Thursday, February 14, 2013
But the school board did approve creating that position on Wednesday night. And read more from Wednesday's board meeting here.
Only Interim Principal Position Approved Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz is not ready to recommend someone to be the interim principal at Baldwin High School, but the position itself was created by a 9-0 vote from the B-W School Board on Wednesday night. The position became necessary after Baldwin High Principal Kevin O'Toole was granted a leave of absence in January. O'Toole's leave—district administration has not divulged the reason for it—is expected to last for the entire spring semester. Lutz said on Wednesday that he is still trying to find a hire. "I've had conversations with a few different individuals," Lutz said. "There's not someone who I've identified yet as available for this position. Who …
And other notes from Tuesday night's borough council meeting.
McAnulty Park Ever been to McAnulty Park? Ever even heard of it? You're probably not alone. But Brian Urban sure has, and he sees room for improvement. Urban, a lifelong Baldwin Borough resident, is seeking no reimbursement for his time and effort but asked the Baldwin Council during its meeting on Tuesday night to allow him to seek funds for borough officials to use in revitalizing the park. The park is made up of a hilly green space, a walking trail, a gazebo and basketball/tennis courts and is found between Meadowcrest Road and Carmen Drive in south Baldwin (behind McAnnulty Elementary School). Borough Manager John Barrett called the park on Tuesday, "admittedly, very underutilized." "Trash, graffiti, drug use, underage alcohol abuse, …
Friday, February 8, 2013
And other notes from Wednesday night's Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting.
School Safety Expert Dr. Randal A. Lutz provided an update during Wednesday night's Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting regarding school safety-improvement efforts in the B-W School District. Lutz said that district administration has been focusing recently on three main areas that pertain to school safety: education/professional development, communication and "the hardening of structures, or hardening of exteriors." In the area of education/professional development, Lutz said that, during an in-service event on Jan. 21, local school safety expert Mary Margaret Kerr made a presentation to Baldwin-Whitehall educators on the topic of "owning spaces." Said Lutz, "The topic was really ... How do we go through our facilities and 'own' the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Icy conditions are the cause.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz has declared a two-hour delay for all district schools for Monday, Jan. 28. The Baldwin-Whitehall area, like most of the Pittsburgh region, is suffering icy conditions on Monday. Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates should Monday's delay turn into a cancellation of all district activities for that day. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Friday, January 25, 2013
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Latest updates in bold. ... A heavy snow forecast has caused the cancellation of ALL after-school events at school buildings in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District today, Friday, Jan. 25, INCLUDING the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association concert at Baldwin High School. Also, students will be dismissed early in the B-W School District, according to the district website, "in an effort to get all students home safely and on time." Baldwin High will begin dismissal for all bus riders at 2:10 p.m. Dismissal at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School, in Whitehall Borough, will begin at about 2:20 p.m. J.E. Harrison Middle School will begin dismissal at 2:45 p.m., and the district's elementary schools will begin dismissal at …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Back-to-back delays for the district.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz has declared a two-hour delay for all district schools for Wednesday, Jan. 23. This marks the second consecutive day for a delay in Baldwin-Whitehall. The B-W area, like most of the Pittsburgh region, is being hit by frigid temperatures this week. Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates should Wednesday's delay turn into a cancellation of all district activities for that day. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Frigid temperatures are expected to smack the South Hills.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz has declared a two-hour delay for all district schools for Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Baldwin-Whitehall area, like most of the Pittsburgh region, is expected to be hit by frigid temperatures this week. Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates should Tuesday's delay turn into a cancellation of all district activities for that day. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
And other notes from Wednesday night's school board meeting.
'A+' Rating Turns out that an "A+" rating in school is good for book reports and bonds. Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member Martin Michael Schmotzer commended his colleagues and B-W School District administrators at their meeting on Wednesday night for helping the district to achieve an A+ rating on its general obligation bonds from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. Standard & Poor's (S&P's) rating scale goes from "D" (lowest grade) to "AAA" (highest), with optional "+" and "-" modifications given from "CCC" to "AA." S&P's gave Baldwin-Whitehall an "A+" for its school issuer credit, long-term and underlying ratings. According to S&P's official analysis, the ratings reflect S&P's view of B-W's "participation in the Pittsburgh …
The board voted, 8-1, on Wednesday to, at the very least, not exceed the school district's allowable 2.2-percent millage increase for the 2013-14 school year.
For the second straight year, Baldwin-Whitehall School District officials have gotten word from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that they cannot raise their district's millage rate, without voter approval, by more than 2.2 percent. But unlike this past year, the board's members voted, 8-1, at their meeting on Wednesday night to not apply for referendum exceptions that would have allowed them to raise the district millage rate, without voter approval, by more than that percentage. In other words, although the B-W School Board is far from setting its final millage rate for next year—it will have to do so before the end of June—the rate will not rise more than 2.2 percent above the district's current rate of 23.40 mills. In fact, …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A study done by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review puts B-W in a good light.
A study done by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shows that Baldwin-Whitehall School District teachers were absent from only 1.81 percent of classroom time during the 2011-12 school year. That percentage, the lowest in the seven-county Pittsburgh region, is well below the national average of 5.3 percent. Using substitutes to offset days missed by any of Baldwin-Whitehall's 289 teachers cost the district $94,300 this past school year, the Tribune-Review reported, or 0.3 percent of local real estate taxes. The article states—you can read it in its entirety here—"In an era of dwindling education funding, the Trib analysis fueled an ongoing debate between teachers, who say they're entitled to time off from jobs that have become increasingly …