Thursday, May 16, 2013
School board members agreed to proceed with renovations at the Woodland Hills Academy.
Woodland Hills School District officials are considering plans to partially renovate the Woodland Hills Academy building in Turtle Creek. On Wednesday, the school board voted 6-2 to proceed with plans to renovate the school. The project is estimated to cost $12 to $15 million. Board members Tara Reis and Robert Tomasic dissented. Fred Kuhn was absent. Officials have been discussing upgrading the 96-year-old building, which is located on Monroeville Avenue. The building—formerly the Turtle Creek High School—houses the K-6 Woodland Hills Academy and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. School board members said the renovations are needed to make the school safe enough for students, as well as handicap accessible. "We are …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Part 2 of a four-part series on Woodland Hills' 'Long-Range Plan for Excellence.'
When Woodland Hills School District's ad hoc committee came up with a list of long-range planning recommendations, one was to find a way to replicate the success of the Woodland Hills Academy in the district's other schools. As the district looks at consolidating from six to four elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year, Substitute Superintendent Alan Johnson said that the plan would be to create themed academies at each of the remaining buildings. "I believe students will start coming back to us if we do this," Johnson said. The district proposes closing Fairless Elementary next school year and then turning it into a "Family Service Centre" to provide a one-stop shop for social services for families of infants, todders and …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Find out what school your child will attend and when the district is holding signups.
Woodland Hills School District has scheduled the times and dates for kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year. Registration will take place from noon to 7 p.m. as indicated at the following schools (community attendance areas are in parentheses): Please bring your child and the following documents: The registration staff will make copies for district records and return your originals. *Kindergarten slots at the Academy are chosen by a lottery. Academy lottery postcards are available at each kindergarten registration. The lottery is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Academy auditorium. For more information, contact the Academy at 412-824-2450. ______________________ "Like" Patch on Facebook. | Follow …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Swissvale-Rankin mill site, along with Westinghouse Atom Smasher in Forest Hills and the former Turtle Creek High School are among the sites listed as 'endangered' since 1992.
Two decades ago, Preservation Pennsylvania established an annual "Pennsylvania At Risk" list—and was the first statewide preservation organization in the United States to have an annual roster of endangered historic properties. Since 1992, the group has listed and worked to preserve more than 200 endangered historic resources, including individual buildings, historic districts and thematic resources statewide, including three within the Woodland Hills School District borders. To celebrate the organization's 30th anniversary, the group's newsletter, "Preserving Pennsylvania," presented a 20-year retrospective edition of Pennsylvania At Risk. (Click on attached PDF.) The Carrie Furnace site in Swissvale and Rankin is the first of the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
From 'Spud Buds' to making environmentally friendly tree ornaments, these students had their thinking caps hot enough to, well, make french fries.
The elementary GATE Department's annual Creative Convention is another one of Woodland Hills' traditions. While each theme has varied over the years, the "Potato" theme for last week's gathering was certainly not a chip off the old block. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, about 42 students in grades 1-4 and about 40 fifth- and sixth graders from Edgewood, Wilkins, Fairless, Dickson and the Academy put their minds and creativity to work in a series of competitive events. One event challenged the students to "transform a lowly potato chip into something other than a munchy, crunchy potato chip," in the words of GATE teacher Cathie Pearson. Students were judged on elaboration, originality and using a creative title—and all doing something different…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
More than $390,000 will be spent on exterior doors in district buildings.
Woodland Hills School Board voted to begin the process that will replace nearly all its school buildings exterior doors in the district at Wednesday’s meeting. The board voted to have HHSDR Architects and Engineers to inspect the doors and seek bids to replace approximately 132 exterior doors in all the schools except the Academy at a cost not to exceed $396,000. “This is a security issue, as far as anything else,” said board member Regis Driscoll. Discussions about replacing the doors go back to at least last October. Some of the building’s doors have not been replaced since the 1960s and may leave security gaps that would be prevented with new doors. The doors at the Academy in Turtle Creek will not be replaced because of future plans…
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Woodland Hills School Board is seeking state funding for renovations, but members have yet to develop a clear plan for the school.
The Woodland Hills School Board is planning on spending millions of dollars to renovate Woodland Hills Academy, but just how much they’ll spend and what they’ll upgrade is still unclear. Last week, the board voted to pay Foreman Architects up to $60,000 to submit funding proposals to the state for partial reimbursement. For those proposals, the company will use a $20 million figure—what it would cost to completely renovate the building. Board President Marilyn Messina said that amount is higher than the board is willing to spend. Foreman Architects is using the figure in the proposals in order to meet an Oct. 1 deadline before a state moratorium takes effect, she added, and the board can decide later which renovations to pursue. “I can …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The school board is expected to vote next week on which improvements to accept out of a suggested $20 million in upgrades to Academy and secondary school security officers.
The Woodland Hills School Board on Wednesday set an agenda that will bring a number of items up for vote next week, including whether to go ahead with $20 million in renovations at Woodland Hills Academy. The board heard a presentation from a representative of Foreman Architects Engineers that detailed a number of suggested renovations to the building, which has been listed in “poor” condition since 2004, according to board President Marilyn Messina. Messina said the board will “pick and choose” which renovations to pursue next week. Terry L. Thompson, vice president of architecture for the company, said a cost-effective way to improve the building is to retain things such as chalkboards while focusing attention on more pressing structural…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Two students from the Woodland Hills Academy were the Wolverine Spirit Awardees for January 2012. At the January Woodland Hills school board meeting, seventh grader Amyre Collins was selected for this honor because, “he consistently works hard and demonstrates the attributes of a G.R.E.A.T. student. He strives to be well-read, well-spoken, well- traveled, well-rounded, and is consistently well-dressed.” Collins was nominated for this award by Academy faculty member Ebony Taylor. The second award winner for the night was fifth grader Paige Johnson. Johnson was nominated by her teacher, Ed Nestico, who described Paige as, “having grown leaps and bounds since arriving at the Academy. Her growth is impressive and her potential is endless.” …