APOLLO-RIDGE: Grants awarded for school security, health
January 28, 2014 10:50 AM

SPRING CHURCH — The Apollo-Ridge School District has been awarded $33,765 in grants in support of school security and the community’s health.

Of the grants, the larger is from the state Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools. Amounting to $28,765, it will cover the cost of wages and some other related expenses for School Resource Officer Seth Hosack, said Superintendent Matt Curci.

Hosack is a Kiskiminetas Township police officer and has been serving as the school district’s resource officer since early last year. The other grant, $5,000 from the Highmark Foundation, will be used to purchase exercise stations for the Apollo-Ridge Community Fitness Trail. The trail, established in 2011, rings the district’s Spring Church campus.

Curci, who announced the grant award during a school board meeting Monday, said the plan is to install the equipment sometime this spring or summer.

In other matters, the board hired Apollo resident Joe Rice as the varsity baseball coach. Rice replaces Jeremy Smail, who resigned late last year. Curci said Rice has coached local youth baseball teams.

“We’re excited to have him at the helm,” he said.

The board also named Allan Johnson, of Rural Valley, as the eighth-grade assistant boys’ basketball coach.

Also Monday, the board accepted the resignation of longtime band director Don Varuola, who is retiring at the end of the school year. In accepting his resignation, the board thanked Varuola for his years of service.

The district is closed today due to the bitter cold. Curci said makeup days have been scheduled for April 14, 15 and 16.

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