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Connellsville Board will vote on new school name

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By Rachel Basinger
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:31 p.m.

Students of the former Zachariah Connell Elementary School will be starting school this fall in a new place, but at least it will have a name.

Connellsville Area School Board members will look at approving a motion Wednesday to rename the former Connellsville Junior High West to West Crawford Elementary School.

Director Paul Means said the board has been actively seeking suggestions for names from the public for about three months. The two that were considered were West Elementary and West Crawford Elementary.

“These were really the only viable ones,” said Superintendent Daniel Lujetic. “One thing that people seemed emphatic about was that they didn't want it to be called Zachariah Connell.”

During public comment, Jeff Straub, director of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates, asked directors to consider a motion on Wednesday's agenda to approve a site plan for potential expansion at Connellsville Area High School.

Straub said this is just part of the process for finishing up the lead paperwork on the project.

“We need to show that the site would be able to handle any potential expansion if it ever came to that,” he said.

The proposed expansion site, if ever an expansion was needed, would be a second-story classroom addition on the left side of the building toward the front.

Directors will also be asked to approve a school-level plan for Connellsville Area Junior High, Zachariah Connell Elementary School and Dunbar Township Elementary School.

Lujetic said a school-level plan is required for any school in the district that was in school improvement or corrective action last year. While Dunbar Township met AYP, it has to do it two years in a row before a school-level plan is no longer needed.

In other business, directors will look at two different motions dealing with awarding the general school supplies and building and grounds supplies through the Intermediate Unit 1 Cooperative Purchasing Agreement for the 2013-14 school year.

The first motion is under the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center agenda in the amount of $17,842, and the second is under the finance portion of the agenda for the rest of the school district in the amount of $179,568.

Motions will be brought forward for action to participate in a grant agreement with the Benedum Foundation/Intermediate Unit 1 to provide “coaching” to staff members and post-secondary transition support workshops to CACTC students at no cost to the district and to approve the 2013-14 College in High School agreement between the district and Mt. Aloysius for AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, Trig/PreCalc and AP Physics.

Under curriculum, directors will be asked to approve the books “Understanding Pennsylvania: Our Geography, History, Economy and Government” and “Pennsylvania's Pride,” both from Penns Valley Publishers.

A special board meeting will be held June 27 at 7 p.m. for budget issues.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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