Thursday, August 2, 2012
And plenty more from Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Extracurricular Activities Eligibility Confusion over what makes students eligible to participate in extracurricular activities in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District should come to an end next week. At least, that's the plan. New Superintendent Dr. Randal A. Lutz told the B-W School Board at a meeting on Wednesday night that he will submit a revised extracurricular participation policy for the board to vote on next week. That revised policy is expected to enforce a uniform standard for not only student-athletes in grades 7-12 but also for any student in those grades who wishes to participate in other activities, such as German Club, student newspaper, et al. During the 2011-12 school year, district officials attempted to enforce a …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Some activities start before classes do. Do you have your paperwork done?
Students interested in competing on sports teams at J.E. Harrison Middle and Baldwin High schools this coming fall season have some paperwork to complete. Although classes for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District's 2012-13 school year won't start until Tuesday, Aug. 28, some of the district's fall sports teams start activites as early as Aug. 13. But before athletes can begin any activities with district teams, they have to complete the required paperwork with their parents/guardians. That paperwork (also available in the media gallery above), in three packets, is available here: Packet 1 (11 pages) Packet 2 (one page) Packet 3 (one page) Included in those packets is paperwork for an authorized medical examiner to fill out upon completion…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The board will consider charging students for extracurricular activities.
'Pay to Play' "I think the time has come" were the words of Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member Kevin J. Fischer on Wednesday night describing his motion for B-W School District administrators to develop a fee structure for student participation in extracurricular activities. Fischer did not motion for a fee structure to be implemented just yet, only to be developed and studied. Fellow board member Nancy Sciulli DiNardo seconded Fischer's motion "for conversation," and the motion passed, 9-0. This isn't the first time that B-W board members have discussed "pay to play." "I have mixed emotions for this (paying for activities)," board member Nancy Lee Crowder said in April, acknowledging that extracurricular activities are part of students…
Friday, May 18, 2012
The boys and girls meet was held at Baldwin High School on Thursday.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has received a list of the medalists from the 2012 WPIAL AAA boys and girls track & field championships, held at Baldwin High School on Thursday night. Click here for boys results. Click here for girls results. Congratulations to Baldwin High's senior Andrew Kuchta for winning the boys 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 10.36 seconds, one year after finishing third in that same event behind teammate Paul DeGregorio. Kuchta will now compete in the 2012 PIAA (state) championships at Shippensburg University from May 25-26. He will be joined by teammate and sophomore Luke Smorey, who placed third in the boys javelin throw with a toss of 182 feet, 8 inches. The top four finishers in each event automatically qualify for …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A roundup of the region's top stories.
Here's a look at some of the top stories from Patch sites in your area this week: Goodbye Crossgates Plaza? CVS May Build New Store Task Force Forming to Save Library 'Pay to Play,' Tax Raise, Staff Cuts All on the Table for 2012-13 B-W Budget Public Hearing on Transit Cuts Thursday Local Student Supports Rabbit Rescue, Fosters Furry Friends --- Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for the daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Required reading for district residents.
Tax Raise, Budget 'Shortfall' Faced with an over $1.3-million budget shortfall for the 2012-13 school year despite a recommended property tax raise of 1.08 mills, the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board is considering a bevy of options to both bridge that budget gap and prevent that tax hike. Among the options being considered in the B-W School District are staff reductions, advertising on school buses, fees to use school buses and a "pay to play" system for middle- and high-school sports and other extracurricular activities. Although it hasn't raised district property taxes since a 1.50-mill increase in 2006-07 to help pay for renovations to Baldwin High School, the B-W School Board is almost certain to raise taxes for 2012-13. The expected …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Three-sport star helped the Highlanders to win numerous WPIAL and state titles in the late '80s and early '90s.
To say that Baldwin High School alumna Kelly Kovach '91 Schoenly was a versatile athlete would be quite the understatement. Kovach, a sixth-year head softball coach at NCAA Division I Miami University (OH), starred for Baldwin in three sports during her time at the high school, winning numerous WPIAL and PIAA (state) titles and creating countless memories. Kovach added another memory on Thursday when WPIAL officials released the identities of its 2012 Hall of Fame Class, which included the former Highlander. The WPIAL's Hall of Fame biography of Kovach reads as follows: "Kovach had a 'golden' career at Baldwin. She was a four-year starter in softball and basketball and a three-year starter in volleyball. The (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette (…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The senior led the Highlanders to two state playoffs wins this year.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Taylor Wentzel has capped her career with the Baldwin High School girls basketball program by earning a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 2011-12 South Fabulous Five team. Wentzel, a 5-foot-6 senior point guard, served as one of Baldwin's tri-captains during this past season when the Highlanders were WPIAL semifinalists. Baldwin went on to win two games in the state playoffs before finishing its season with a spirited loss to perennial power Mt. Lebanon High School at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center. The Post-Gazette reports that Wentzel averaged 14.2 points per game this past season. Baldwin's Head Coach Gavin Prosser said that she's headed to NCAA Division I Rider University on a basketball scholarship. --- Follow the …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Standardized testing, ARAMARK, extracurricular eligibility and other issues.
Nearing the end of his time as the superintendent of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Dr. Lawrence C. Korchnak sat down for an informal "Coffee Talk" with the public at the district offices on Wednesday morning. Korchnak, in his last school year with Baldwin-Whitehall, sipped coffee from a plastic foam cup along with a few district parents in attendance. The superintendent didn't give much of an opening speech, instead diving into an open Q-and-A session. "This is your chance to say what you want to say," Korchnak said, "and no animus." The nearly two-hour discussion ranged from concerns over standardized testing to the district's switch to an in-house food service to a recently debated policy that calls for stricter academic …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The policy will be reviewed and rewritten in time for next school year.
Upon further review, the Baldwin-Whitehall School District's Policy 122, which requires students in extracurricular activities to maintain a C grade level in all four core subjects, will not be enforced until the start of the 2012-13 school year at the earliest. Baldwin-Whitehall School Board President John B. Schmotzer cited confusion over the policy's language, specifically regarding its similarity—or, more suitably, lack thereof—to a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) policy, as reason for delaying enforcement. The PIAA's eligibility policy—only for student-athletes—allows a student to participate in sports as long as he or she has passing grades in any four full-credit subjects, but Baldwin-Whitehall's stricter …