Thursday, March 14, 2013
The administrative offices also will not be moving to new office space in Braddock.
The Woodland Hills School Board decided Wednesday night not to sell the district's administrative building in Churchill and lease new office space in Braddock. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the board voted 5-4 to reject the plan. Board members Fred Kuhn, Tara Reis, Bob Tomasic, Regis Driscoll and Brian Estocin voted against the plan. Colleen Filiak, Jeff Hanchett, Marilyn Messina and Robert Clanagan voted for it, according to the Post-Gazette. The agenda noted the school board would vote on approving an agreement with Trek Development for the sale of the property at 2430 Greensburg Pike. In January, the board approved the sale of the administration building with the plan to move to new office space being built by Trek in …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Votes on moving eighth grade to the high school, establishing cyber school are pulled from tonight's (Wednesday's) agenda.
Woodland Hills School Board plans to vote tonight (Wednesday) on final approval on whether to move the administrative offices to a new office building in Braddock and sell the current administration building on Greensburg Pike to Trek Development. Votes on moving eighth grade to the high school and establishing a cyber school are pulled from tonight's (Wednesday's) agenda. To see the full agenda for tonight's meeting, click here. _______________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Sign up for our daily email newsletter.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Responding to citizens, Woodland Hills School Board voted to hire an independent financial analyst to review the administration building sale/lease agreement, then failed to actually appoint someone to do the analysis.
After hearing concerns of Churchill residents over the figures used to determine the cost benefits of selling the Woodland Hills administration building and leasing office space in Braddock, the school board took action Wednesday night to hire an independent financial analyst to review the numbers. Superintendent Alan Johnson even recommended someone for the job—Pat Sable, who was the long-time chief financial officer for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, which provides specialized educational services to Allegheny County's 42 suburban school districts and five vocational/technical schools. He cited Sable's expertise in working with school district budgets as a plus over certified public accounts who work more with the business sector. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The school board voted Monday night to enter a sales and lease agreement with TREK Development Group.
Woodland Hills School Board, by a 5-4 vote, decided to enter an option agreement to sell the current administration building on Greensburg Pike for $625,000 to TREK Development Group and lease office space in TREK's Braddock Overlook Development at a cost of $125,000 a year. The lease will be for three years with a no-penalty, opt-out clause in favor of the district and contingent upon TREK taking ownership of the property at 2430 Greensburg Pike. The terms of the sale and lease are subject to negotiation, approval and execution of a lease agreement and option agreement acceptable to the board within 45 days of Jan. 28. Those agreements would have to come back to the board and be approved before the sale and lease agreements are finalized…
Friday, January 25, 2013
At Wednesday's special legislative meeting, the substitute superintendent, and representatives from TREK Development and Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, provided details to the public.
Woodland Hills School Board is expected to vote on Monday on whether to approve or reject the sale of the current administrative office building on Greensburg Pike and move of the staff to leased office space in Braddock. The proposal has advocates on both sides of the issue, with some favoring TREK Development Group's proposal to build 48 units of senior housing on the Greensburg Pike and move the administrative staff to new office space on the site of the former UPMC Braddock hospital. Others prefer the idea of retaining the property for future use, finding space for the staff in one of the district's existing buildings, or considering other ideas for the site and staff. In an effort to provide the public with background about the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Forest Hills resident questions benefit to district's children if administration building is sold and offices moved to Braddock.
Thursday, January 24
Open Letter to Woodland Hills School Board: As a Forest Hills resident, district taxpayer, and parent, I urge caution to the Woodland Hills School Board with regard to the TREK proposals to relocate district administrative offices and sell district property. TREK’s proposal offers no strong financial argument and no clear benefit to the district. Leasing space (regardless of in which community) would create a new cost that will ultimately lead to higher taxes for all district residents without providing any direct benefit to most. I look to the school board to find ways to reduce district costs and thus my taxes, not to raise them. And where is the benefit to students? None of what I’ve heard about this proposal addresses how students …
Woodland Hills School Board will resume the discussion about and then vote on the possible sale of the administration building in Churchill and moving offices to Braddock on Monday night at 7 p.m.
Woodland Hills School Board will have the weekend to mull over two presentations, and a number of citizen comments and questions, before reconvening Monday, Jan. 28, to vote on whether to sell the district administrative office building in Churchill and move to leased space in Braddock. (Those interesting in speaking at the meeting, see information at end of story.) TREK Development Group of Pittsburgh has offered to buy the administration building at 2430 Greensburg Pike for $625,000. The group would raze the former Churchill Elementary School building and construct a senior citizen apartment building with about 48 units. TREK is also offering to lease office space to the school district in a new building being constructed on the site of …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The meeting at Woodland Hills High School auditorium begins at 7 p.m.
Woodland Hills School Board will hold a special legislative meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) to consider and possibly vote on the sale of administration building and discuss the possible move of the administrative staff to offices in Braddock. The meeting will take place at the Woodland Hills High School auditorium, 2550 Greensburg Pike, Churchill. Speakers were required to register by Jan. 22 but public comment will be taken at the end of the meeting. The meeting will include presentations by Substitute Superintendent Alan Johnson and TREK Development Group of Pittsburgh, which has offered to buy the administration building at 2430 Greensburg Pike for $625,000. The group would raze the former Churchill Elementary School building, now…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Opinions are divided on whether to retain the Greensburg Pike building or sell it to a developer and move administrators to new, leased offices in Braddock.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the location of next week's meeting and information about residents speaking on the issue. Woodland Hills School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, to discuss a proposal to sell the administration building in Churchill and move district administrators to new, leased offices in Braddock. The meeting will be held in the Woodland Hills High School auditorium. To register to speak, call and/or email Tomeka Billingsley at 412-731-1300, ext. 0124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is now being billed as a special legislative meeting where the board has the ability to vote on the sale and move to Braddock. The board decided to postpone voting on the sale Wednesday night …