Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
The board approved a 2.5 percent increase for support staff, excluding cafeteria staff, for the 2011-12 school year.
Family legacy and family tradition resonate strongly with brothers Dale and Howard Lepovetsky, third-generation owners of Industrial Steel and Pipe Supply Company in St. Marys. The company, which sells various types of steel, plastics, piping and other products for commercial and retail use, is proudly celebrating its 75th year.
"It feels nice. It's still one of the very few small companies that's actually family-owned in the area," Howard said. "We thought it was quite a [mile]stone to celebrate."
Jay Township Supervisor Jeremy Rippey came under fire from a township resident during the supervisors' meeting Thursday evening for voting at a past meeting to approve fellow supervisor Francis Gustafson to a position on the Jay Township Water Authority when a township resident had also submitted a letter of interest in the position. Gustafson had also voted for himself at that time, providing the other necessary vote to allow him to fill the vacancy.
At a Jay Township Supervisors meeting earlier this year, remarks had been made that it was not appropriate for the township's three supervisors to hold a weekly work schedule meeting during the working hours of supervisor Murray Lilley, who also works for the township. The supervisors began holding the meetings after eliminating the township's roadmaster position, which Lilley had previously held. Lilley was then subsequently hired to fill a maintenance position with the township, with the supervisors as a group determining employees' work schedules.
According to Jay Township Supervisor Francis Gustafson, the township loses around $1,500 to $1,600 a year replacing stolen or damaged road signs.
"We just put new ones up on the hill and they're all busted," Gustafson said.
He asked his fellow supervisors Murray Lilley and Jeremy Rippey if they had any suggestions on how to combat the reoccurring problem.
School choice is currently a hot topic in the Pennsylvania State Legislature, according to Amy Hill, communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Hill was the main speaker at a news conference held Friday afternoon at DuBois Area Catholic School regarding Senate Bill 1.
"Senate Bill 1 is a good sort of stepping-off place when we're talking about school choice in Pennsylvania right now," Hill said. "The bill aims to increase the very successful Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which has been in existence for about 10 years now."
Two hundred twelve Elk County residents were inducted into the state's Voter Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Thursday in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria.
Kim Frey, director of the county's Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration, gave the opening remarks.
"These are the go-getters. They are the people who have shaped our community," Frey said of the Hall of Fame honorees, noting that she knows many of them personally because of their participation in the election process, both as voters and as volunteers. She also encouraged everyone to exercise their right to vote.
Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is a great ally to have in support of Senate Bill 1, according to DuBois Area Catholic School President Fr. Rick Tomasone. Currently under consideration, S.B. 1 is legislation that would both increase funding for the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship program and create Opportunity Scholarship Grants for students who meet specific income requirements to help offset the cost of tuition at the school of their choice. Scarnati is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Catholic schools in Pennsylvania provide education to over 7,000 students at 40 different locations, according to Erin Landini-Grogan, director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Erie.
Numerous business items were approved by the St. Marys Area School District school board during their recent meeting on Monday.
Among the items approved was a letter of agreement between the school district and Dickinson Mental Health Center for Family Based Mental Health (FBMH), a program used to develop and implement a cooperative relationship with the county's Children and Adolescent Service programs, providers, departments and school districts.