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November 12th, 2010
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved several personnel issues at this monthâ€™s regular meeting.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation and pre-employment drug testing if applicable.
Three unpaid leaves of absences were approved.
Supplemental contracts were awarded to:
â€˘ Thomas Bussard, intramural wrestling coach, renewal at a rate of $500;
â€˘ Daniele Auman, new contract pool supervisor, at a rate of $15/hour, and Bennetts Valley Yearbook Advisor, renewal at a rate of $105;
U.S. Army Captain Nicholas Loudon of Brockway connected faces and names with the sacrifice made by past, present and deceased veterans as part of the annual St. Marys Area School District Veterans Day Program on Wednesday.
Area veterans were recognized for their service and sacrifice to our country as part of the annual Veterans Day Assembly Program held Wednesday afternoon at St. Marys Area High Schoolâ€™s Carpin Auditorium.
Students, faculty and staff from the high school and middle school gathered inside the auditorium to pay tribute to local veterans.
SMAHS Senior Mandy Gerarge acted as the eventâ€™s emcee. Following her introduction of the SMAHS band, which opened the program with a performance of â€śSilvercrest March,â€ť Gerarge reminded the audience of the purpose of Veterans Day.
At city council's most recent budget meeting, Tom Farley, St. Marys resident and former city councilman, addressed council members regarding a $1 million loan they recently approved for paving projects. Farley questioned whether council members would be able to lower the millage for the city's 2011 budget if they postponed the paving project.
Council members indicated they believe that many of the road issues need to be addressed now, or else their conditions will continue to deteriorate and it will end up costing more money to repair them in the future.
As previously approved by members of city council, the city's union employees and police are under contract to receive wage increases every year through 2012. Councilman Bob Roberts brought up this point on Monday evening as he argued in favor of allowing the city's 13 non-union management employees to receive a three percent wage increase in 2011.
Renovations have recently been completed at the Fox Township Community Building following a two-year-long project.
Fox Township Public Works Director Randy Gradizzi said the building underwent a complete remodel. Among those changes was the installation of a new metal roof, creation of a new fitness center, refurbishing of the gymâ€™s floor, installation of a new heating system, electrical work, new metal siding on the front and side of the building, new walls and landscaping.
Linda Thompson, a mental health program specialist with the Cameron/Elk County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program, is receiving the 2010 Homes Within Reach "Unsung Hero Award" from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at a conference in Harrisburg this week. The award is given to people who help prevent homelessness in their area.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved items ranging from student activities to bus stops during their Monday evening meeting.
Among the approved field trips were those to a DECA State Officer CDC Planning Meeting in Hershey taking place Dec. 1-3. DECA advisor Michelle Jackson will accompany one student on the trip. The Spanish studentsâ€™ trip to Peru in the summer of 2011 was approved, as was the St. Marys Area High Schoolâ€™s annual AP Economics class trip to New York City on March 10-11. Approximately 41 students are participating in the trip.
On Monday evening, the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors approved a motion to renovate the front of the high school. The project includes the replacement of all of the front exterior doors and every other window section, with the exception of those sections containing glass blocks.
The total cost of the project is $189,914, a significantly smaller amount compared to the previously quoted $284,000. Johnson Controls, Inc. will complete the work, along with KTH Architects.
Members of city council held their third and final budget meeting on Monday evening and were able to balance the city's 2011 budget. According to Carol Muhitch, city finance director, after the cutbacks made by council and city employees, the 2011 budget will contain around a $100 increase to residents' real estate property taxes.