Demographics and Feasibility Study
On August 17, 2011, a Demographics and Feasibility Study Report was presented at a Special Meeting/Voting Session of the North Allegheny School Board. The School Board initiated this study in September 2010 and authorized the retention of a team of consultants to work with District administration to begin the work.
Status of Project:
Prior to the presentation of the Report, Dr. Raymond Gualtieri, Superintendent of Schools, emphasized to the Board and the community members in attendance that this project is in the preliminary/research phase. He does not anticipate that any significant changes relative to this study could be implemented until the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The adjustment of middle school attendance zones, which would affect approximately 70-80 students, may be considered for the 2012-2013 school year.
Peak Enrollment: The projections of the demographic study indicate the highest enrollment over the next decade for the North Allegheny School
District is anticipated to occur in the 2014-2015 school year, when total enrollment is expected to peak at 8279. This number reflects 75 more students than are currently enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year.
Building Capacity: A building capacity analysis was done for every school in the District.
Physical Conditions Analysis: The physical condition of the facilities and grounds at Bradford Woods Elementary School, Marshall Elementary School, and Marshall Middle School were evaluated, due to the age of these buildings.
The approximate cost of the recommended upgrades/renovations to each school are:
Facility Utilization: Upon review of building capacity, current enrollment, and anticipated peak enrollment, the study makes two conclusions:
Options for Addressing Elementary and Middle School Concerns: The study identified three potential options for further study:
Next Steps: The administration and the consultants will continue to review potential costs and cost savings relative to each of the options outlined. The School Board will provide some additional input to the project team relative to the direction of their research. Inparticular, a redistricting of elementary students will be added to the further study of Option 1.
Communications: These highlights will be updated as newinformation becomes available. Residents who have input or questions are invited to participate in the community blog on this topic on the District website. All postings must be signed and will be reviewed for appropriate content prior to being added to the live blog conversation.