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BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG: School board approves $4.1 million bond sale

by JEREMY HARTLEY on April 19, 2013 10:50 AM

The Blairsville-Saltsburg school board approved a bond sale Wednesday, selling $4.1 million in bonds at a slight premium.

This provided a savings for the school district of approximately $94,135. At a state reimbursement level of approximately 37 percent, this means the district will be able to keep almost $57,784, which will be added to the 2013-14 budget figures.

In other business, the board:

Approved a new graduation project slated to begin with the 2013-14 school year.

The new project would “focus on increased student performance, contributing to the school, community and professional exploration,” according to board member Holly Gibson.

The project would involve grade-level requirements for each year of high school. Starting with grade 9, students will begin to look at their career interests and what they’ll be doing after school.

As students progress through the grades, they will narrow down specific careers that interest them. The project will involve aspects of English, history, math and sciences.

By grade 12, they will be focused on one career path, working on r←sum←s, cover letters, college applications and letters of recommendation.

Approved the following supplemental positions for the 2013-2014 year: Greg Kaylor, BHS math department chair; Kevin Lopata, BHS science department chair; Tim Frassenei, SMHS football head coach; Kara Petro, SMHS band front adviser; Don Stitt Jr., SMHS boys’ basketball head coach and girls’ basketball junior high assistant coach; Steve Shannon, SMHS boys’ basketball assistant coach and girls’ basketball junior high coach; John Chernega, SMHS golf coach; Glenn Richards, SMHS baseball coach; Bernie Stadtmiller, SMHS baseball assistant coach; Shawn Battistelli, SMHS cheerleading co-adviser; Kim Davis, SMHS cheerleading co-adviser; Stacy Plowman, SMHS junior high cheerleading co-adviser; Wendy Smith, SMHS junior high cheerleading co-adviser; Angie Simpson, SMHS junior high volleyball coach; and Stephanie Simpson, SMHS junior high volleyball assistant coach.

Approved, “with gratitude for dedicated service,” the resignation of Kathy Lupyan, reading specialist at Saltsburg Elementary School, employed since 1978; and Sandra Ross, elementary teacher at Blairsville elementary school, employed since 1975.

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