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APOLLO-RIDGE: District receives additional grant

by on February 25, 2014 10:50 AM

SPRING CHURCH — Apollo-Ridge School District has received another grant that will help offset the costs of school safety efforts.

Superintendent Matthew Curci announced at Monday’s school board meeting that the district had received a grant this month through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.

The award, which totals $25,000, provides for updates to the district’s visitor system, monitoring equipment such as surveillance cameras and communication devices that administration and staff can use in the case of an emergency, Curci said.

Last month, Apollo-Ridge received a $28,000 grant, also through the state department of education, to cover the costs of the district’s school resource officer — a dedicated police officer assigned to the school.

Apollo-Ridge approved the addition of a school resource officer more than a year ago, according to Curci. A police officer from the Kiski Township police department, Seth Hosack, has been working at Apollo-Ridge full time since last September.

The awards help the district’s budget by relieving the district and taxpayers of the cost of safety efforts, Curci said.

The district will likely start using the grant to update its security measures this school year, Curci said after Monday’s meeting.

“It’s something we’ve been really interesting in pursuing,” Curci said. “We believe it’s beneficial to our schools and our students.”

In addition, Curci announced that the last day of the school year has been changed to June 5 from June 4, due to the number of school days canceled as a result of the winter weather.

He also reminded those in attendance at the board meeting that kindergarten registration will take place March 5 and 12. Details on registration are available at

In other business, school directors:

• Approved the hiring of Amanda Kraemer, of Pittsburgh, as a long-term elementary support substitute, pending receipt of valid clearances. Kraemer will be paid a prorated $31,000 and start work on or around March 21. She will work until the last day of the school year.

• Approved the hiring of Brielle Leinweber, of Kittanning, as a secondary Family and Consumer Science teacher on a long-term substitute basis, pending clearances. The district will pay Leinweber $31,000, prorated.

Her hiring was effective Feb. 10 and she will work through the last day of the school year.

• Voted to retain Kathryn Neibel, of Allison Park, and Will Jones, of New Kensington, who will both provide athletic trainer services on an as-needed basis during the spring sports season. Neibel and Jones will be paid $115 per event. Retention of their services is pending receipt of appropriate clearances.

• Accepted the resignations of assistant track coach August Manifest, senior class sponsor Jamie Biller and custodians Daniel Venturini and Marvin Geer.

• Approved continued participation in the ARIN Intermediate Unit’s Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, at the cost of $900 per year.

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for the Indiana Gazette. Among her assignments are coverage of the Apollo-Ridge School and Penns Manor Area school districts and also White Township.
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