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April 11th, 2011
Following discussion of proposing a .58 mill tax increase for next year, St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney will present a balanced budget next month which will include the proposed tax increase.
The SMASD Board of Directors gave their approval for the increase during their regular monthly meeting held Monday evening.
The 2011-2012 budget projects a deficit of $136,335 without a tax increase.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors voted unanimously to expel 13 students during their regular meeting held Monday evening.
Following the start of the meeting, a brief executive session was held to discuss student confidentiality matters. Three of the students were expelled permanently.
When questioned as to the nature of the large number of student expulsions, SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney said it was due to a violation of school policy.
In honor of National Library Week, the St. Marys Public Library will be running a Food for Fines program today through Saturday.
"Basically the idea of it is, to celebrate National Library Week, we like to do things that are going to make people aware of the library's role in the community and also to try and help somebody else out," said Scarlette Corbin, director of the St. Marys Public Library. "By doing that, we're encouraging patrons to pay off fines with food donations that will be given to the Christian Food Bank."
During their recent meeting, the Fox Township Supervisors approved several bids, correspondence items and discussed unfinished business.
While reviewing bids for equipment leases, supervisor Dave Mattiuz questioned why the township finds it necessary to rent equipment. He said that he found since January 2010, the township has spent $121,000 on equipment rentals.
Roadmaster and fellow supervisor Randy Gradizzi said a lot of the rentals are needed due to time constraints.
The third annual Heritage Gala Benefit dinner for the St. Marys Catholic Elementary and Middle schools was held Saturday at The Red Fern in Fox Township. This year's theme was "A Pearl of Great Value." The sea-themed decor was provided from the collection of Margaret Kaul and arranged by Paul Schneider.
While the potential move from the current 911 Center along Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township to the borough at the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility has raised questions, officials are insisting the move is a good one.
"With our move to the ITEC facility, it's obviously a good choice and a good move to make," said Michael A. McAllister, director of Elk County's emergency services office. "There is some skepticism out there in the public questioning why we have to move and we're being told that what we have is fine and that we don't need any of this."
The Bunny Hop, a 5K run/walk to raise money to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 23, with the event beginning and ending at Benzinger Park in St. Marys.
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation's website, the organization is the "world's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures."
The U.S. housing market, which has been in a slump for several years, is headed for a recovery-- once the employment picture brightens.
This is the forecast from Bob Berg, a State College resident who is an operating partner for Atlas Holdings, LLC and a founding member of the Resource Information Systems International (RISI).
Berg was the guest speaker Thursday at the Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum at the Kane Country Club.
A tax increase of .58 mills, equal to an additional $14.50 per year in real estate taxes, is being proposed by the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 school year. Currently a property owner with a $50,000 home is paying $794.50 per year for school real estate taxes. This would increase to $809 for next year.
Superintendent Ann Kearney provided several options to school board members Thursday evening during their monthly workshop, where she presented the district's preliminary budget for 2011-2012.
Businesses in Elk County should take note of a grant program offered through the PA Wilds Planning Team. The team is now accepting applications for its Business Signage Grant Program.
Now in its second year, the program is designed to help small businesses in the 12-county Wilds region improve the look of their storefronts, providing "curb appeal" that enhances the overall look of their communities and attracts customers.