Penn Hills charter school seeks second location |

Penn Hills charter school seeks second location

Imagine Penn Hills Charter School took its first step toward expanding into a new school building next year.

The board of the Penn Hills-based charter school Thursday night unanimously approved a motion to submit a letter of intent to rent a former school building at 10700 Frankstown Road.

“We are ecstatic that this is moving forward,” board President Bernice Martin said.

The building is owned by Technology Properties 1, which has a Fort Worth, Texas, mailing address.

If the move is approved by the Penn Hills School District, board member Carly Campbell said the Frankstown Road building would be home to third, fourth and fifth graders as well as the school’s first sixth-grade class by the beginning of next school year. Kindergarten through second graders would remain at the current location on Penn School Road in Penn Hills.

Imagine had previously expressed interest in buying a building on Universal Road, but officials were hesitant due to a pending Supreme Court case in Pennsylvania that will determine the legality of a suburban charter school having multiple locations in one municipality.

“We need to move forward and do what’s best for our students,” Martin said. “I think this is going to be amazing. It will boost enrollment and be good for families already here.”

Wayne Jones, operations director for Imagine Penn Hills, said the next step is to get the proposal before the Penn Hills School Board, which will determine if the building would be a secure place for students.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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