Impoverished Wilkinsburg looks to send students elsewhere

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WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An impoverished school district in the Pittsburgh suburbs is hoping a neighboring district will educate its seventh through 12th graders after next school year.

Acting Wilkinsburg School District Superintendent Dan Matsook told parents on Thursday night that the district is using $10 million to renovate its two elementary schools. But there are no plans to fix the middle/high school built in 1910 and last expanded in 1940 because the district has only 240 students in those grades.

Officials in the nearby Penn Hills and Woodland Hills districts have already refused to take Wilkinsburg's students. But the district hopes to place them somewhere by the 2016-2017 school year.

If that happens, Wilkinsburg will become the second poor Allegheny County school district to close its high school and send students elsewhere. Duquesne has done that since 2007.

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