State support for Wilkinsburg transition costs lauded by Gainey

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, welcomes Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent budget decision to direct $3 million in state education funding to Wilkinsburg School District as required for the transition of its high school students to Westinghouse High School in the Pittsburgh Public School District.

“In addition to thanking Governor Wolf for releasing the money, I would like to thank Senator Jay Costa and Representative Jake Wheatley for their diligence in making this funding possible,” Gainey said.

“This type of change is never easy. The decision to transition the Wilkinsburg students was not taken lightly and I commend the Wilkinsburg School Board and other officials for their commitment to ensuring that the students are the top priority throughout this entire process.”

Gainey said the transition was necessary because of declining enrollment, both through population trends and district children who are enrolled in charter schools.

The agreement between the school districts would close Wilkinsburg middle and high school at the end of this school year, sending more than 200 Wilkinsburg students in grades 7-12 to Westinghouse in Homewood on a tuition basis.