Teachers and students battled in a series of lip sync battles for the ages!
I begin this communication by stating that it is the responsibility of the superintendent to run a school district providing optimal learning opportunities for all students while managing finances. The current Collective Bargaining Unit under discussion is one that I inherited when I arrived July 1. I did not participate in the drafting, negotiating or voting of this document. The budget drafting for the 2015-16 academic year will begin in January and must be completed by May 31. The budget will then be on public display for 30 days and officially accepted on or before June 30. In anticipation of this, I have prepared a grid of data to specifically identify the key areas of the new teacher’s contract.
Yesterday I hosted a lunch for area journalists at my own expense to provide information requested. My intent was and remains media requested information to be accurate and ensure that the message delivered was done in a fair and objective manner. The grid indicates the amount of millage increase necessary to balance the budget as well as anticipated furloughs.
I will be discussing this at an open forum Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 27 at 6:30 pm in the Large Group Instruction Room at Highland Middle School. I hope that members of the community will attend. If you are not able to attend this meeting or have questions or comments to deliver to me in advance, please send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact my office. It is a pleasure to continue to serve the Blackhawk Community and I look forward to an ongoing year of achievement, productivity, and growth.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DATA GRID
The following high school students have been selected as "The Student of the Month" for October:
Courtney Vannoy - Little Beaver Lions
Noah Ross - Rotary
Frank Riggio - Chippewa Lions
PATTERSON HEIGHTS -- An 8-year-old borough girl was one of 50 western Pennsylvania volunteers honored with a Jefferson Award for her efforts in raising arthritis awareness and funds to fight for a cure.
Three years ago, Mariah Aquino-Truss of Patterson Heights was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis that causes symptoms such as joint swelling, pain and stiffness.
Since her diagnosis, Mariah has hosted an annual event -- Mariah's Movers Carnival -- at Bradys Run Park, donating proceeds to the Arthritis Foundation of Pittsburgh. In three years, the event has raised more than $6,000.
In 2012, she was the child honoree for the Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis and last year was honored at the walk for her work in seeking a cure.
Mariah donates an average of 10 hours a month volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, and frequently educates her peers at school assemblies and others.
The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. Locally, the awards are supported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark and BNY Mellon.
An awards ceremony will be held next spring. Winners receive a bronze medallion. One recipient will be named Pittsburgh's Most Outstanding Volunteer and will represent the region at a national awards ceremony next June. This article can be viewed in the Beaver County Times, October 14, 2014.
Thank you for your participation.
3rd grader at BIS
received a Gold medal
held at Slippery Rock
Jack was supported
by his parents
and teacher DianneSarver
at Sunday's games.
The remainder of the Board of School Directors meetings will be held at Highland Middle School in the LGI room at 7:30 PM
The Board of School Directors of the Blackhawk School District will conduct its regular monthly business meetings at 7:30 p.m. as follows:
December 2 (Reorganization Meeting)
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