Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin Revises Plans for Stem Center

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Norwin Revises Plans for Stem Center

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Norwin superintendent William Kerr spoke about a revision of plans for the district's science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM - center at a school board workshop Monday.

Original plans for the building called for a $10.6 million free- standing technology center where students could learn the math and technological skills needed for jobs in partnerships with industries.

In a news release issued by the district, Mr. Kerr said Bob Carter Companies, the firm helping Norwin administrators develop fundraising strategies for the STEM center, said $3.5 million is a realistic fundraising goal for the greater community.

In response to that, administrators have come up with a new $6.5 million plan to build a STEM Innovation Center by reconfiguring and reusing some space at the high school and by adding onto the high school.

Jon Szish, district spokesman, said administrators are going to continue to work on covering the gap in funding during the next six to nine months.

"We are going to look at state and federal government [funding], as well as foundation funding and community fundraising, potential," he said in an email Tuesday.

In the news release, Mr. Kerr said the state Department of Education will allocate $500,000 for a regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics center serving sixth- through 12th- grade students and that state Sen. …

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