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Yough School Board approves 'Intro to Business'

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:50 p.m.
William S. Zirkle | The Times-Sun
Yough Intermediate Middle School student Rachel Bachy unveils a portrait of school board director Chris Boucher during the board's Jan. 15, 2014, meeting. Each of the board members was presented with their portrait by a YIMS student who created the work of art under the guidance of art teacher Sarah Mooney. The gifts were made in observance of school director appreciation month.

The Yough School Board last week approved offering an Introduction to Business course at the high school this coming fall.

The one-semester class will be added to the course schedules available to students in 10th to 12th grades, according to Superintendent Janet Sardon.

At least 10 kids will need to sign up for the class for it to be run and no additional teaching staff will be required, she said. It will be built into the regular curriculum.

Associated costs will be only for materials and resources and will be about $2,500 depending on the number of students that enroll, Sardon said.

She said the course is expected to cover the topics of career management, business careers, communication, entrepreneurship, finance/economics and marketing/management.

Sardon said the class was a suggestion made by staff members and also by some in the community. She said, “I have had a couple of different phone calls over the last six months or so from people in the community who have asked ‘Do you offer any business classes? What business classes do you offer? Is there any possibility of having more business classes?'”

In other business, the board voted to ratify a resolution that any proposed tax rate increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year will not exceed the index set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which is 2.9 percent for the Yough School District.

The board also approved the employment of Priscilla Trail as a four-hour sweeper at H.W. Good Elementary School.

The following coaches were approved: part-time varsity assistant track, Jonathan Shaffer; volunteer track, Richard Martz, Henry Dyson and Mark Crovak; middle school head track, Mark Cornelius; middle school assistant track, Brian Blasko; middle school head softball, Angela Sleith; middle school assistant softball, Tonya Truxal; and volunteer varsity wrestling, Doug Waldron.

Director Karl Spudy reported that he was elected vice chairman of the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee.

He also reported that the roofing material manufacturer halted work on the CWCTC roofs because of the cold weather; this is the last year the CWCTC will offer an AutoCAD class because many of the member districts offer the course; and based on a survey distributed to grades eight through 11, the CWCTC will be offering a sports medicine program next fall.

Prior to adjournment, Superintendent Sardon noted that a recent list published by the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Yough High School 26th among the top 50 high schools in the Pittsburgh region in performance on the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test). The list can be viewed online here:

She said, “And that's thanks to Mr. Thompson and Mr. Wilkins and the teachers up here that are doing such a phenomenal job teaching our kids not only what they need to be successful on the SAT, but really what they need to be successful in general.”

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