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April 11th, 2014
The search continues for the next St. Marys Area School District Superintendent.
Recently the SMASD Board of Directors completed the initial screening phase of the search which entailed a selection process.
A total of 15 candidates initially applied for the position, none of whom were current staff members according to Robert Luchini, board president.
During the preliminary assessment the board reviewed every candidate's application documents and background research in order to determine how each applicant corresponds to the expected qualifications of the superintendent.
In celebrating their 65-year anniversary the St. Marys Rotary Club plans to continue to give back to the community by donating a large clock set to be displayed along the General Edward Meyer Boulevard in downtown St. Marys.
The $50,000 clock will stand 16 ft. high and is made of cast aluminum in a black finish with gold leaf highlights and brass clockworks. It designed in a Victorian theme which will complement the city's theme.
St. Marys City Council gave its unanimous approval of the project and to accept the clock as a gift to the community.
The annual Food for Fines program at the St. Marys Public Library will take place from Monday, April 14 through Saturday, April 19 in conjunction with National Library Week. A staple at the library over the past few years, the program allows patrons to bring in nonperishable food items for the Christian Food Bank and receive up to $1 off of their existing or new fines on overdue books or movies or have the fines completely eliminated if the book or movie is over two months overdue.
Two new principals positions are on the agenda for approval by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors during their upcoming Monday evening meeting.
Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary Principal Christine Kuhar will likely be transferred to the South St. Marys Street Elementary School principal position, which is being vacated following the retirement of current Principal Robert Grumley at the conclusion of the 2014 school year.
The St. Marys Area High School Flying Dutchmen mascot is a state champion in a roundabout way winning the first round of the USA TODAY High School Sports' Best Mascot, garnering the top votes out of seven Pennsylvania high school finalists.
SMAHS ranked second in the country in total votes with 7,684. The initial field of candidates began with 408 of America's top high school nicknames.
Votes may be cast by visiting the contest website at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/. The contest includes America's strangest, most interesting and just plain comical mascots.
The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.
At a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, Councilman Gary Anderson stated several residents who receive Social Security voiced their concern about the increase in their taxes.
Anderson emphasized the increase was through the county and not the city as the city's tax portion has not increased since 2011.
Greene said he will post a notice on the front doors of City Hall noting the increase was not implemented by the city.
RIDGWAY â€“Â A "Teal Ribbon Campaign" is in full swing this month as CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) aims to increase sexual assault awareness.
"We're targeting the younger population," said CAPSEA executive director Billie Jo Weyant. "We as adult community members need to spread more awareness."
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, area residents are able to purchase a paper "Teal Ribbon" at various locations for a $1 donation to CAPSEA.
SMETHPORT â€“ A Mt. Jewett couple accused in a nationally-publicized child-starving case have been sentenced to serve time in the McKean County Jail.
Senior Judge John Cleland of Kane sentenced Mark and Susan Hooper during a 33-minute proceeding Tuesday morning in McKean County Court.
Susan Hooper, 41, was given an aggregate sentence of nine months to 18 months in jail on charges of endangering the welfare of children.
Mark Hooper, 43, was sentenced to three to six months in jail for the same charge. He was granted "work release" status.
The Fox Township Supervisors voted on several items during their Tuesday evening meeting including making a counter proposal to a mining company and updating its oil and gas ordinance.
The supervisors approved a motion to offer a counter proposal to Amfire Mining Co., based out of Latrobe, who requested the township renew their agreement to continue to mine through Bennett Road. They are currently stripping through the road.