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March 11th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
In a 5-3 vote the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the Intermediate Unit Nine's (IU9) budget. Next year SMASD will contribute $162,688 to the IU9 budget which is an increase of $16,731 from the 2014-15 budget. This amount is determined by a formula established by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE).
"We were hoping for possibly a different calculation as to how it's determined that we pay our share because St. Marys consistently pays the lion's share of that budget and we just don't think that's fair," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president.
Police and an ambulance crew were on scene at an accident that occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of South St. Marys Street and Mill Street in the midst of road construction.
A light dusting Saturday night extended a winter season that already featured sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall throughout the area.
After relatively normal numbers from October to December, the area received roughly 22 inches of snowfall in January, exceeding an average which is reportedly around 19 inches within the past 30 years, according to weatherdb.com.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual dinner, "A Night with the Stars," on Saturday, April 5 at The Highlands (formerly the St. Marys Country Club).
The Chamber has been holding their annual dinners for over 25 years, and according to Ashley O'Dell, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator, this year's event will feature a red carpet theme with paparazzi taking attendees' photographs as they arrive. There is no dress code for the event though, O'Dell stressed.
Latin may be referred to by some as a "dead language," but that is not the case at Elk County Catholic High School.
After a hiatus of several years, the school once again began offering Latin courses a few years ago under the direction of Janet VanEerden. VanEerden currently teaches Latin II, while Fr. Ross Miceli, ECCHS Campus Minister, teaches Latin I.
"We have 22 kids in Latin I, so it's a pretty big class," Miceli said.
Complete with his helmet, supplies, and U.S. Army attire, Mitchell Sanderson looks every bit the part of a World War II medic from Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division.
A sophomore at St. Marys Area High School and a member of the school's German Club, Sanderson is a World War II reenactor whose interest in the hobby was sparked several years ago as he began attending reenactments in which his father was participating.
FOX TWP. â€“ A proposal to save township money through increased monitoring of overtime generated strong disagreement among Fox Township supervisors at Wednesday night's meeting.
This week is National Foreign Language Week, and St. Marys Area High School hosted its third annual Foreign Language Day this past Friday, with around 125 foreign language students from five area high schools - Brockway, Clearfield, Johnsonburg, Kane, and Elk County Catholic - taking part in the event.
Christa Wensel, St. Marys Area Spanish teacher and Spanish Club Advisor, explained that while this marked the school's third year of hosting the event, it originally got its start in Kane.
RIDGWAY â€“ Renovations to an existing office within the Elk County Courthouse will cost over $115,000, according to bids opened Tuesday morning.
The project will renovate the existing tax claims and tax assessment office currently located in the Elk County Courthouse along Main Street in downtown Ridgway. This office is the new home of the countyâ€™s domestic relations office, which will transition into the courthouse.