Monday, May 6, 2013
Picnic will be June 15.
It's almost that time again! Tickets for this summer's Baldwin-Whitehall Kennywood picnic go on sale at B-W School District schools on Thursday, May 9. The picnic itself is on Saturday, June 15. Those interested in buying tickets must come to any of the B-W schools at the appropriate time listed below with $24 per ticket (cash or money order ONLY): There is no limit on quantities purchased. Visitors to each school must come to the main office entrances only and follow all visitor procedures in place. --- Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter. Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
First day back from summer vacation will be Aug. 26.
A school board-approved 2013-14 Baldwin-Whitehall School District calendar has been published on the district website. It is also available in this article's media gallery above. The calendar shows a back-to-school date of Monday, Aug. 26, and a last-day-of-school date of Friday, June 6 (half day). Baldwin High School graduation, however, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. All told, the calendar has 182 days of instruction for students. Teachers, however, have 193 working days on the calendar. Thanksgiving break will last from Wednsday, Nov. 27 (half-day), through Monday, Dec. 2. Winter break will last from Monday, Dec. 23, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. And spring break will last from Thursday, April 17, through Monday, April 21. Despite a …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
But new county assessments mean that some property owners could end up paying more.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board has not raised the millage rate for the B-W School District since the 2006-07 school year, and that trend is all but certain to continue for 2013-14. Mark R. Cherpak, business manager for the district, presented a preliminary budget to school board members during their most recent meeting, and Cherpak's budget shows a proposed rate of 19.21 mills for next school year—down from 23.40 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. However, due to a recent countywide real estate reassessment that has raised the value of most Baldwin-Whitehall properties, some property owners may end up paying more in local real estate tax than they did last year. [A 19.21 rate equates to $1,921 per year for anyone with a property valued at $…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The 2013 Baldwin Invite gets a sponsor.
Terry Choate Resigns Whitehall Borough resident Terry Choate, who used public-comments time during a March 16 Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting to express his dissatisfaction with the cleanliness of district buses, has resigned from his position as an extra bus driver for the district. The school board accepted his resignation, dated for Jan. 4, by an 8-1 vote at its meeting on Wednesday night. Board member Martin Michael Schmotzer dissented. Choate said on March 16 that he is a 35-year administrator of transportation. "I have never seen so many rules and regulations not followed at that (Baldwin-Whitehall) bus garage," Choate said. "You can't sweep bacteria out of a bus with a broom." Following Choate's March 16 speech, board member…
'We sink thousands and thousands of dollars into these buildings and into the grounds, and if they're not maintained, in 10 years, you're going to be sinking thousands again and again and again.' - board President Nancy Sciulli DiNardo
Baldwin-Whitehall's school board members were split almost exactly down the middle over whether or not to bring a new groundskeeper into the B-W School District. Ultimately, the position was approved by a 5-4 vote; though, no one has yet been hired to fill that position. Dissenting were Martin Michael Schmotzer, Ray Rosing, Nancy Lee Crowder and Diana Kazour. "We already have two maintenance men," Schmotzer said during Wednesday night's school board meeting, "and if you add the salaries and the benefits, it's around $170,000. If you add this position with benefits, you're looking at a first-year $76,000 job. I just cannot justify that. "I think the work should be subbed out to the two maintenance men and/or some custodians around the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The district is redeveloping its K-8 conferences.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District officials are redeveloping their parent-teacher conferences at the elementary and middle school levels and are asking parents and guardians to be a part of that process. As such, officials have put together this survey to gather thoughts from those with children enrolled at McAnnulty, W.R. Paynter and/or Whitehall elementary schools and/or at J.E. Harrison Middle School. Takers are asked to complete the brief survey by no later than March 10. The survey is available here. --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
And other notes from Wednesday night's B-W School Board meeting.
2013-14 Calendar Debated Baldwin-Whitehall School District administration presented its preliminary 2013-14 academic year calendar at a B-W School Board meeting on Wednesday night, and board members had some concerns. District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz said that the calendar—not yet approved by the board—shows a starting date for students of Tuesday, Sept. 3, the day after Labor Day. And the graduation ceremony for Baldwin High School seniors is proposed for Tuesday, June 10. The calendar also proposes six scheduled two-hour delays—regardless of weather. Lutz said that those two-hour periods would be used for educators' clerical work and professional development. Board member Larry Pantuso is not a fan of the two-hour delay days, …
School board member Larry Pantuso wants public feedback.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board is considering the adoption of a policy that would require substantial background checks for some B-W School District volunteers. The proposed policy would place district volunteers into two categories—limited contact and substantial contact—with satisfactory, or clear, background checks being required only for the substantial contact volunteers. Those background checks are an Act 34 Criminal History Report, an Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance Statement and an Act 114 FBI Clearance. Substantial contact volunteers would also be required to renew their Act 34 reports and Act 151 statements if there are significant breaks in their continuous service to the district. The cost to complete the background checks is…
B-W officials reject a voluntary acceptance of Duquesne students.
Baldwin-Whitehall School District officials will not voluntarily accept students from the Duquesne City School District—a decision that B-W Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz made known at Wednesday night's B-W School Board meeting. But that's not to say that Duquesne City students couldn't end up in Baldwin-Whitehall's public schools one day. Duquesne students in grades 7 through 12 are currently enrolled in the nearby West Mifflin Area and East Allegheny school districts thanks to mandates handed down by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. And should future legislation occur that causes a similar mandate for Duquesne students in kindergarten through sixth grade, those K-6 students would be sent out-of-district, as well, including, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Continue to check this article's address for updates.
UPDATE: The Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania Charter School in Baldwin Township is closed for Wednesday, according to its Facebook page. UPDATE: All Community College of Allegheny County locations will have a 10 a.m. start, according to the college's website. UPDATE: North Zion Pre-school in Baldwin Borough will have a 10:30 a.m. start, a representative there confirmed. UPDATE: Good Shepherd Christian Preschool in Whitehall Borough will have a 10 a.m. start, according to WPXI. Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz has declared a two-hour delay for all district schools for Wednesday, March 6. The B-W area, like most of the Pittsburgh region, was hit by heavy snowfall overnight. And according to KDKA, so …