Langley, Oliver Among Schools Slated To Close

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Board of Education approved a realignment plan that calls for school closures and job cuts.

The district faces a projected $100 million budget deficit by the year 2015.

The board says they’re trying to make the best of a challenging situation.

“When we do things like this and we have to make the cuts that we do, our job is not easy, it’s generally the one that has to make that last decision that upsets everybody,” School Board Member Theresa Colaizzi said.

To maximize building space, deal with enrollment and cut costs, the board voted to close and realign seven city schools – Fort Pitt pre-K to 5, Langley High School, Schaeffer, Stevens, Murray, Northview K-8 and Oliver High School.

Langley students will go to Brashear. Oliver students will attend Perry.

“To take Northview out of its community, put them on a bus to keep someone else’s building open, is not a good thing,” Mark Brentley, Sr., a school board member, said.

Even with these changes, the school board will still be in the red. Superintendent Linda Lane knows the challenge is far from over.

“Every community goes through the pain when you ask them to think about closing any kind of a school and especially high schools are difficult,” she said.

The school board will deal with the budget as a whole in December.

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  • orison319

    you’re just asking for trouble ,, These students will be in the future occupy movements, that I can guarantee..

  • Mr. Kite

    Good for them if that`s the case. They can join this occupier.

    • Zoeyzotron

      I couId not agree more with RUSH!

      Also, Move On has Zero credibility, a joke of an organization… or whats left of it.

    • Zoeyzotron

      In fact i really love Rush so much. Back when he was living in Mckeesport we would have slumber parties and talk all night. He preferred me to call him Jeff Christie back then.

  • swin

    Wouldn’t it make sense to close Perry and transfer the students to Oliver – Oliver is more centrally located on the North Side.

    Also, I know that this is water under the bridge but back in the 1980’s when school busing was forced on the residents of Pittsburgh and people started leaving the city, this was all predicted.

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