Pittsburgh Public Schools administration has introduced a proposal to close eight schools over the next two years.
By Mary Niederberger
Pittsburgh Current Education Writer
As part of its new strategic plan “Imagine PPS,” and to help reduce a $39.4 million budget deficit, the Pittsburgh Public Schools administration has introduced a proposal to close eight schools over the next two years.
The only closing slated for the 2021-22 school year is Woolslair PreK-5, with students reassigned to Arsenal PreK-5. Also in the coming school year, the proposal calls for moving the program for students with disabilities at Oliver Citywide Academy though a new location has not yet been designated.
The plan also calls for creating two regional middle schools — an East End middle school at Minadeo School and a Career Middle School at the former Oliver High School building. In addition, the plan calls for a “Birth to Second Grade” school in Northview Heights.
The schools proposed for closure in 2022-2023 are: Allegheny 6-8, Arsenal 6-8, Fulton Prek-5, Manchester PreK-5, Miller Prek-5, Minadeo Prek-5 and Sterrett 6-8. In addition, the Morrow primary building and the Montessori building will close, but the schools will be moved to different facilities.
The plan was presented at the board’ business and finance committee meeting on Monday Feb. 1. The school board will hold a special legislative session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to vote on the process that will allow for public input and planning on the proposal.