Greater Latrobe 6th-grade camp gets new director
Greater Latrobe School District on Monday announced the selection of a new sixth-grade camp director.
Melissa Boerio, a physical education teacher in the district, will take over in May 2015 for Dawna Bates.
Boerio, who has worked for the district for 18 years, said she is grateful to have Bates to help her make the transition as she takes over leadership of the camp, which is a three-day program held in May at Heritage Reservation Boy Scout camp near Farmington and attended by most sixth-graders.
“I'm excited, but a little intimidated,” Boerio said after the meeting. “The entire learning experience of it is going to be fantastic.
“I do know that Dawna works year-round to make sure the camp experience is wonderful for everyone, and I intend to keep that up.”
Bates, a retired Greater Latrobe teacher, has led the camp for at least 20 of the 30 years of the program, which includes outdoor activities and skills as well as physical activities and environmental science projects.
Michael Porembka, director of teaching and learning, who reported on the appointment at Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, said he believes Boerio is able to relate to students' needs and the mission of the program.
“She certainly understands the philosophy and the meaning behind it,” Porembka said, adding that Boerio has worked closely with Bates.
Superintendent Judith Swigart commended Bates for her time as director and congratulated Boerio.
“She has the experience, and that's going to add to the integrity of the camp; it's a great program,” Swigart said.
In other business, student representatives Adam Martin and Emma Kate Womack reported the results of a poll to help determine an official logo for Greater Latrobe.
After reviewing materials throughout the district, including the website, principals conferred with the superintendent and the high school student council to poll 1,752 seventh- through 12th-grade students.
Sixty percent of the respondents endorsed the Wildcat logo used on the district's website, which Womack modeled with a T-shirt already using the same stylized cat-head design.
The problem arose when student council wanted to place banners on the campus but could not determine which logo would represent the school district.
A survey of sports teams and student organizations found that 14 logos were used to signify Greater Latrobe.
“We feel now is a good time to implement this new design, as it is modern and represents changes, such as the athletic complex, that have recently come to our district,” Womack said.
The design was created for the school district's website, so Greater Latrobe owns the rights to use the logo, Martin said.
The board will vote on the matter during its next meeting on Dec. 10.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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