60 Parents Turn out for Discussion of Upper St. Clair Schools Proposal
Santoni, Matthew, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Upper St. Clair parents still had some doubts Wednesday night about converting an elementary school to a curriculum that divided the school board five years ago.
Under pressure from the Switzerland-based International Baccalaureate Organization that designs the curriculum, the school district is proposing to switch Streams Elementary to an all- International Baccalaureate program in the 2012-13 school year, and held the first of two "open mic" nights on the proposal at Boyce Middle School.
The biggest concern among the roughly 60 parents in attendance was whether they'd lose the choice of having their children go to "traditional" classes instead of the IB program.
"What if we were to try and sell our homes and there are people who aren't aware of the IB program or don't want the IB program?" said Kelli Sharkey-Winseck, 40.
Superintendant Patrick O'Toole said the district will survey parents and homeowners over the next few months.
Streams has about 80 percent of its student body, drawn from across the school district, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and another 5 percent on a waiting list. The proposal would change the remaining 20 percent of Streams to the IB curriculum for grades 1-4, but administrators would have to decide what to do with students in Streams' attendance area whose parents choose not to enroll them in the program, O'Toole said. …