Monday, May 20, 2013
The construction begins Wednesday.
Peters Township school officials are warning district parents that upcoming construction of Valley Brook Road and state Route 19 could cause bus delays for students. Construction, which will entail the closing of that intersection as well as sections of Old Washington Road, is slated to begin Wednesday. "The district has been preparing for these changes in cooperation with the township and families whose bus stops must be moved have already been personally contacted by the transportation department," school officials noted. Because of the detours and increased traffic in other parts of the township, district officials said they do expect to experience delays on most of its bus routes when construction begins. "We appreciate your patience …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We want to know: Will you be headed to the polls?
On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans across the Commonwealth will make their way to their local polling places and cast their votes for various offices. In our neck of the woods, there are eight candidates running for two open seats for Washington County Common Pleas judge, while several candidates are seeking election to Peters Township Council as well as the Peters Township School Board. Our question: Will you be headed to the polls to support any of these candidates? Take our poll below, and let us know in the comments section who you will be casting your vote for come Tuesday—or why you won't be headed to the polls. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Officials from Peters Township School District sent out a notice Tuesday afternoon.
Peters Township School District officials are warning parents that a traffic accident could cause a bus delay for some students. A district spokeswoman said an accident is blocking traffic on East McMurray Road. As a result, buses coming from McMurray Elementary, Pleasant Valley and Bower Hill may experience delays arriving home. A Washington County 911 supervisor said there were unknown injuries in the two-vehicle crash, which happened at East McMurray and Holly Road around 3:15 p.m. No further information was immediately available Tuesday afternoon. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the local school board. Six of the candidates have cross-filed and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current Vice President Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary election. Another candidate, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. So, who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Here's what's happening in Peters Township this week.
Busy week. Here are five things you need to know about. 1. Peters Township Council will hold a meeting, and a public hearing regarding a conditional-use request from Fiori's starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the municipal building. 2. The Peters Township school board will hold a finance committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board room. 3. The Peters Township High School Orchestra Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. 4. Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Peters Township School District Kennywood Day may do so from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the middle school. Those coming to purchase tickets are asked to enter through the LGI entrance. 5. The Peters Township High School Wind Symphany concert will be …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The focus of one committee will be the human growth and development and sexuality units.
Peters Township School District is seeking volunteers for two committees. The first is the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards Committee. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. The State Board adopted Common Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. A committee will be formed to review the implementation of the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The search has reached interview phase.
The search for a new Peters Township School District superintendent has reached the interview phase. The paper screening and phone interviews of the first set of candidates have been completed and the pool of potential candidates narrowed. The school board is now in the process of conducting in-depth interviews to ensure that the hired superintendent possesses the qualities and demonstrates the skills indentified in the focus groups held with teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members. There will be several more rounds of interviews before the board reaches a decision. "The board extends its appreciation to the community for your patience and support as we work to ensure that the best candidate is selected as the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Here's what you need to know to help!
This May, your help is wanted to make a big difference. The May Giving Day project will be a monetary collection to help build a playground at Casey's Clubhouse Miracle Field in Upper St. Clair. The miracle field is a wheelchair-accessible baseball diamond that allows kids with special needs to join a team and participate fully. Former major league baseball player Sean Casey is leading the effort to build the playground near the miracle field. The playground will be a unique play space for all children in the South Hills. The team encourages students in Peters Township School District to perform a chore, donate their allowance, or earn a dollar to help build this special playground. The two classrooms that raise the most money will earn …
Some school board members say staff contracts should be renegotiated.
The Peters Township School District must make some major budget cuts before adopting a budget for the 2013-14 school year. According to the Post-Gazette, estimated spending next year totals $54 million, which is about six percent higher than the current budget. Some school board members earlier this week said contract renegotiations with teachers and staff are a must. In 2012-13, the school board raised the tax rate by 3.79 mills. For the 2013-14 school year budget, the board will only be allowed to raise taxes by 1.64 mills by law, according to the newspaper. Among some of the most expensive requests include computer upgrades. The technology director wants to replace 1,600 devices, mostly desktop computers in classrooms, through a four-…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Four incumbents and three newcomers are seeking nomination in the May 21 primary.
Four sitting Peters Township school directors and three newcomers are seeking nomination for four seats on the board in the May 21 primary. Six of the candidates have cross-filed, and are seeking to secure the Democratic and Republican nominations. Current board President Cindy Golembiewski, current vice president Lori Cuervo and directors David Paul Hvidos and Sue Smith all cross-filed. Newcomers Lisa Anderson and Rebecca Bowman have also cross-filed for the May 21 primary. Another man, Jamison Hardy, is on the ballot as a Republican only. For more information on the sitting school board members, click here. Anderson is listed on the Peters Township School District website as the secretary of the PTA Area Council. Bowman is an attorney …