Pittsburgh Public Colleges Superintendent Proposes Closing 7 Colleges and 6 Buildings – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Public Schools could close several schools within the next two years.
Pittsburgh Public Schools announced Monday that Superintendent Anthony Hamlet and his leadership team had shared a plan to shut down Fulton PreK-5 in Highland Park, Miller PreK-5 in the Hill District, and Woolslair PreK-5 in Lawrenceville, and Manchester PreK-8 , Allegheny 6-8, Arsenal 6-8 and Sterrett 6-8.
The Morrow K-5 building in Brighton Heights and the Manchester, McKelvey, Morrow, Woolslair and Friendship buildings would also be closed.
The plan also recommends the creation of two new schools: a career middle school in the Oliver building and a maternity school in the Northview building.
“Our first priority remains to open schools to face-to-face teaching while ensuring that all of our students receive the educational support they need,” Hamlet said in the press release. “Even so, the COVID-19 pandemic has lifted Band Aid from the inequalities in every school system, including the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In order to be successful as a district and city, we have to break away from a legacy of inequality. We cannot and should not go back to what it was before. “
Woolslair’s closure would occur in the 2021-22 academic year. The rest of the closings and openings would be for the 2022-23 school year.
The school board could vote on the proposed plan on May 26th at the earliest.
“Tomorrow the board will be asked to open the public comment phase at a special session that begins at 5:30 pm,” said Monday’s press release.
“If the board votes to open the public comment phase tomorrow, the district will develop an aggressive schedule with multiple opportunities to contribute to this evening’s recommendations,” the press release added.