Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Property taxes will not be raised for residents of the St. Marys Area School District for the 2012 - 2013 fiscal year, according to SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney.
At Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Kearney said the district will be able to continue reducing property taxes for the 2012-2013 school year as a result of the distribution of state gaming funds through the Taxpayer Relief Act, also known as Special Session Act 1 of 2006.
In an effort to bridge the gap between school and career preparation, the St. Marys Area High School continues to offer a unique opportunity as part of its Technical Preparation Career Center, which allows students to utilize cooperative education through the Co-op School-to-Career program.
Recently, both students and participating employers were recognized for their efforts during the schoolâ€™s annual Co-Op School-To-Work banquet held at the Red Fern.
ST. MARYS - The Elk County Rural Reading Project is hosting a special movie night kickoff event Friday evening at South St. Marys Street Elementary School in an effort to collect 600 new books as part of the program's inaugural book drive event.
RIDGWAY â€“ Matt Marusiak of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gave a special presentation on source water protection and conservation easements at Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
Marusiak, a land protection specialist for the conservancy, has an office in Ridgway and a territory that covers the entire 12-county region of the PA Wilds. He has a degree in petrochemical engineering and has worked on the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and for the planning department of Elk County.
OX TWP. â€“Â Area residents now have a more convenient way of redeeming their Giant Eagle fuelperks! as the chain opened one of three new GetGo locations today in Fox Township. GetGo is located at the former site of Country Fair along the Million Dollar Highway across from Wal-Mart.
According to a press release issued on Monday by Giant Eagle, the location is one of three new GetGo convenience stores and fueling stations opening today. The other two locations are in Brookville and Titusville.
Participants in this year's middle school World Studies Club's field trip to Wallops Island spoke before the St. Marys Area School Board of Directors at their recent meeting about the importance and positive impact of the annual outing.
SMAMS Guidance Counselor Kate McGonnell began by showing the board members a slide show of photos taken during the trip.
"The school board needs to see what happens on this trip because you approve it," she said.
St. Marys City Council recently approved a hazard mitigation plan, making the city eligible for emergency funding if the area should encounter a natural or manmade disaster.
"In the event there would be a natural disaster in St. Marys, in order for the city to be eligible for PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) or FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funds, the city has to have this ordinance/resolution in place," explained St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene. "If a disaster was declared, no matter what type, the city will be eligible for funding."
Market Street in downtown St. Marys was transformed into a dragstrip Saturday, with modified outhouses hurtling from one end to the other all as part of a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis (MS).
The third annual "Kick the Crap out of MS Outrageous Outhouse Race" saw seven teams competing. Cheered on by the throng of onlookers, the teams raced their mobile commodes two at a time from the north end of the street down to the checkered flag. This year's grand champion team was the "Thirsty Thursday Crew" made up of Bill McMillan, Justin Brem, and Luke Fritz.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.
Chapter Championships proved to be a successful endeavor for the 2012 indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools. A standing-room-only crowd gathered inside the SMA gymnasium and witnessed both the ECC and SMA colorguards finish their regular season undefeated and be crowned Chapter 11 Champions. Also named Chapter Champs were the SMA dance team and drumline as well as the ECC drumline, which brought home a close second-place finish.
Forty-two groups of percussion, colorguard, dance and baton twirlers competed in the 2012 championships.