Warren County School Board Approves Elementary School Closure

WARREN, Pa. – The central attendance area isn’t the only region losing an elementary school heading into the 2013-14 academic year.

As the result of a unanimous vote held late in the night after more than four hours of executive session, the Warren County School District Board of School Directors elected on to close Sheffield Elementary School and move those students to Allegheny Valley.

According to a resolution assigning Sheffield students to AVES, “the board has received sufficient evidence to verify that the students that are currently at the Sheffield Elementary School are capable of being reassigned to the Allegheny Valley Elementary School, the board has determined that it is in the best interest of the Warren County School District to reassign said students to the Allegheny Valley Elementary School at the commencement of the 2013-14 school year and until such time as the Sheffield K-12 Renovations and Additions Project is completed.”

Once renovations are complete, students in all grade levels will attend the Sheffield K-12 building.

A project update report prepared for committee meetings on Monday, that were ultimately canceled due to severe weather, indicate that the project should be completed in May 2014.

The text of the motion presented to the board cited four reasons for the closure, including “declining enrollment within the district … the increased budgetary constraints being placed on the district as a result of a decrease in both state funding and local revenue sources, in order to create financial savings, and in order to implement the September 2008 Warren County School District Master Facilities Plan.”

The effective date of the closure is set for Aug. 23, allowing sufficient time for the district to meet all obligations necessary to close the school, including notification of employees.

A presentation given to the board on Monday night and available on the school district website indicates an expected savings of $200,000.