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Upper St. Clair’s Goddard School set to open by summer

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| Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:15 p.m

A new Goddard School in Upper St. Clair should be open by June — if weather allows the foundation slab to be poured by the end of this year, its owners said.

Bob and Lori Santo, owners of the Goddard School franchise in Peters since 2007, are building another school — the region’s sixth — off Painter’s Run Road in Upper St. Clair. Students are signing up, and the school is planning for a summer opening, though Bob Santo said the slab was the only thing that could be affected by the weather.

“Hopefully, if we can hit that milestone, the weather won’t impact us too much for the rest,” he said. “The framing can happen in the (winter) weather, the roof may be only slightly affected, portable heaters can make the rest possible… The critical thing is the slab.”

Once complete, the preschool will host a total of about 200 students, though there will be fewer there at any given time since some will be part-time. There will be 25 to 30 teachers and staff, Bob Santo said, with some transferring from the Peters location to train employees.

The building will be larger than the Peters location, with 10 classrooms instead of nine and a gymnasium in addition to its playground.

Lori Santo said the school is actively enrolling, and hadn’t filled up yet. The Peters location had been at capacity.

Tuition at the school will range from $278 to $346 a week for five days of preschool, although it could cost less depending on the child’s age or whether they attend fewer than five days a week, Bob Santo said.

The King of Prussia-based Goddard program emphasizes the accreditation required of its teachers and curriculum that emphasizes development through fun activities. Schools are owned by franchisees like the Santos.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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