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Meeting Monday to outline McKnight Elementary construction plans

Tony LaRussa
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This is an artist's conception of how the outside of McKnight Elementary will appear when renovations are completed.
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The current entrance to McKnight Elementary school will be changed as part of a renovation and expansion project scheduled for next year by the North Allegheny School District.

North Allegheny School District residents with school-age children in the McKnight Elementary School attendance area can learn more about the planned expansion of the school during a meeting on Monday evening.

The Feb. 11 meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school, which is located at 500 Cumberland Road in McCandless.

District officials will outline details of the project as well as the time-line for construction. Residents also will be able to view the preliminary designs and comment on the proposal.

Plans for work at McKnight Elementary include major changes to the site including reconfiguration of the area where parents drop off and pick up children, the addition of a canopy over the main entrance and relocation of play areas to make room for a 5,400-square-foot addition to house art classrooms.

The building, which has not had any major remodeling since 1999, also is scheduled to undergo significant renovation.

The district has budgeted $18.2 million for the work at McKnight. Final costs for the project are still being developed.

The district is scheduled to open bids for the project on Feb. 20. The school board is planning to vote on awarding construction contracts at its Feb. 27 meeting.

District officials also are working on plans to expand and renovate Franklin Elementary School to handle projected increases in enrollment during the next several years.

When completed, the estimated $30 million addition and renovation project will nearly double the size of the building from its current capacity of 525 students to about 900 pupils.

Work on both buildings is scheduled to begin at the end of the current school year and be completed by the start of the 2020 school year.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or [email protected] or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.