Impact Model “utilizes the collective resources of the community” and will include “targeted programs that promote academic, character and emotional development for students,” district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said in a statement.

School officials will implement the new model next school year.

The news comes a week after a brawl involving about 30 girls at University Prep put the school on lockdown for several hours. An investigation showed the fight was an ongoing dispute between students from the city's Garfield and Hill District neighborhoods.

Work on the model began last year and involved school administrators, teachers and community members. The Pittsburgh School Board made recommendations Tuesday.

More details are available from the district's website at www.pps.k12.pa.us .

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