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Armstrong schools put television programming online

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District is trying to make its television programming more accessible by putting it online through the ARIN Intermediate Unit. The district is working with the Indiana-based intermediate unit to stream its student-produced “Education Today” television broadcasts from Kittanning, Ford ...

Westmoreland judge offers Court in the Classroom

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area school directors learned more about a program designed to give high school seniors a firsthand look at the legal system during Thursday’s special meeting. Westmoreland County Judge David Regoli told the board about his Court in the Classroom program ...

Kiski Area Intermediate School band chosen to play at state conference

By Braden Ashe
The Kiski Area Intermediate School eighth-grade band is in Harrisburg today for what band director Robert Traugh likened to “the state championship for music.” The ...

Franklin Regional to expand dog-assisted literacy program

By Patrick Varine
When students returned to Franklin Regional High School for the first time after last year’s knife attack, therapy dogs were on hand to greet them. ...

Clairton schools honor alumni in mentoring program

By Eric Slagle
Clairton City School District on Thursday honored alumni who mentor students at the high school. Key members of the district’s Reaching the Reachable and Men Paying it Forward programs were recognized for their work over the past three years. The programs expose ...

Penn Hills charter school to appeal denial of expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
A charter school plans to appeal the Penn Hills School Board’s denial of an amendment to its charter that would have enabled it to expand. The Penn Hills School Board on Monday night voted 5-0 to deny an application from Imagine ...

Cost of Apollo-Ridge lunches to increase

By Braden Ashe
Students in the Apollo-Ridge School District will pay more in the cafeteria next school year to help the district offset rising food service costs. The Apollo-Ridge School Board on Monday approved an across-the-board 10-cent increase for elementary, secondary and adult lunches. That ...

Connellsville area’s secular, parochial schools push students to excel academically, technologically, leaders say

By Mark Hofmann
The community’s future is being shaped in the elementary, middle, high, vocational and parochial schools of the Connellsville area. Connellsville Area School Board President Jon ...

Southmoreland School District focused on growing population, boosting achievement among students

By Karl Polacek
Southmoreland School District, which services the boroughs of Scottdale and Everson and the townships of East Huntingdon and Upper Tyrone, is situated in an area ...

Technology, teaching style set district apart, Mt. Pleasant Area administrators say

By Karl Polacek
Testing requirements for students in Pennsylvania schools are changing, and like districts across the state, Mt. Pleasant Area is adjusting. “I think we are definitely headed ...

Pennsylvania education funding letter war puts school districts in the middle

By Bobby Kerlik
Pennsylvania school district superintendents appear to be caught in a political battle over Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget while receiving conflicting instructions from Harrisburg leaders. Senate Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, penned a letter ...

Police seek more information about Plum teacher accused of sex with student

By Karen Zapf
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office wants to hear from anyone who has information regarding a suspended Plum High School English teacher accused of having sex with a student. The request on Wednesday was made a day after Joseph Ruggieri, 40, ...

Closed Crafton Heights school to sell with $25K kick-in from Pittsburgh’s URA

By Bobby Kerlik
Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority will pay $25,000 to help finish the sale of a closed Pittsburgh Public Schools building in Crafton Heights to a businessman who plans to open a store there. The deal appeared to be at an impasse while ...

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf proposes $500 million for specific school programs

By Bobby Kerlik
An extra $500 million that Gov. Tom Wolf wants to give schools in basic and special education funding would come with strings attached. Pennsylvania’s top education official sent a letter to all school superintendents Tuesday, outlining 14 areas in which districts ...

Steel Valley teachers get small raises, pay more for health care as contract details released

By Bobby Kerlik
Steel Valley school district teachers will get a raise but will pay more for health care under the terms of a new five-year contract released Monday. The contract calls for annual raises of slightly less than 1 percent over the life ...

Allegheny Valley moves forward with facility study

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School District is going ahead with a districtwide facility study. The school board Monday unanimously approved paying Foreman Architects Engineers $39,000 to do the study focusing on Acmetonia Primary School and Springdale Junior-Senior High School. The study is expected ...

Nearly 450 students delve into past for National History Day competition at Heinz center

By Adam Brandolph
When other students  selected historic heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Jackie Robinson as subjects for their National History Day projects, Samantha Trentadue decided ...

Greensburg Salem School Board anticipates $400K windfall from higher assessments

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Salem School District anticipates a $400,000 windfall from a slew of lawsuits that were filed to raise the assessed value of commercial properties within the district. For the last several years, the district has hired Forest Hills law firm Andrews ...

New Freeport Area Middle School comes with longer class day

By Jodi Weigand
When the new Freeport Area Middle School opens this fall, students can expect an additional 19 minutes of class time and a few new courses inside a building equipped with the latest technology. Freeport Area School Board members heard an update ...

Weather bumps Armstrong School District graduation to June 5

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District seniors will graduate two days later than expected to make up time lost to poor weather. Graduation will be June 5. Schools were closed eight days this winter — three more than administrators had planned. “We worked very hard ...

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