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Board of Trustees

  • Karen Lukacsena (President)
  • Robert Conroy (Vice President)
  • Alesia Pascone (Secretary)
  • Anthony Sciullo (Treasurer)
  • Terry Connor (Member)
  • Joyce Davis (Member)
  • Pam St. John(Member)
  • Barbara Bain
  • Gregory Erosenko
  • Amanda Jackson
  • Deborah Leggens
  • Lucianna Randall
  • June Schultz
  • Dr. Ralph Wilps Jr.
  • Robert Wratcher

 

Our History

1997:

  • ■ Co-founders began the Charter School planning discussions.
  • ■ Awarded PA Department of Education charter school planning Grant.

1999:

  • ■ Charter Application presented to Gateway School District.
  • ■ Year Founded. Gateway School Board approved charter for 5 years.
  • ■ The 1st charter school of its kind in the nation.
  • ■ Co-founders awarded grants from Edith L. Trees & Pittsburgh Foundation.

2000:

  • ■ Rented and moved into a small building on Old Wm. Penn Hwy, Monroeville
  • ■ 1st day of school,09.05.00, max. enrollment of 24 students, ages 14 to 21.

2002:

  • ■ Leased & moved into a larger building on Northern Pike, Monroeville.

2003:

  • ■ Received approval from the Gateway School Board to lower eligibility entrance age from 14 to 13 years old.

2004:

  • ■ Gateway School Board grants request to increase student enrollment to 32 and the charter is renewed for 5 more years.

2005:

  • ■ Received a 2-Year PA Dept. of Education Special Education Performance Grant; "Transition to Community-based Employment"
  • ■ Featured on NBC's Today Show as part of their autism 10 part series.

2008:

  • ■ PA Dept. of Public Welfare Bureau of Autism awards Spectrum a 2-year Grant;"Transition to Community-based Employment.

2009:

  • ■ WTAE news crew videotape Spectrum students working with the Keepon Robot.
  • ■ Purchased 3.9 acres, including the school building & The Autism Society of Pittsburgh Office Building.

2011:

  • ■ Board of Trustees approved the motion to move forward with the renovation & expansion project.

2012:

  • ■ Chosen to participate in the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh's Green Schools Academy's Sustainability Culture Program.
  • ■ Students have volunteered an estimated 12,000 hours in the community since 2000.
  • ■ Full enrollment and a waiting list.