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November 17th, 2014
Among the latest personnel changes approved by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors are new hires of school drivers, support personnel, awarding of numerous supplemental contracts, a resignation, leaves of absences and transfer of support personnel.
Luke Shofestall was approved as a long-term substitute teacher at SMAHS, effective Nov. 11. He holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University and is certified in social studies.
The following professional substitute personnel were hired:
St. Marys Area School District administrators will now receive a monthly stipend toward their cellphone bill as approved by the school board of directors.
When questioned if administrators would prefer a district-issued cellphone or receive a stipend for their personal phone for district communication and emergencies, a majority of them chose the stipend which was approved at $50 a month, totaling $600 for the year. The stipend will be paid annually in December.
Administrators will also receive a one-time upgrade stipend of $100.
RIDGWAY â€“ Randy Baloga, a United States Marine Corps veteran (1971-1977) recently added a portion of his 1:6 scale model soldier collection to the display case welcoming residents to the Elk County Courthouse Annex along Center Street in Ridgway.
"I'm a veteran and I've been coming to the Courthouse Annex for several years now," Sergeant Baloga said. "In the past years this display window has been the same and I thought it might be nice to do something different."
The seeds for such a collection were planted 50 years ago as Baloga had quite a few Hasbro toys around 1964.
The St. Marys Area School District board of school directors recently approved a variety of items ranging from an employee savings plan to an update to its field trip policy.
An amendment to the district's 403(b) plan now will allow Roth 403(b) employee-only contributions according to the established eligibility criteria and the investments, exchanges, transfers and distributions options.
"These are a unique savings opportunity for employees," said SMASD Business Manager Ginger Williams. "It is an opportunity to diversify."
EMPORIUM â€“ Representatives from Seneca Resources invited four University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students to tour one of their rigs in Emporium to show the realities of working and living on a drilling rig.
The four students, who were all enrolled in the petroleum technology program at UPB, were able to use the tour to transition their knowledge from books to real life while learning about future employment opportunities that may be available to them.
No new taxes. At least that is what is anticipated in the 2015 budget for the City of St. Marys.
St. Marys City Council recently conducted several budget workshops. The results of those workshops will be discussed during a budget presentation Monday evening during their meeting.
Next year's budget proposal stands at $7.5 million, a $1.4 million increase from last year's $7.2 million.
Of this is $1 million through a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan for street construction for next year, which City Manager Dave Greene initially announced in August.
St. Marys Rotary Club members on Tuesday morning gathered on the Boulevard for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new clock project.
Dubbed the "Gift of time for all time," construction will begin next week as the foundation will be poured.
Rubik's cube, green plastic soldiers, and bubbles in Toy Hall of Fame
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.
RIDGWAY â€“ A jury found Dayon Deche McCracken, 24, of Reading, guilty on all charges in a kidnapping incident that occurred on April 27.
"He told me that he could kill me and that no one would find my body," the victim, Rachael Imdorf, said in court Thursday. "I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to die that day. He was terrifying."
The 2014 Veterans Day Assembly was held at St. Marys Area High School Wednesday as they paid tribute to area veterans, many of whom were seated onstage as the school's honored guests.
Following the posting of the colors by the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail, SMAHS senior Marlea Winslow, acting as the mistress of ceremonies, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the playing of the national anthem by the SMAHS Concert Band.
Fellow seniors Diego Araujo recited a letter "An American Soldier" and Danielle Holthauser read the Presidential Proclamation of Veterans Day.