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School Board votes to hire educational consultants

The Quaker Valley School Board voted on Tuesday, September 27, to engage educational consultants to help determine the future teaching and learning needs of a high school facility. The board approved the hiring of BrainSpaces, Inc. in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based Maya Design, to engage the school community to create an educational plan for the district.

Educational Consultants BrainSpaces, Inc.

FAQs

Why not renovate the current high school?

The current high school facility was constructed in the 1920s. The rules and regulations from the Pennsylvania Department of Education have changed since then and the current footprint of the high school does not allow enough room to meet the regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for elevators, parking, ramps, etc. Expanding the school is not a viable option either, as there is not enough usable land outside of the floodplain. Unlike the projects completed at Osborne Elementary School, Edgeworth Elementary School, and Quaker Valley Middle School, which required expanding the footprint of the building; that is not possible at the current high school site.

Could another floor be added to the current building to adequately increase the square footage?

The soils would require much deeper foundations. A taller building would have some ADA challenges and increasing the building with another floor would not alleviate the present challenges including parking, traffic congestion, bus drop-off issues, etc., which exist at the current site.

Why not build on the football field?

The current football field sits in a floodplain. Click here to see the map. According to the geotechnical engineers and civil engineers who have examined the current site, building on the football field would require special government-issued permits, which could take three to four years, with a likely outcome of not receiving permission due to the floodplain. In addition to the floodplain, construction would require the district to manage the storm water runoff (water displaced by a new building), so as not to flood nearby homes and other structures.

Where will a new high school be built?

The Quaker Valley School Board and administration are working to find a piece of land big enough for the required space. The Pennsylvania Department of Education recommends 42 acres. The current high school site sits on 14 acres; not all of which is usable. Based on the floodplain, only 4.3 acres is usable for a building.

How are we going to pay for a new high school?

Communities that invest in youth prosper and the Quaker Valley School District community has a long history of investing in its facilities, including the elementary schools, the middle school, and over the course of many years, the Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District. Quality schools support quality education, which in turn impact home values and result in thriving communities. The board and administration of the Quaker Valley School District are sensitive to the potential economic impact a project of this magnitude could have on community stakeholders. The district will remain steadfast in its pursuit of creative and alternative revenue streams and cost savings, including but not limited to, public/private/higher education partnerships, looking to local and other foundations; and various other untapped funding sources. There are many factors that influence the ultimate cost of constructing a school facility. As the planning process unfolds and new information comes to light, the board and administration will be prepared to put forth actual cost estimates. The district has been working for several years in preparation to address the high school facility and continues to analyze the economic impact relative to debt as the district balances all resources needed for district operational needs, including maintenance of all school facilities.

Is the board considering a merger?

From time to time the topic of merging with another school district has arisen in the community and at the state level. At no time, past or present, has a merger been formally recommended or seriously pursued by the district. 

How can I share my thoughts?

There are many opportunities for community engagement including:

Drop-In Coffees at Crazy Mocha in Sewickley:

Friday, March 17   7:30-9:30 a.m.

Friday, March 24   7:30-9:30 a.m.

Friday, March 31   7:30-9:30 a.m

BrainSpaces, Inc. Drop-in sessions:

Monday, March 27: 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m.

Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District

Wednesday, March 29: 9-10:30 a.m. YMCA Community Activity Center

If you have additional questions about the HS facility please email communications@qvsd.org.

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Join Quaker Valley School District leaders to learn more about the Quaker Valley High School Project 

QVSD leaders will host a series of drop-in sessions each Friday in March at Crazy Mocha in Sewickley.

Friday, March 17: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Friday, March 24: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Friday, March 31: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Educational consultants from BrainSpaces, Inc. will be meeting with the QV community on Monday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 29. All are welcome to stop by and catch up on the latest work BrainSpaces, Inc. is conducting about the high school project. Drop-in sessions will be held:

Monday, March 27: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Sewickley Public Library

Wednesday, March 29: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Sewickley Valley YMCA Community Activity Center (The center is located in the far end of the Sewickley Valley YMCA's Upper Parking Lot)

Click here for more information about BrainSpaces, Inc.




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