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Date to move Allegheny Valley students from Colfax to Acmetonia still undecided

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Allegheny Valley School District officials still are undecided on whether students will start next school year at Colfax Upper Elementary School or be moved into the expanded Acmetonia Primary School.

Officials this week approved the 2018-19 school calendar, which has school starting Aug. 27 and ending June 7. Graduation will be June 7.

The calendar includes an extended winter break.

The extra days off will allow the district to move equipment into Acmetonia during the break in case students have to start the school year at Colfax while the $13 million Acmetonia renovation is completed.

Closing Colfax follows years of discussion, study and debate as board members struggled with a decision on whether to close the aging school.

The Acmetonia project has been behind schedule for the last few months after a harsh winter and other unexpected building issues delayed workers.

District spokeswoman Jan Zastawniak said some parts of the project are further ahead than others.

She said the most recent estimates given by contractors have the classrooms finished by the end of August, the two computer labs and two music rooms done by late September or early October, the gym finished by early October and the kitchen and cafeteria finished by the end of October.

“Those end times are estimates, and the estimates change on a rolling basis,” she said.

Zastawniak said the biggest concern is having the gym and the cafeterias finished before students are moved because there might not be enough room for the extra 200 students to eat or have recess.

The board, which normally doesn’t meet in July, has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. July 9 to discuss the renovation and any other business that may come up.

The changes will leave the district with two buildings. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will attend Acmetonia, and grades seven through 12 will attend Springdale Junior-Senior High School.

The school district’s enrollment next year is expected to be 934 students.

The school board also voted to formally change the name from Acmetonia Primary School to Acmetonia Elementary School.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680.

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