PITTSBURGH - Officials with the Wilkinsburg School District and Pittsburgh Public School District are in talks to negotiate a plan that would send Wilkinsburg students to Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 Academy beginning with the 2016-17 school years.
The Wilkinsburg district announced recently that, because of low enrollment, it cannot provide a quality education to students anymore in grades 7-12.
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On Wednesday, the school boards for both districts were updated on the status of negotiations that would have Wilkinsburg students attend the Westinghouse academy.
"After learning of the challenges facing the Wilkinsburg School District, and out of care and concern for its students, we felt it was our responsibility as educators to determine if we could create a cross-district partnership that serves both districts well and provides a better educational program for Wilkinsburg's seventh through twelfth grade students," said Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane in a statement.
The plan has generated a positive reaction from Wilkinsburg officials too.
"We are grateful for the willingness of the Pittsburgh Public Schools to work with us to create a plan to serve Wilkinsburg's students. We feel confident that today's proposal creates a win-win for both districts,” said Wilkinsburg education consultant Dan Matsook.
Both school boards would have to approve the plan before it would be final.
There is currently no timeline on when that might happen.