200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Board Meeting - August 26, 2015
7:00 Regular Meeting
- Speakers (Agenda Items)
- Voting Items
The North Allegheny School District undertook 18 major school improvement projects during the summer of 2015, which included work at every District building. The total value of the construction work is $8.5 million.
During the Aug. 19 School Board meeting, Mr. Rob Gaertner, P.E., Director of Facilities, provided an update on the status of each of the projects. Mr. Gaertner reported that work on each of the projects began on June 15, with the majority of the projects completed by August 14. Some ongoing work will continue at several sites once school begins, but Mr. Gaertner reported the work would not interfere with student learning.
At Bradford Woods Elementary School, work completed thus far includes the replacement of the main entryway stairs and sidewalk, the replacement of interior and exterior lighting and controls, and modifications to the fifth-grade stairs to improve safety. Renovations to the Art Room and the replacement of gutters and downspouts are ongoing.
The construction of a new student drop off driveway and Cafeteria Entrance Vestibule at Marshall Elementary School is ongoing, Mr. Gaertner reported. Once completed, the modifications will allow for a smoother and safer drop-off process for parents and students. Renovations to the Art Room also are ongoing. Among the projects completed at this site include the replacement of folding walls in classrooms and the installation of new restroom partitions.
At Marshall Middle School, the reconfiguration of the School Counselors’ Suite and renovations to the Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms is complete. The expansion of the Sensory Room and renovations to the Autistic/Life Skills classrooms also is finished and will provide the additional space and resources needed. Ongoing work includes the replacement of interior and exterior lighting and the construction of the Music Room addition.
Fencing along the sidewalk from the playground to the ball field was replaced at Hosack Elementary School. Replacement of the driveway, parking lot paving, and sidewalk installation and repairs still are ongoing. Sidewalk and/or paving repairs also are being completed at Franklin, Pebbles, Ingomar, and McKnight elementary schools. Other highlights include the installation of a handicap-accessible ramp at the back hall exit at Ingomar Elementary School and the replacement of the Gym and Cafeteria lights at McKnight Elementary School.
Projects at Carson and Ingomar middle schools included the replacement of Gym lights at both buildings and paving and sidewalk repairs.
The installation of lights in the lower-level Gym and repairs to and sealing of the main driveway at North Allegheny Intermediate High School also were completed this summer. Ongoing work includes the replacement of exterior lighting and modifications to the chilled water system.
Work completed at North Allegheny Senior High School includes the replacement of 12 skylights in the Gym, replacement of the carpeting in the Auditorium, and installation of walk-off mat carpeting at the main entrance. Mr. Gaertner said student lockers also were replaced with new models that would provide students with more space. Ongoing work includes masonry repairs to doors 22, 23, and 24.
Paving repairs also were completed this summer at the Facilities/Transportation building.
At the Baierl Center, renovations to the two locker rooms under the home side stands were completed. Ongoing work includes the repainting of the home side stands, the installation of hand rails, and the replacement of fencing along the back of the stands. Mr. Gaertner indicated the ongoing work would not interfere with any games or events scheduled at the center.
Finally, new security cameras were installed at each school building.
August 19, 2015
7:00 SPECIAL MEETING/WORK SESSION
- Community Relations
- Update from Executive Council on Readiness of Schools
- Update on Renovation Projects at BWE, MES, and MMS
- Speakers (Voting Items for Special Meeting)
- Special Meeting Voting Items
- Review of Board Folder (August 26, 2015)
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that Mrs. Meredith Progar, a mathematics teacher at the North Allegheny Intermediate High School, was honored on August 14, 2015, when the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics presented her with their High School Master of Mathematics Award. The Master of Mathematics award recognizes teachers with at least seven years of full-time teaching experience who exhibit contagious enthusiasm for students’ learning of mathematics and demonstrate initiatives in developing innovative strategies in teaching.
Mrs. Progar was nominated to receive this award by her principal, Dr. Brendan Hyland and by Dr. Gina Foletta of Penn State University. In his nomination letter, Dr. Hyland noted that “Mrs. Progar’s classroom is an amazing place in which students of all mathematical backgrounds are supported and challenged as they engage in interesting mathematics…Meredith’s dedication to mathematics education goes beyond her daily work with her high school students.” Dr. Hyland concluded his nomination by saying “Meredith has become an extraordinary classroom teacher who values, enjoys and serves her students and colleagues in humble yet powerful ways.”
The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and was established to create and maintain an active interest in mathematics and to encourage effective teaching practices at all levels of education. They work towards achieving that goal by providing a medium for exchange of ideas and information, encouraging research, facilitating activities and offering leadership to all who are concerned with mathematics education in the state. You can learn more about the PCTM at their website located at: www.pctm.org.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the first day of class for students for the 2015-2016 school year is Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that all schools will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day. Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces the dates for the Open House/Curriculum Nights for the 2015-16 school year as follows:
All Elementary Schools Curriculum Nights:
Kindergarten – Thursday, August 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grades 1 and 2 – Thursday, September 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Grades 3 and 4 – Tuesday, September 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Grade 5 – Wednesday, September 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
All Middle Schools Open House:
Tuesday, September 15, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
NA Intermediate High School Open House:
Thursday, September 24, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
NA Senior High School Open House:
Tuesday, September 29, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
All parents are cordially invited to come and meet their children’s teachers and hear key information about the curriculum, school programs, and classroom expectations. For more information, please contact the school office.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that Dr. Robert Scherrer, Substitute Superintendent of Schools, will host a Newcomers’ Coffee at the District’s Central Administration Offices, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township, on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:15 a.m.
The Coffee is designed to introduce parents with children who are new to the District to programs, processes, and key personnel. A question and answer session will conclude the two- hour meeting.
Any North Allegheny School District resident who may be interested in this presentation is welcome to attend.
Elementary School Orientations:
August 11, 2015:
Peebles Elementary (1:00 p.m.)
August 12, 2015:
Hosack Elementary (1:00 p.m.)
August 14, 2015:
Franklin Elementary (10:00 a.m.)
Ingomar Elementary (10:00 a.m.)
August 17, 2015:
Bradford Woods Elementary (10:00 a.m.)
McKnight Elementary (10:00 a.m.)
Marshall Elementary (9:00 a.m.)
Middle School Orientations:
August 17, 2015:
Carson Middle School (1:00 p.m.)
Ingomar Middle School (1:00 p.m.)
Marshall Middle School (1:00 p.m.)
High School Orientations
August 12, 2015:
NA Senior High School (10:00 a.m.)
August 13, 2015:
NA Intermediate High School (10:30 a.m.)
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that all elementary schools will host Kindergarten Student Orientations as follows:
August 12, 2015:
Franklin Elementary (9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.)
Ingomar Elementary (9:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.)
Peebles Elementary (9:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)
August 14, 2015:
Hosack Elementary (9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.)
McKnight Elementary (10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.)
August 18, 2015:
Bradford Woods Elementary (9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.)
Marshall Elementary (9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.)