Archive - 2014 - News Article
St. Marys Area School District will soon offer two pre-kindergarten programs as a result of $9.8 million in early education funding released by Governor Tom Corbett.
South St. Marys Street and Fox Township Elementary schools will host the classes, with 17 students each.
The programs will be offered through Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., based in Philipsburg, which received $265,472 in funding.
Pre-K Counts is a program which provides families with pre-kindergarten educational program choices offered in a school, child care center, Head Start or nursery school.
The wages and hours of Title 1 tutors was brought to the attention of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors during their latest workshop.
"Somewhere between cafeteria monitors and custodians are Title 1 tutors and it just seems to me that's out of balance," said Matt Quesenberry, school board member. "I was just curious how it is that we arrived at that per hour wage and if we feel that's compatible with the responsibilities that we expect of those people."
Currently custodians wages start at $10/hour whereas tutors make $9/hour
ST. MARYS â€“ Jeff Beimel, an engineer from St. Marys, tried his hand at being a farmer when he set out to grow a giant pumpkin that he would be able to enter into an annual competition for giant pumpkins in Altoona.
This year, Beimel was able to fulfill his goal after he grew a pumpkin large enough to enter into the competition in just his second year attempting to do so.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Beimel, his pumpkin and multiple members of "Team Beimel" traveled to Altoona to have the pumpkin weighed at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association's annual weigh-in.
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A savings of $20,000 is in store for the Fox Township Elementary School playground project as reported during Thursday evening's St. Marys Area School District board of directors workshop meeting.
Superintendent Brian Toth said the project budget is now considerably less than the district first anticipated at a cost of approximately $68,130. In September, the board approved contributing $38,130 to the project, equal to 55 percent of its funding.
The new project total is $39,000.
The savings is due to a decrease in equipment pricing.
The St. Marys Area Middle School gymnasium's future is bright pending approval of new LED lights.
At a cost of $10,070 the new system includes 42 lights which would replace the gym's current fluorescent lights.
The new LED lights only have to be replaced between every five to 15 years depending on use.
Dan Elder, an Aramark employee with the district, explained each year they replace 100 lamps at a cost of $500. It takes two workers two days working a total of 32 hours to complete the project.
RIDGWAY â€“ Thomas Pontzer announces that he is excited with the addition of a completely new business now utilizing one half of his downstairs main floor commercial space. 3 Geek Computers, LLC is now open at Pontzer's PEP Products place in the center of Main Street.
The owners, who each have vast experience in all the aspects of the computer business are Steve Latcovich of Ridgway, and Mike Mertz and Thomas Schreiber, both of St. Marys.
In response to a growing Marcellus Shale presence in the St. Marys, City Council has proposed tighter restrictions in its draft oil and gas zoning ordinance.
Under the direction of council, city solicitor Tom Wagner drafted the ordinance to which he presented updated changes to during council's Monday evening work session.
The action on the ordinance is due to growing Marcellus Shale activity within the region, specifically that of Seneca Resources as they increase their efforts within the city to establish at least three well pads.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Thanks to funding from the Elk County Commissioners and the Johnsonburg Borough, the community building in Johnsonburg received new doors and the Johnson Run Bridge received needed repairs, after flooding in May caused severe damage and left the bridge unsafe.
The county commissioners approved two separate grant requests to help fund the community improvement projects, one through their Act 13 fund, and the other from Elk County's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).
Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, a U.S. Marine and Ridgway native, is presumed dead after efforts to rescue him have proven unsuccessful.
Marine Corps officials called off the search Monday after Clancy vanished in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian.
The search covered 1,700 square nautical miles but the military reportedly found no sign of the missing Marine. Inclement weather further shortened the search.