Penn Hills School District to sell sealed school, reserve – Tribune

November 2, 2015 - School Supplies

Penn Hills School District is unloading a shuttered Forbes Elementary School and offering apparatus as leaders find ways to boost revenue.

Connect Four STEM Academy, a preschool in Penn Hills, entered into a sales agreement to buy a building for $275,000.

The district “continues to demeanour for ways to beget revenue,� pronounced Superintendent Nancy Hines, though “is also meddlesome in some-more fit operations.�

The sale, authorized by a house Oct. 26, will need capitulation by Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to safeguard it is satisfactory and reasonable.

Connect Four skeleton to use a building to enhance a program, that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, owners Alexis Niles said. The preschool is on Frankstown Road.

“We’re beholden and really beholden that a district offering us Forbes,â€� Niles said.

Connect Four primarily approached a district with seductiveness in shopping a former library building on Aster Street. The house authorized a $100,000 sales agreement for a library building Aug. 24, though a sale did not go by since of concerns about a building’s condition, she said.

Connect Four after done a grave offer for Forbes. Although a building was not listed for sale and a district had declined letters of seductiveness from Imagine Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, Hines said, administrators presented a offer to a board, that authorized it.

Forbes Elementary, as good as Washington and Penn Hebron elementaries, sealed in Jun 2014 when a 3 schools combined into Penn Hills Elementary.

In May, a house concluded to lease bedrooms in a sealed Washington Elementary School to a Allegheny Intermediate Unit and sole a Penn Hebron building to a municipality for $250,000.

The efforts to sell or lease new space occurred a month after a district announced that it had overspent by about $9 million dual years in a row. The district borrowed $18 million to compensate for day-to-day expenses.

The district announced skeleton to auction aged propagandize reserve Saturday. The auction is a outcome of a district’s new register system. Until final year, a district had no register complement in place, Hines said.

“Once we could accurately list what hasn’t been used in years or even during all, we motionless to pierce brazen with a auction,â€� she said.

Items such as generators, tables, desks, cabinets and chairs, as good as apparatus such as a automobile jack, an automotive upholstery sewing machine, a sewage pump, atmosphere compressors and a energy washer will be adult for auction. A list of equipment can be found during

Hines pronounced she can't theory how most income a auction competence beget for a district.

The auction will start during 8 a.m. during a district’s train garage during 7035 Saltsburg Road and during 10 a.m. during Forbes Elementary School during 5785 Saltsburg Road.

Winning bidders will compensate a 10 percent elect to a auction company.

Hines pronounced a auction will be hold during no cost to a district.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Kelsey Shea is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her during 412-320-7845 or

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