Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Na Redistricting to Affect Fewer Students

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Na Redistricting to Affect Fewer Students

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North Allegheny school directors will vote Feb. 19 on the administration's fourth and final redistricting plan that would move fewer than 200 elementary students and allow current fourth- and seventh-grade students to stay where they are.

"We have a wonderful problem - everybody loves their current school," said Robert Scherrer, assistant superintendent for K-12 education. "That is a credit to the administrators, teachers and staff members in each building."

The plan, which was presented to the school board at its Jan. 15 work session, started with the scenario that moves the fewest students and tweaked it to take into account feedback from focus group meetings, emails and board meetings, Mr. Scherrer said.

The result is a plan that moves even fewer students - approximately 187 - "grandfathers" the current fourth- and seventh- graders and keeps several neighborhoods in their current buildings. Children from new residential developments would be moved to other attendance areas.

"I am very pleased and encouraged by what we've seen here," said board President Chris Jacobs. "Community feedback was incorporated into what we see here with an excellent result."

The elementary school plan:

. Allows the Franklintowne neighborhood to remain at Ingomar School. Franklintowne residents complained that their neighborhood was moved each time there was a redistricting, most recently in 2006.

. Allows the Spring Ridge neighborhood to remain at Franklin. Instead, the nearby La Place Point apartments will be moved to Bradford Woods. There are still two or three buildings to be constructed in that development, said Roger Botti, director of transportation and operations.

. Changes the attendance boundaries of Bradford Woods to include the Nicholson Road area and new developments. This was in response to Marshall Elementary parents who were afraid that moving too many children into their school would eventually overcrowd the building when the new developments are built.

. Keeps the Matterhorn and Forest Oaks areas at Marshall. …

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