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School board drops N. Side plan

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, 12:00 p.m.

The Pittsburgh school board Tuesday night voted down a proposal to buy 16.5 acres of property on the North Side.

School district officials wanted the land, located at Evergreen Road and Ivory Avenue near Reserve Township, for a new stadium, career high school or teacher training center. The site has room for two of those projects.

The board voted 8-0 against buying the land, with Mark Brentley Sr. abstaining. Board members had said they did not have enough time to discuss a new stadium or career high school, which would replace South Vo-Tech High School on the South Side.

The property is owned by the Wilmar Group, a North Hills developer. The board had wanted to postpone a vote, but under the terms of a preliminary sales agreement, the district needed to give Wilmar a definite answer. The agreement called for the district to pay $3.6 million.

The district may still pursue a deal with the J. Allan Steel Co. to buy nearly four acres on Beaver Avenue near Manchester for the career high school. The district would have to demolish a scrap yard and mill that are on the property.

In other matters, the board approved a 4.26 percent pay hike for principals and district administrators, including Deputy Superintendent Paula Butterfield and Chief of Staff Philip Parr. Butterfield now will earn $123,448 annually, and Parr will be paid $101,979.

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