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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.

Chartiers Valley was commended for entering a self-reflection process aimed at resolving differences and enhancing education through a strategic planning process that involved the entire school community.

The board members involved in this effort are Beth McIntyre, Pam Poletti, Jeff Choura, Wendy Huntoon, Robert Kearney, Bridget Kelly, Debra Rice, Jamie Stevenson and Sandra Zeleznick. Also lauded were previous board members Patti Figorski, Patti Frey, Herb Ohliger and Mary Lou Petronsky.

Other boards that have earned this honor include Beaver Area Pine-Richland and Plum. Chartiers Valley Director Jeff Choura said the district has won this honor twice before under different administrations.


Kindergarten preregistration is under way with an online form available at www.montourschools.com.

The district will begin accepting kindergarten registration packets on March 12. Packets can be submitted to Kathy Putas, student registrar, in the high school, 223 Clever Road, Robinson. Information: 412-490-6500, ext. 1617, or putask@mail.montourschools.com to make an appointment.

In May, the district will host a kindergarten round-up at each elementary school: Burkett, May 7, Forest Grove, May 8, and Ingram, May 10.

n The district has a Weather Bug station, an online weather center camera mounted on the high school that shows weather conditions at the parking lot and stadium. It also has a five-day weather forecast for the area.


The public is invited to the David E. Williams Theatre Production of "Once On This Island Jr.,' which will be presented by 7th and 8th graders at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the David E. Williams Middle School auditorium, Porters Hollow Road, Kennedy.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

Moon Area

The middle and high school collected more than $1,000 in memory of Michael Walter, an eighth grade science teacher in the middle school who died Dec. 11 in a traffic accident in Ohio. The money was donated to the Beaver Quarterback Club, where Mr. Walter was a football coach.

• The high school drama club will present "Guys and Dolls," at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Moon Area High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for senior citizens and students and $12 for adults.

Information: 412-262-9040.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Terry O'Rourke Donoghue, director of marketing and communications for the Institute for Consultative Bioethics, has been appointed president of the Catholic high school in Moon. She succeeds Elizabeth Santillo who resigned at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

A Western Pennsylvania native, Mrs. Donoghue earned a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Pittsburgh and a master's in business administration at Robert Morris University. She has experience in marketing, enrollment management, planning, public speaking and fundraising, according to the school.

Her career background includes significant leadership experience in higher education and the telecommunications industry, and she has provided marketing and business development advisory services for a host of small to mid-sized organizations and businesses.

Anna Budavich, chair of the OLSH board of directors, said in a release, "The search committee identified Terry as the individual whose background, leadership abilities, energy and vision represented an ideal fit for OLSH at this point in its history."

Among her early priorities will be the facilitation of a comprehensive strategic planning process, according to the school. Mrs. Donoghue will begin on March 19.

South Fayette

School directors Feb. 28 approved refinancing about $2.5 million in debt from a 2006 bond issue. Lower interest rates will save the district more than $360,000 over the next 15 years.

n The district's website will be upgraded. The school board has approved a one-year, $21,781 contract with Schoolwires of State College to provide web design and hosting services for the 2012-2013 school year. The district expected $1,728 in federal reimbursement.

• South Fayette school directors have renewed an arrangement for emergency evacuation cooperation with the Chartiers Valley, West Allegheny and Carlynton school districts.

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

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