Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information pertaining to various statistics inside the Superintendent Annual Report.
Entitled "Second Year...Changes and Challenges," the report will soon be available for viewing online at www.smasd.org.
"I've learned a lot in the past 18 months," Kearney said. "I think we've accomplished a lot this year."
Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year has decreased by 40 students in comparison from last year. This marks the lowest the district's enrollment has ever been since 1969.
The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting on Friday morning to clarify decisions that were made at their reorganizational meeting early in the week, particularly the decision to eliminate the township's roadmaster position.
It was announced that all three supervisors will now work together to set up a work schedule for the township's road crew. The supervisors were unsure if this would be done on a monthly basis at their regular meetings or if they would be able to do it weekly.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney acknowledged the SMASD Board of School Directors during Thursday evening's workshop in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.
Students from various schools throughout the district created a large homemade book for each school board member. They also received a glass globe with a light inside, as well as a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in recognition of their service to the district.
"I hope you keep the light of knowledge going," Kearney said. "We appreciate all of your time and effort."
On Monday evening, several residents from Wilson Road came before city council to voice their side of an issue that ultimately boils down to the close proximity between the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.
The Fox Township Supervisors briefly addressed the possibility of amending the township's zoning ordinance to address windmills and gas drilling wells.
They discussed holding a work session to obtain public input on the issue.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said that many of the entities involved must come before the board to obtain a conditional use permit. It is at that time that the township can establish specific property setbacks.
"We need to get rolling on this. It's needed," Gradizzi said.
The second and final public hearing for the solicitation of public comments concerning projects funded through the money the city receives from its 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application was held earlier this week, though no one other than mayor Sally Geyer posed any questions to Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator.
Elk Regional Health Center remains on target in regard to mortality and re-admission rates, according to a recently released report issued by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). The report examines hospital outcomes for the previous calendar year.
The Elk County Commissioners announced during Tuesday morning's meeting that they will be placing a 20-gallon soup kettle up for donation.
â€śIt is not the conventional kettle,â€ť said commissioner Dan Freeburg. â€śIt's a free-standing unit with a gas burner beneath it; it's a self-heating unit like you would see in an industrial kitchen and it had a value of over $2,000 when it was new and it actually has not been used at all, maybe one time.â€ť
The soup kettle has been stored in the Elk County Prison for a number of years and was at one time put up for bid.
State Rep. Matt Gabler, R-Elk/Clearfield, was sworn in for his second term representing the 75th Legislative District in the state House at a ceremony held at the Capitol Tuesday.
Gabler, who was re-elected by a significant majority in the November election, said he will continue to focus on fiscal accountability and smart government spending as legislative priorities during his sophomore term.
"What I think is that there's an opportunity to use the money we have more efficiently," Gabler said. "It's got to be a question of priorities."
For state Rep. Matt Gabler, the past two years have been educational, interesting, and sometimes frustrating.
During his first term representing the 75th Legislative District in the state House, the 27-year-old Republican said he learned a great deal about representing the people who elected him.
"When an individual citizen speaks, you just represent yourself. When a legislator speaks, he has to do a lot more research because he represents so many people. I think that's what makes this job so fascinating," Gabler said.