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September 9th, 2014
In a followup discussion about board practices, members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors briefly discussed the topic during their latest work session.
SMASD solicitor Rick Brown was in attendance to answer any questions on the subject.
Twenty-year board member Pat Rezmerski read a statement noting her discontent with board practices.
Rezmerski began stating she has considered resigning within the past two months due to the things that go on in the board room.
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Two new communication systems were approved during Monday's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting.
A new district wide communication system will cost between $4,000 to $6,000. The board discussed the importance of upgrading its notification system following a prank shooting call which launched a massive response on Sept. 2.
This will replace the district's current eAlert system, at a cost of $1,200 per year, which notifies individuals via e-mail, text or both about school happenings such as emergency situations, cancellations and delays.
During Monday night's City Council work session, councilman Ned Jacob proposed that council start budgeting a certain amount of money to contribute to the City's 175th anniversary celebration, which will be in 2017.
Council member Sally Geyer objected to the use of taxpayer funds being used for a festival, citing the fact that no taxpayer money was used for the 125th or the 150th anniversary celebrations.
"I just don't think taxpayers should be footing the bill for festivals," Geyer said. "Taxpayers don't foot the bill for the Bavarian Fall Fest or fireworks."
Baseball may be over for the year, but Berwind Park is far from sitting idle.
However, instead of players being out on the field, a bulldozer was occupying the spot between third base and shortstop on Sunday evening, and the infield area had been torn up and reduced to more mud than grass.
Though it may not look very pretty at the moment, the work is all part of an effort to make necessary repairs to the ball field. Not only is the infield being re-crowned and new sod put in place, but efforts are also being undertaken to try to improve the drainage of water from the field.
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Plans are in the works for a new playground at Fox Township Elementary School. Planning committee members were on hand at a recent St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors workshop to present their proposal about their initiative.
With the overall cost of the project estimated at approximately $68,130, the committee estimates they can successfully raise $30,000 by the end of the 2014-15 school year.
The group has requested the school board consider assuming the balance of the remaining cost of fundraising of $38,130.
In anticipation of the upcoming Bavarian Fall Fest, which will be held from Sept. 19-21, the Bavarian Fall Festival Decorating Committee of Delphine Gerber, Kathy Reuscher, and Pam Fritz was hard at work over the weekend placing items such as cornstalks and hay bales around the Diamond and setting up a display of authentic German attire in the atrium at Northwest Savings Bank's downtown office.
According to Reuscher, the clothing currently on display at the bank is on loan from the Sacred Heart Social Committee, Pam and Tom Jesberger, and Dolly Wehler.
The Fox Township Supervisors unanimously agreed to participate in a partnership with Penn State University to investigate the potential liability associated with a roadside spring which has tested positive for two forms of bacteria.
As part of the agreement, the township would act as a client for Penn State law students who will provide free advice on any potential liability the township could face as a result of the contamination.
There will be no cost to the township as the students will be conducting legal research as a learning exercise.