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Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Lance: To the Allegheny Valley School Board. Hmmm, says the board, shall we spend $400,000 for a new roof at Colfax School? Or $1 million? Or something in between? Hey, how about “none of the above”? Because as soon as the new roof is on, the board majority will start spending $5 million or $10 million to fix up a school it doesn't need. How can these folks justify loading more and more debt on its aging and shrinking population?

Laurel: To Meghan Nese. This Burrell High School English teacher just won the ultra-prestigious Milken Foundation Educator Award for Pennsylvania. She's the first teacher from the Alle-Kiski Valley to win the award — which carries an unrestricted $25,000 grant — and one of only 52 to ever win in the state. Considered “the Oscar for teachers,” it recognizes a teacher with “exceptional educational talent, exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.”

Laurel: To Pitt basketball. The Panthers have got it going on, posting a 16-1 record and a No. 22 national ranking heading into their showdown Saturday against longtime rival Syracuse. Pitt and the undefeated Orangemen are tied for first in their brand-new home, the ACC. Wonder how that's going over with the folks on Tobacco Road?

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