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Southmoreland schools to get $100K grant

| Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Southmoreland School District will receive a $100,000 donation from the Scottdale Bank & Trust Company through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

“This organization has donated thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars through the EITC program over the years,” Superintendent John Molnar told the school board on Thursday. “We purchase things for our programs that we would not be able to do with our regular budget.”

Molnar read a letter from Linda Croushore, executive director of the Consortium for Public Education, explaining the donation.

“The Consortium is approved to accept funds that enhance student leadership, career exploration and literacy development, so we ask you to use these dollars accordingly,” Crushore's letter stated.

Molnar said the funds have previously been used for a mini-music lab, environmental field trips and hardware and software for the accelerated reader program.

“I'm anxious to meet with my team to determine how we're going to use this money,” Molnar said after the meeting.

Thursday's meeting also marked the end of the tenure of school directors Josie Kauffman and Catherine Fike.

Molnar presented Kauffman with a plaque recognizing her service as a board member. Fike was not in attendance.

“Being a member of a school board is often a thankless job,” Molnar said. “It requires a great deal of your time and a great deal of your efforts.”

School Director Ken Alt, Fike's main ally on the board, praised his colleague.

“The definition of a school director is Dr. Fike,” Alt said. “Someone that puts the time and the research in, wasn't afraid to bring it in. I will miss her at my side here.”

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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