Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Lance: To New Kensington-Arnold school officials. A first-grader brings a toy gun to school inadvertently, then tells on himself to his teacher. Common sense says the teacher takes the toy and puts it in a drawer. But this is the American education system in the 2010s, where common sense is not permitted. NK-A has a rigid policy and the boy was suspended. At least a little common sense was used — the district dropped the suspension after two days.
On the “Watch List”:
• Westmoreland County's revolving public safety director. The resignation of the county's public safety chief, Brian Jones, after just two months came as a surprise. And the director before him served for less than two years. But within 24 hours, commissioners named a new director, former Greensburg firefighter Roland “Bud” Mertz.” Given this latest “search,” here's hoping Mr. Mertz will stick around.
• The Westmoreland County Land Bank. Northwestern Westmoreland communities haven't leaped into the land bank, which is supposed to be a panacea in returning abandoned properties to tax rolls. So far, 10 municipalities have signed on. It's probably wise for our towns to hold off on joining to see if the program does as promised in Greensburg, Jeannette and the other member communities.