West School News

March 8, 2012 9:28 am

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High school students are collecting canned goods and nonperishable foods for food banks in Carnegie and Crafton as part of their "Have a Heart" food drive, which continues through Monday.

Red paper hearts, each representing one food item, were distributed to homerooms and will be used to tally the number of items collected by students. The hearts will be displayed on classroom doors and walls. The classroom with the most hearts will win a breakfast party.

• A motion by school board President David Roussos to have board member Patricia Schirripa of Rosslyn Farms removed as district representative on the South Hills Area School District Association board was tabled last Thursday by directors.

Mr. Roussos said he didn't think that Mrs. Schirripa, who supports her community's effort to secede from the school district, provides good representation. "I feel this is a violation of our ethics," he said. "Some may consider it grounds for removal or other appropriate action."

Mrs. Schirripa has been a school board member since December 2003 and was named representative on the association board in December 2005.

Director Nyra Schell seconded the motion to remove her and then engaged in a vigorous cross-examination of Mrs. Schirripa, saying, "Our input as a board is critical. There has to be justification for all three communities."

Mrs. Schrippa said, "You're going to badger me until I change my opinion. My position stands. Seventy-eight percent of Rosslyn Farms signed it," she said, speaking of a petition filed to have Rosslyn Farms join the Chartiers Valley School District.

Crafton resident Mona Rush asked Mrs. Schirripa to resign from the board.

Mr. Roussos said Mrs. Schirripa is entitled to her opinion and that it clearly hurts the district. "If Rosslyn Farms leaves the district, it is bad for the district," he said.

The state education secretary is reviewing the borough's request to secede.

Chartiers Valley

Directors have been honored as a D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Board by the Tri-State Area School Study Council, one of the oldest and largest study councils in the country.

Comprised of more than 100 school districts, vocational-technical schools, intermediate units, dioceses, colleges and private schools, the study council is headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh and focuses on continued professional development.

First Published 2012-03-08 08:29:03

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