Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Union Objects to Proposed Sale of Building to Charter

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Union Objects to Proposed Sale of Building to Charter

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A proposal to sell the former Westinghouse Elementary School in Wilmerding to a charter school is creating some controversy in the East Allegheny School District.

At Monday night's school board meeting, teachers' union President Robin Highlands objected to the proposal.

"We would absolutely lose students to this charter school," she said.

Ms. Highlands said she is "very upset" with the plan and that she doesn't know how the school board could support it if they support public school education.

Board President Gerri McCullough said school directors have had some of the same concerns about the proposal, and they haven't made a final decision on a sale.

After the meeting, school Director Michael Paradine said a public hearing on the proposed sale will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the school board meeting room.

School Director Frank Pearsol said if enough people attend, the meeting will be moved to the auditorium. …

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