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August 12th, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's school board meeting, the Ridgway Area School District announced the decision to hire Robert Rocco as its new superintendent, as well as the approval of a contract between the district and the teachers association.
Rocco will replace Dr. Lester Shull as superintendent of the Ridgway Area School District. Shull served as the superintendent for seven days, after he was selected to fill the position in an Aug. 5 workshop session for the school board.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Toth, shown on right, and Josh Williams, assistant superintendent, shown on left, were sworn in recently by Elk County President Judge Richard Masson at the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. Toth was recently appointed to the position following the retirement of former superintendent Ann Kearney. Williams was promoted to assistant superintendent from his former position as St. Marys Area High School principal.
A large crowd of parents were on hand at Monday's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting to voice their concern about the large class size of Fox Township Elementary School's first grade.
Citing student safety and quality of education, several mothers expressed discontent the district has not split the 30-member class into two separate classrooms.
"If enrollment stays the same there is a very good likelihood we will be hiring a second first grade teacher," Board President Bob Luchini said following the meeting.
BENEZETTE TWP. â€“ A St. Marys woman is charged in damaging a State Police patrol car with her head against it while police were questioning her.
Matraca Rae Polinick, 23, of 606 Lenze Ave., faces misdemeanor charges of institutional vandalism, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, as well as a summary charge of public drunkenness and similar misconduct.
Oscar-winning actor and comic Robin Williams died Monday at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed. This special report aired on KTLA 5 News on Aug. 11, 2014.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings is the highlight of the game with his 73-yard touchdown run during the first quarter against the Steelers.
The streetlights on Access Road, located in the Elk County Industrial Park, will be upgraded as they have been turned off since November 2013. Members of St. Marys City Council approved a motion to turn on the electric service to the lights at a cost of $75/month totaling $900/year. All the lights are in good working condition.
Councilmen Ned Jacob was the only member who cast an opposing vote.
Last week staff members at Memorial Park put the finishing touches on their latest mural. Located on the wall surrounding the entrance to the park office, the new artwork features characters from the 2013 hit Disney movie "Frozen," including characters Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven the reindeer, and Olaf the snowman.
While a number of staff members assisted with the project, two of the main individuals who saw it through from start to finish were Taylor Bellina and Laura Buchheit.
Robby McCarthey of Indiana took first place in the full-size cars demolition derby Saturday night in Kersey at the Elk County Fair. Second place went to Steve Donachy of St. Marys while Derrick Schloder of St. Marys took third.
Board practices were questioned during a recent St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors work session.
Board member Bert Sorg said he believes the board needs to hold its executive session during a meeting then report back about what actions were taken and why.
"If something is discussed in executive session that I don't agree with, I don't have the opportunity then to say anything publicly or otherwise or does any other board member," Sorg said.
It is the practice of the board to adjourn a regular meeting and after the public leaves, go into an executive session.