Pittsburgh schools three ‘Cs’: Closings, Cuts and Consolidations

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•eliminating positions and non-personnel spending in the Central Office;

•increasing class sizes, splitting class, and reducing library service, and cutting the number of high school periods from nine to eight;

•delaying technology purchases and reducing student athletic programs;

•moving some special education services from regional classrooms to home schools;

•changing maintenance and transportation scheduling and security assignments, and

•closing, consolidating or reconfiguring 5 to 10 schools by the 2015-2016 school year.

Smith also noted that the district and several public education advocacy groups are lobbying Harrisburg to have money returned to the district that was diverted to the City of Pittsburgh when it declared bankruptcy.

He also said that when looking at possible additional revenue from selling food services or professional development to other districts and from a tax increase, both “would have a limited impact on our finances.”

Per Lane’s recommendation, the previous school board voted to close Woolslair Elementary in Bloomfield, which has only 110 students enrolled. A public hearing on the closing is scheduled for Dec. 15 along with the school board’s regular public hearing, and three separate hearing on charter school applications.

(Send comments to cmorrow@newpittsburghcourier.com.)

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