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Two schools to get funds for test scores

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:57 a.m.

Two schools are in line to receive state money awarded for improved scores on standardized tests.

Laurel Valley High School in the Ligonier Valley School District will receive a $30,108 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Achievement Improvement Award. The award recognizes improved performance by 11th-graders on the 2001 PSSA test. The juniors achieved an average score of 1340 on the PSSA's math section and 1380 on the reading section.

Derry Area School District's Grandview Elementary School will receive a $19,942 state award for improvement by its fifth-graders in 2001. The students achieved average scores of 1370 on the PSSA math section and 1380 on the reading section.

In both cases, the scores were at least 50 points higher than math and reading scores recorded by similar groups of students in 2000.

Data entry

The results of an environmental assessment of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will be made public at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room at the airport in Unity Township.

The federally funded study was conducted at the county-operated airport near Latrobe, at a cost of $352,000. Results will be presented by the county airport authority and Delta Airport Consultants Inc. Officials also will discuss planned improvements, including the proposed 1,525-foot extension of the 7,000-foot-long primary runway.

Cost of college

A financial aid meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Greater Latrobe Senior High School.

William Srsic, financial aid director at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the cost of education, sources of aid and an explanation of the FAFSA application. The program is free.

New office

District Justice James Falcon of Youngwood will hold an open house noon-4 p.m. Wednesday at his new office. The office, owned by the county, is located at 500 Armbrust Road, near Westmoreland County Community College.

Cop talk

Penn Township residents who wish to learn more about police work may register now for the township's second Citizens Police Academy.

The first class is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the police station. Academy classes continue 6-9 p.m. on 10 consecutive Thursdays.

The first 25 applications - five from each of the township's five wards - will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. If five applicants from each ward do not apply, police Chief Michael Mastroianni will select the remaining people to fill the classes.

Applications are available at the police station on Commercial Court, off Sandy Hill Road. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Feb. 1.

Residents will be notified of their acceptance.

For more information, call Lt. Ralph Boura or Sgt. John Simcoviak at 724-863-1119.

On the beat

Openings are still available for the winter 2002 Citizens Police Academy offered by North Huntingdon Township police.

Sessions include firearms training, canine unit demonstrations and traffic and criminal investigations. Class members also will take part in a series of tactical scenarios and simulated firearms training.

Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 19. The academy will run for 11 weeks.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in North Huntingdon and pass a criminal background check. More information is available from Community Relations Officer Robert Dippolito at 724-863-8800.

Applications, which will be accepted until the class is filled, are available at the North Huntingdon Township Police Department.

PTO session

Franklin Regional Senior High School's Parent Teacher Organization will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Large Group Instruction Room.

The agenda will include a curriculum update by English teachers at the high school. Administrators will be on hand to present an overview of recent activities, and a question-and-answer session is scheduled.

Those who cannot attend may request a copy of the minutes via e-mail. Send a request for minutes of this or any other meeting to

Head of the class

Franklin Regional School District is accepting nominations for the 2002 Excellence Award.

The award was founded in 1998 by Dr. Bert Milligan, then the school board president, to recognize individuals who have contributed to educational excellence at Franklin Regional. In the past three years, community members, volunteers, teachers and support personnel have been selected as recipients of the award.

Nomination forms are available in all school offices and at the administration office in Heritage Elementary School. Community residents, students and school employees may nominate any individual they feel has dedicated time, effort and expertise to enhancing the learning environment at Franklin Regional.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 4. The 2002 honorees will be announced at the March 4 school board meeting.

Sheepskins for soldiers

World War II veterans who live in the Murrysville, Delmont and Export areas, and who were unable to complete high school because of active military service, may participate in Franklin Regional School District's commencement ceremony in June.

Anyone interested in participating may contact Karen Cadwell in the superintendent's office at 724-327-5456, Ext. 7613. Responses are required by Jan. 31.

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