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West Mifflin school director recognized for service

| Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 2:21 a.m.

West Mifflin Area school director Ronald Rubinsak was recognized for his eight years of service to the district at Thursday night's board meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Hoover presented Rubinsak with a certificate of appreciation through the Pennsylvania School Boards Association's Honor Roll of School Board Service Program. The association recognizes board members when they reach milestones between eight and 40-plus years of service on a local board.

“It's always good to be recognized for something that you do,” Rubinsak said. “I think it's rewarding to be a member of the board for eight years. I had six years prior and I had not run for awhile, and now I'm back. I think we've accomplished a lot in the last two years. I just feel that giving back to the community is something that everybody should do.”

Rubinsak served on the board from 1988 through 1994 and from 2010 to the present.

Rubinsak said he's proud of a new pilot program projected to be initiated next semester involving iPads in two eighth-grade history classes.

The board unanimously approved the $45,194 purchase of the iPads through the general fund.

“It's an innovative program,” Rubinsak said. “We're spending money on it, but we're saving money by not buying textbooks. Social studies, you know the day you buy the textbook, some of the material could be out-of-date because history is happening day by day. I think the current events and so forth will be much more updated (through iPads).”

He credited eighth-grade history teachers William Fike and Glenn Gougler for leading the program.

“I think we're lucky to have them and they personify what good teaching is about,” Rubinsak said.

The board approved an agreement with the Clara Barton Elementary PTA for the relocation of the marquee from the old middle school along Camp Hollow Road to Clara Barton along Beverly Drive.

The middle school closed in January 2012 when students transferred to a new facility built next to the high school.

PTA president Kelly Matey said her husband, Jeff Matey, a union carpenter at U.S. Steel, will organize the marquee removal and relocation.

She said the marquee needs to be painted and re-lettered to say Clara Barton Elementary. New letters need to be purchased for its messages because the district sold the old marquee letters at auction.

Kelly Matey said the sign will help keep parents up-to-date on important school events.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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