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October 13th, 2014

New SMAHS club encourages community service

October 13, 2014

Students at St. Marys Area High School now have a new way to get involved in the community. On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors unanimously approved the creation of a Pay It Forward/Student United Way club.
According to Jason Schreiber, the club's advisor who is also a teacher and coach at the high school, the idea for the club came about during the 2013-2014 school year when then principal Dr. Josh Williams was contacted by a representative of the United Way.

Library holding Pumpkin Decorating Contest

October 13, 2014

With Halloween only a few weeks away, the St. Marys Public Library is holding a Pumpkin Decorating Contest open to individuals of all ages. The decorating event will be held at the library tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m., though individuals can also decorate their pumpkins at home and bring them to the library.
All participants are asked to provide their own pumpkin, and each entry should be decorated based on the theme of a book of the entrant's choice.

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

October 13, 2014

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to diligently watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days (AP)

October 12th

Pre-K Counts funding two local programs

October 12, 2014

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.

October 10th

Title 1 tutors wages, hours reviewed by school board

October 10, 2014

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 pumpkin enters giant competition

October 10, 2014

ST. MARYS – 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.

VIDEO: Best Seasonal Produce for Fall

October 10, 2014

VIDEO: Best Seasonal Produce for Fall
Summer may be over, but there are a few flavorful fruits and veggies that may get
you excited for the Fall season! Krystin Goodwin (@Krystingoodwin) has a few of the
best harvested produce to inspire you to get cooking this season!

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October 9th

Fox playground sees significant savings

October 9, 2014

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.

New lights proposed for middle school gym

October 9, 2014

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.

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