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August 15th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â Students of the Johnsonburg Area School District have met PSSA [Pennsylvania School System of Assessment] standards for Adequate Yearly Progress [AYP] for the 2011-2012 school year.
Elementary school principal Jennifer Hobbs presented the students' scores during the August board of directors meeting.
In math, elementary students in grades 3 through 6 scored an 86.4 percent proficiency out of a targeted 78 percent.
JOHNSONBURG â A recent study conducted by U.S. News & World Report ranked the Johnsonburg Area School District as one of the top high schools in Pennsylvania.
According to high school principal Brock Benson, the organization ranks all of the high schools in the United States based on standardized testing and advanced placement [AP] scores.
"They look at your proficiency rates of all of your students and also how you do with students who are economically disadvantaged," Benson said.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposal for new software to help streamline services at the prothonotary's office.
Susanne Straub Schneider, the county's prothonotary, said Tuesday that the new software will be used for the civil side of the office.
"Currently we use infocon-- it's a DOS system and it's antiquated," Schneider said. "The new software would improve docketing for the deputies and it would also improve access to the public. Eventually, we would move to having it accessible online.
The Ridgway Area School District officially terminated its contract with the Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania (CENTAX) at its monthly school board meeting Tuesday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The contract was originally dated for Feb. 29. The approved motion directs CENTAX to deliver all records, returns, uncashed checks and electronic records to H.A. Berkheimer by Aug. 31.
ST. MARYS â The powder metal industry is looking for dedicated entry-level employeesâand the eight graduates of the âFit for Powder Metal Programâ course that concluded last week have high hopes that they will fit the bill.
ST. MARYS â The recently concluded âFit for PMâ class, designed to train candidates for entry-level positions in the powder metal industry, was a collaboration by several groups and is helping to fulfill area employment initiatives.
ST. MARYS â For area residents looking to spruce up a hard-to-clean surface outside their home, newly established PA Power Washing is set to cater to many of their needs. The business was started by St. Marys resident Ryan Wehler in May and offers power washing services for surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, interior garages, brick pavers, sandstone, retaining walls, polywood decks, and vinyl railing and fences.
ST. MARYS â The next birthday party or wedding you attend may not have the typical bunches of balloons present to mark the celebration-- a current shortage of helium means there may be nothing to fill them up with.
Local stores that sell helium balloons say suppliers have told them there is currently no new supply, and they may not be able to get more helium until mid-September or even beyond.
An emergency call was reported Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, shortly after 4 p.m. at Clarion Sintered Metals along Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township. According to firefighters onsite, a small fire reportedly broke out in a chimney. Light smoke was visible at times but no flames were showing.
JOHNSONBURG â The Johnsonburg Area School District Board of Directors hired three teachers during their regular meeting Thursday night.
Elizabeth Thorwart approved as an elementary teacher, placed on Master's Step 3, with a salary of $43,000 to be effective the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Michael Tettis was hired as an elementary teacher with a Master's Step 6 at a salary of $46,000, effective the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Mary Weaver was approved as an ESL [english second language] teacher at $23 per hour for a maximum 25 hours per week for the 2012-2013 school year.