The Mt. Lebanon school board last night voted 5-3 to create a community advisory committee to review the current design plan and provide recommendations to the board for the $112 million high school renovation project.
Board members Elaine Cappucci, Susan Rose, and Josephine Posti dissented. Faith Ann Stipanovich was absent.
Note the vote breakdown:
Voting for the Advisory Committee:
Remely (up for re-election)
Silhol (up for re-election)
Fraasch (not up for re-election)
Kubit (not up for re-election)
Hart (not running for re-election)
Voting against the Advisory Committee:
Cappucci (not up for re-election)
Rose (not up for re-election)
Posti (up for re-election)
I, for one, do not understand the opposition to this proposal. I am not and have never been opposed to improving the quality of the high school facility, and from the beginning I have argued that a new building or a full-scale renovation might be appropriate -- at a reasonable cost, and considering the District's other priorities and resources. For nearly a year I have been disappointed at the divisiveness that the planning process has brought to the community. An Advisory Board represents an opportunity both to make the project better, and to make it a true community enterprise.