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Kearney offers comments on various topics

May 24, 2011

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney gave a number of updates during the May school board meeting. Daily Press file photo.

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided numerous program and maintenance updates, as well as congratulatory comments, during this month's school board meeting.
A concert was held recently at the high school, with proceeds benefitting the Chris Forster Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students raised $800 for the fund. Kearney said she appreciated the work of Zak Brenniman, Evan Gerg and Ben Schneider for their musical entertainment at the event.
Kearney also noted the success of the National Honor Society event, the achievements of the school's indoor colorguard, drumline and dance teams at Wildwood and the middle school spring concert.
She also recently attended musicals at Fox Township and South St. Marys Street Elementary.
"I would like to thank our music, art, librarians, physical education and classroom teachers for the work they do to make these students stars for the day! Both musicals had many lessons within the scripts. The message I liked best was 'students, listen to your parents"', Kearney said.
SMAHS senior Jenna Rhodes' poem will appear in The Apprentice Writer, a publication through Susquehanna University. Kearney added this publication is not easy to get into and commended Rhodes for her achievement. She said teacher Nancy Gerber instills the love of poetry in her students.
Throughout May, several field trips are scheduled which Kearney said "will engage students in the real world, connecting their academics with actual people and places." She cited the example of the eighth grade class traveling to Gettysburg as part of their overnight field trip.
Results of the Keystone Exams will be available June 10. Other tests which were recently conducted were the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) and NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills).
According to Kearney, state auditors visited the school for a six-week period and reported no troubled findings in their report. Their findings from three years ago were sufficiently corrected.
Scoreboards were shipped on May 20 and are expected to be installed over the summer. This has been a long project, with the cost of the outdoor scoreboards being paid for by businesses who paid for advertising space.
Mark Romain of ARAMARK added that the pool cover is in and the air conditioning units on the high school roof have been installed.
A large sinkhole on the track has also been repaired.

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