Archive - News Article
January 6th, 2012
During Thursday night's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information on the annual yearly progress report and explained how the district will adopt and meet new state standards and requirements related to curriculum and graduation.
"We are now transferring our instruction from the Pennsylvania standard [assessment] anchors that we were teaching to and now we're trying to transition over to the Keystone Exams," Kearney said.
The Fox Township Supervisors approved interim funding of $70,000 for the Fox Township Sewer Authority during their Tuesday meeting.
The money will be used to pay the $68,933 balance of the authority's Headworks project, which involved the creation of a pre-filtration system which helps to decrease the wear and tear on the plant.
St. Marys native Bill Parana is a busy man. Now living in the northwestern mountain area of Hendersonville, N.C., he holds down both a full-time and a part-time job and finds them both interesting, especially as they are quite different from each other.
Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors saw the presentation of the district's annual progress report. Superintendent Ann Kearney said in taking time to "reflect back on the accomplishments of these past twelve months, the community can stand proud of the school district's efforts to provide programs that embody the district's mission of 'empowering learners for the 21st century.'"
ST. MARYS â€“ A train rumbles through a mountain tunnel, steam pumping and its whistle alerting the nearby town to its presence. While it's a familiar sight to many area residents, this isn't a real scene but a creation known simply as "Tom's Trains," a train-focused exhibit on a large platform at the home of Tom Schloder on East Eschbach Road in St. Marys.
During Tuesday's City Council meeting, St. Marys resident Warren Stewart inquired about two issues regarding the demolition of the Dimitri building and the upkeep of the parking garage.
In reference to the empty lot on the corner of Center Street made vacant by the demolition of the Dimitri building, Greene said the only work remaining is for the gas company to cut off some of the pipes. He replied to Stewart's inquiry, stating that parking meter heads will be replaced on the street.
The Coaches vs. Cancer campaign at the recent Elk County Holiday Tournament was once again a success, with Roben Daghir, volunteer survivor for outreach and awareness, noting that the group doubled their donations from the previous year.
"At the time of the final count at St. Marys Area High School, we had $1,200," Daghir said. "I have heard from some of the coaches that they had donations given to them following the games. Those donations will be added to the $1,200 total."
A grant through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation has initiated an out-of-school youth program to be carried out by a collaboration with the Ridgway YMCA and the Elk County 4-H Program.
The 4-H program will open the door for Elk County children between the ages of eight and 18 years old to learn leadership, teamwork and other valuable skills that will encourage them to be proactive forces within the community.
According to 4-H Out-Of-School Programs Coordinator Jody Johnson, the program will focus on a variety of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] activities.
In Tuesday night's Jay Township reorganizational meeting, the appointments of John Schneider and Victoria Burlingame to the water authority by township supervisors caused some residents in attendance to question the appointment process and the supervisors in their decision.
Applicants for the two vacancies within the the water authority board included Maria Pirazzi, Wendy Bonanno, Martin Rosenfeld, John Schneider, and Victoria Burlingame.
The vacancies originated with Jim Huff and Fran Gustafson withdrawing their names from consideration.
St. Marys City Council's two newest members, Nedward Jacob and Gregory Gebauer, presided over their first official meeting on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, council was split in half as to how to fill the vacant seat on the council. The seat was vacated by Gwen Auman, who relocated her residential address outside the City of St. Marys.
Councilman Dan Hepner said that between Jacob and Gebauer, the two received 54 percent of the vote, with Auman coming in third. The fourth-place vote-getter was past council member Tom Farley, who received 22.5 percent of the vote.