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Improvements planned for Mt. Pleasant schools

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:09 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Area School Board passed a motion this week to have several projects completed using money from the capital account for prices not to exceed set quotes.

Improvements to Ramsay Elementary will include hallway ceiling tiles, not to exceed $18,000; bank landscaping, not to exceed $12,000; and fire alarm replacements and upgrades, not to exceed $18,000.

Improvements to Donegal Elementary will include generator installation, not to exceed $13,000; electrical upgrades, not to exceed $9,000; carpet replacement, not to exceed $18,200; and fire alarm replacements and upgrades, not to exceed $18,000.

Improvements to Norvelt Elementary will include interior painting, not to exceed $18,000; and garage roof replacement, not to exceed $2,500.

Secondary school improvements will include new carpeting, not to exceed $18,000; painting, not to exceed $16,500; and exterior door painting, not to exceed $10,000.

“Will these all be brought back to us on an individual basis?” Director David Brooks asked.

He was told the prices would not exceed the quotes and that there could be a savings with some of the projects.

Members of the upcoming production of “Grease” attended the meeting, formally inviting the board and community members to attend.

“I am here with several other members of the Mt. Pleasant High School student theater to thank the administration and the board for allowing us to perform a musical for the first time in 30 years,” cast member Ben Pimental said.

Superintendent Terry Struble said they decided to approve a musical in hopes that musicals would enjoy a rebirth in the district.

“We haven't had a musical here since we did ‘The Wizard of Oz' back in 1983,” Struble said. “We decided to give the go-ahead and try a musical.”

The board approved agreements with the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg for its student-teaching program for 2013 through 2017 and the Westmoreland County Student Assistance Program for the 2013-2014 school year.

Board President Robert Gumbita announced a new fundraising idea he hopes to implement soon, offering memorial bricks for purchase to be set in front of the fieldhouse. The profit from the bricks would be used for different costs related to sports.

“With the budget being so tight, we thought it would be a good idea to look into other ways of generating funding for sports-related costs such as new uniforms,” Gumbita said.

There will be a McTeacher's night from 4:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Huntingdon McDonald's, with partial proceeds benefiting the Norvelt PTO.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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