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School leaders appeal teacher's salary ruling

| Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003

Peters school directors voted 8-0 Monday to appeal District Justice James Ellis' recent ruling in a case involving a salary dispute with a physical education teacher.

In August, Ellis ruled that Victor Giannota should be paid the $6,323 difference between the salary in his contract with the school district, and the pay he said he was promised. Ellis also ordered the school district to pay court costs. Giannota started working for the district last year, after leaving a position with Sewickley Academy.

The school district would file its appeal with Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Students 'hurt' over teacher's resignation

About 40 high school students questioned the recent resignation of John Minor, an English and theater teacher.

Beth Brooks, president of the high school thespian boosters club, said the resignation has produced "simmering hurt, frustration, bitterness and anger" among the 120 students who participate in the group. The school board voted 7-1 to accept Minor's resignation, saying he wanted to pursue studies. Bill Furedy cast the dissenting vote.

Board member Denise Abraham said because Minor's resignation is a personnel issue, "There are many things we can't say, things that we can't explain."

Baldwin-Whitehall
Elementary students to learn not to bully

Paynter Elementary School will host an anti-bullying assembly Oct. 1, featuring Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, Baldwin Borough Police Chief Chris Kelly and the Pirates Parrot.

Bethel Park
Apprenticeships granted to 21

Twenty-one Bethel Park High School gifted students received apprenticeships for this school year through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The apprenticeships focus on the arts, science and humanities, and students will attend about once a month.

Participating are seniors Brittney Baumgardner, Julia Bodura, Allison Buyny, Kristof Eichenlaub, Laura Hefferin, Thomas Mantle, Jeffrey Peters, Jonathan Polley, Joseph Scarillo and Jessica Spray, juniors Matthew Belz, Kristen Craig, Brian Fink, Kelsey Laurash, Maureen Lydon, Patrick McCabe, Julianna Petshot, Liz Pusateri, Hannah Roos, Kate Vaughan and sophomore Brandon Smith.

Carlynton/Crafton
Open houses tonight at elementary schools

Carnegie and Crafton elementary schools will hold open houses at 6:30 tonight. Parents can visit classrooms and meet faculty and staff, see student work and have refreshments. Individual conferences with teachers can be arranged.

Festival of Bands set for Saturday

The Carlynton High School marching band will host a Festival of Bands at 7 p.m. Saturday at Honus Wagner Field, Washington Avenue, Carnegie. Marching bands from Oliver, Perry, Westinghouse and Carlynton high schools and Slippery Rock University will perform, along with the Carlynton Alumni Band and the Carlynton Mini Drill Team. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the gate; children ages 4 and under will be admitted free. A fireworks display will cap off the event.

Chartiers Valley
Study Buddy program needs volunteers

Chartiers Valley Primary School is looking for adult volunteers for its Study Buddy program.

For five years, the district has been linking kindergarten, first- and second-grade students who need one-on-one help with adult volunteers who have two hours a week to spare. The program is in the library from 3:25 to 4:10 p.m. and will continue through the end of May. Training and materials will be provided by the school.

Participants will help children practice basic math facts, vocabulary and spelling words. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Mariellen Kerr at (412) 429-7016 or mkerr@cvsd.net .

Moon Area
Retired educator to be touted at game

Retired Moon Area teacher Bill Lee will be honored for his 60 years of service to the district after halftime band performances Friday at Moon Area Tiger Stadium.

The Moon Area High School classes of 1948 and 1953 will be in town for reunions and both have close ties to Lee, who began his teaching career at Moon in 1943 and was their class sponsor.

Lee, who was a history and geography teacher before becoming a guidance counselor, retired in 1983. He is known as the district's unofficial historian.

Mt. Lebanon
Employees' group sets up scholarship

The Mt. Lebanon Retired School Employees Association recently established a scholarship fund.

Each spring, one or more scholarships will be awarded to Mt. Lebanon seniors attending a teaching, secretarial or business or technical school. The amount and number of awards will depend on how much money is raised through dues and donations.

The first scholarship will be awarded in spring 2004 at the Senior Awards Program at Mt. Lebanon High School.

South Fayette
High school boasts 'outstanding' teacher awardee

High school teacher Don Sekelik has been selected by the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies as the "Outstanding Secondary Level Social Studies Teacher for the Year" for Pennsylvania.

Sekelik teaches world cultures and honors world cultures to 10th-graders. He'll receive his award at the annual state conference Oct. 10 in Lancaster.

He s the second South Fayette teacher to receive this honor. Mary Chambon was a winner two years ago.

South Park
Catholic school hosts Web site

Nativity Catholic School has a new Web site and e-mail for teachers.

Teachers will be able to post assignments and the parent-teacher group can post announcements of fund-raisers and other events at the site, www.NativitySouthPark.org . Also, teachers' e-mail addresses will be on the site.

The school also has a wireless network in most of the classrooms, allowing for Internet access. Also, the computer lab has been renovated, allowing for faster Internet connections.

West Jefferson Hills
High school's open house set

Thomas Jefferson High School will host its annual open house on Sept. 24.

Parents can walk through students' abbreviated Wednesday schedules. The event runs from 1:20 to 4:30 p.m., and a second session is from 6 to 9 p.m. Call the high school with questions at (412) 655-8610.

West Mifflin
Principal retiring after 35 years in schools

New England Elementary School Principal Robert Novic, Jr., is retiring after more than 35 years in education.

Novic served as principal at New Emerson, Grant, Borland and Clara Barton elementary schools from 1975-87 and was assistant principal at West Mifflin Area Middle School for 11 years.

The district will honor Novic at its board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Notes

  • Peters: Peters, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair high schools will host a college fair from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Peters Township High School, 264 E. McMurray Road. More than 100 colleges and universities will be represented.

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