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Yough School Board appreciated

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Students and teachers representing each building of the Yough School District were on hand at the Jan. 9 meeting of the school board and presented a program illustrating their appreciation of the directors.

The 30-minute presentation was in acknowledgement of School Director Recognition Month as proclaimed by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

The show was led off by West Newton Elementary fourth-graders Azzia Berestecki and Kylie Roebuck. The girls sang “What I Am!” by, which the whole student body sings each Monday morning at the school. They explained that the song motivates them for the rest of the week.

After the song, the girls distributed to the directors ornaments of plaster cast hands from one student in each of the school's classrooms. “A reminder to you of the hand you have in our education at Yough.” All of the buildings, except the high school, presented hand-made gifts to the board members to commemorate the evening.

Next on the program was Mendon Elementary School represented by first-grader Colin Hemus, second-grader Olivia Calderone and fourth-grader Savannah Manns. Kindergartener Alexander Zucker and third-grader Taylor Odelli were absent because of the flu.

The Mendon students sang a song to the tune of “It's a Small World After All,” the original lyrics replaced by those touting the good things the board does for the students.

Representing H. W. Good Elementary was kindergartener Gannon Dubovsky, second-grader Paige Kowalski and fourth-grader Natalie Vilchek. Natalie started the presentation with a short introduction and then read a poem, written by school nurse Colleen Fonzo, titled “Serving Every Student Every Day.” Gannon then introduced a slide show put together by teacher Doug Kasic that illustrated some of the things the board has done that have had a positive impact on the students. Paige wrapped up with a final thank you and presentation of the gifts.

Siblings Rachel and Alex Bachy, in seventh and eighth grade respectively, were on hand representing Yough Intermediate Middle School. They performed a skit—a twist on the Oscars—to award the directors their “Yough-scars” for “Best School Board” followed by a poem read by Rachel.

Another pair of siblings, Lynne and Josh Gillott, described by high school Principal Earl Thompson as “two of the most talented students that have walked these halls,” performed on behalf of the students of Yough High School. With Josh, a senior, on acoustic guitar and Lynne, a junior, singing, the duo entertained with Whitney Houston's “The Greatest Love of All.”

The program was concluded with Superintendent Janet Sardon thanking everyone who participated. “Between the skit and the songs and everything at the elementaries, really, really shows us what a great place Yough is,” she said.

In business before the board, the directors approved the addition of the following to the substitute teacher list: Paige Hamrock, elementary; Emily Lash, mathematics; William Zollner, industrial arts/technology education; and Samantha Dankovich, health and physical education.

Sara Gillott was approved as an instructional aide. The resignation of Jason Denner, technology assistant, was accepted. Gina Moore was approved as a four-hour sweeper at the high school.

The board also approved the resolution providing consent to the Energy Savings Project for Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. Director Karl Spudy, a member of the CWCTC Joint operating Committee, said the district's share of the cost will not exceed $97,000 per year, with the estimated cost after savings to be about $85,000 per year. He also noted that the first budget affected by the project will be for 2014-15.

Schneider Electric was approved to complete a phase one study for an Act 39 project at a cost not to exceed $9,000.

A bid for fabrication and installation of theater and stage equipment to include curtains and all the associated mechanicals in the Yough High School auditorium was awarded to Pittsburgh Stage in the amount of $44,842. The board said construction funds will be used. Business manager Mike Wrobleski said the construction fund currently has a balance of about $134,000.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-872-6800.

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