Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Restrooms to Be Installed at Park Elementary

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Restrooms to Be Installed at Park Elementary

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Steel Valley School District will install two restrooms in the annex at Park Elementary School so that special needs children and adults can use a washroom without going upstairs.

At the school board's workshop meeting Monday, director of facilities Dennis Keesecker said the restrooms won't be installed in time for the start of school, but will probably be done in October or November.

Earlier this year, a 10-year-old girl with pulmonary hypertension and chronic lung disease was using the teachers' restroom on the first floor of Park Elementary because she had difficulty climbing stairs to get to a restroom on an upper floor. The Steel Valley teachers' union filed a grievance objecting to her using the teachers' restroom.

The union dropped the grievance after superintendent Ed Wehrer and the school board denied it in separate actions.

In June, the school board hired architect John Kudravy to analyze whether district restrooms meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Keesecker said Mr. Kudravy walked through district buildings with him in mid-June. He expects Mr. Kudravy to have recommendations by early August on how to ensure that all district buildings are handicapped accessible.

During the meeting, Donna Dreshman objected to a proposal she said was mentioned at the July 15 special meeting to increase Mr. Wehrer's salary from $101,000 to $120,000.

A district source said Mr. Wehrer requested a salary increase from $101,000 to $127,000 to be retroactive in his current contract, which started about a month ago. School directors unanimously tabled a motion on his salary increase request at the July 15 meeting.

At Monday's meeting, Ms. Dreshman asked how the school board can justify an increase in salary of 20 percent. She suggested school directors tell senior citizens - who she said may have to choose between paying for their medication or paying property taxes - about the proposal.

Mr. Wehrer, who was not at the meeting Monday, could not be reached for comment about the salary proposal.

Also, during the meeting, several school directors, including board President Donna Kiefer, objected to a proposal to hire a firm from another state to contact substitute teachers, aides and custodians. …

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