SMASD receives funding, recognized for test scores

St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney acknowledged the SMASD Board of School Directors during Thursday evening's workshop in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.Students from various schools throughout the district created a large homemade book for each school board member. They also received a glass globe with a light inside, as well as a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in recognition of their service to the district."I hope you keep the light of knowledge going," Kearney said. "We appreciate all of your time and effort."An executive session was held at the start of the workshop.During the superintendent comments portion of the workshop, Kearney explained the district recently received two checks totaling $35,226.10 as a result of a class action suit from the Bank of America. The suit was for a financial product known as a municipal derivative through a competitive bid process which proved that the competitive bid process was not conducted legally. This was from the 2001 refinancing process of the district's debt service."We did nothing wrong on our part, so we were delighted to receive those checks," Kearney said.The district was also awarded five grants totaling $2,500 for its breakfast program. The grants were from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and are aimed at promoting the breakfast program, as well as the importance of a healthy breakfast.Kearney acknowledged Jennifer Asti, food service director, in pursuing the grants. For more information on this story, see the Jan. 7th edition of The Daily Press.