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Connellsville Area High School renovation work wraps up

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

The construction and renovation work at Connellsville Area High School is finally about wrapped up.

On Wednesday, John Pappas with Eckles Construction, told the Connellsville Area School Board work at the high school are winding down and wrapping up.

“For the most part, all the concrete work has been placed and hopefully all the site work will be done in the next week,” Pappas said.

The last area inside the building to be completed is the pool area.

Pappas said the Department of Health inspected the pool last Thursday and it has been open and in use since Monday.

“There is ongoing painting and punch list items that are being taken care of, but substantial progress was made on Monday and Tuesday with no students in the building,” he said.

All the contracts are pretty much closed out in regards to the West Crawford Elementary School renovations and as for the feasibility study, a lot of the preliminary work has been done and over the next two days individuals with Eckles will tour all of the district buildings.

In other business, Robert Swope was hired as the junior high seventh-grade boys basketball coach and John Leonard was hired as the junior high eighth-grade assistant boys basketball coach. Nicholas Miller was hired as the co-head coach for the junior high track team.

Under buildings and grounds, directors agreed to buy student desks for South Side Elementary School for about $7,100, risers for the high school All Star Chorus at an approximate cost of $3,600 and to reimburse Linda Shearer $4,340 for the purchase of five bronze United States military branch of service seals.

All items will be purchased with money from the Capital Reserve Fund.

Under the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center, directors approved the Project Partnership proposal between the center and Westmoreland County Community College.

Paula Rendine, career coach at Westmoreland County Community College, was on hand Wednesday night and told directors that while students are already offered articulated credit for courses they take at the career center, they will now be offered a specific certificate that helps to make the students more employable than having just a high school diploma.

The board agreed to offer the Basic Principles of Industrial Electricity course and to award the bid of $1,500 to Dennis Stewart for the used ClearSpan Greenhouse.

In regards to curriculum, directors agreed to approve a Junior Achievement pilot program, in grades second and sixth at Bullskin Township Elementary School and to approve the Penguins Assist Program at Bullskin Township and Dunbar Borough elementary schools.

Under special education, directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Community Ministries and the district's Life Skills classroom in regards to a food bank project.

The board also approved the purchase of “Skillstreaming” prosocial skills training program from Research Press Publishers for about $740 that will be used with the emotional support classrooms at the elementary and secondary levels.

Directors agreed to submit a letter to the Fayette County School Employees Credit Union to request district students be made eligible to become credit union members.

James Dill of Innovative Technology and Investigative Solutions LLC will present “The Darker Side of Technology-Sexting, Sextortion and Cyber Bullying” to the secondary students.

Directors agreed to move the organizational meeting from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4. The organizational meeting will be at 6 p.m. and the board will then adjourn to an executive session before the regular meeting convenes at 7 p.m.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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