Kerr Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony – July 10

The Kerr Elementary School groundbreaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 4 p.m. The event will include Fox Chapel Area School District administrators and School Board members, as well as representatives from Kerr Elementary School and upcoming, current, and former Kerr School attendees.

A brand-new Kerr will be constructed on the current Kerr property and site work has already begun on the lower field (the current playground). By the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, foundations and footers should be complete and the structure will begin to take shape. Construction will continue throughout the school year.

“Kerr Elementary School has a very long and proud history of serving our community for more than 90 years,” said Principal Paul Noro, Ed.D. “While this remarkable educational structure has given our students, parents, staff, and community countless precious and cherished moments over those years, the new Kerr will bring our students innovative educational opportunities and memories for generations to come.”   

In recent months, the Board of School Directors hired the architectural firm of Canzian/Johnston Associates, LLC, to work with district officials to design and plan for the construction. Thomas & Williamson Program Management is serving as the project manager. Bids for the project were awarded by the School Board in June.

The new construction will provide critical updates to Kerr, and will include several innovative features. Centrally located in the new building will be a collaboratory space that includes a large area where students will gather to work on projects, conduct research, collaborate, and plan. There will be a makerspace, a SMALLab learning space, and a computer science robotics lab, in addition to a “traditional” library. The new Kerr will include space for a language immersion program in which classes will be taught in both English and Spanish and will be open to students across the district. There will also be space for a prekindergarten classroom, along with the Creativity and Literacy Program.

It is anticipated the total cost of the new Kerr Elementary School will be approximately $21 million, and its completion is scheduled for the fall of 2019.

The ceremony will be held on the lower field (the current playground) at Kerr Elementary School. The school is located at 341 Kittanning Pike in O’Hara Township.