Monday, March 11, 2013
Patch gives you a rundown of what's going on around the community.
What’s going on in your child’s school? Find out in person when Pine-Richland officials meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Pine-Richland High School for the school board’s planning meeting. The Friends of the Northern Tier Library will host its Annual Used Book Sale Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17. Most items range from 25 cents (children's paperbacks) to $1 (adult hardbacks). The sale also offers audio books, music CDs, and DVDs. This event will be held on the library's lower level inside the Richland Center. A group of Treesdale families are fighting a grading permit application from Wexford Farms. The residents say contractor Joseph B. Fay Co.'s trucks dumped dirt and more from the Pennsylvania Turnpike construction …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The $69.4 million budget includes a 4.24 percent tax increase ... or does it?
The Pine-Richland School Board approved a preliminary $69.4 million budget with a 4.2 percent real estate tax increase Monday night, but there was a surprise attached. Finance and School Services Director Dana Siford told the board it is likely the state will limit a tax increase to 3 to 3.5 percent. The Pennsylvania Department of Education gets involved whenever the school board proposes a tax increase that exceeds its 2 percent index defined by Act 1. The school district can apply for exceptions to the Act 1 index, but the state designates only four categories. Pine-Richland planned to file for exceptions based on rising retirement and special education costs. By adopting the preliminary budget on Monday, the school board gave Siford the…
Friday, January 11, 2013
The school board has contracted with the Pennsylvania School Board Association for consultation services in the search for a new superintendent, including surveys and focus group discussions.
Pine-Richland residents are being asked to give their opinions Monday at a focus group discussion about hiring a new schools superintendent. The former superintendent, Dr. Mary Bucci, resigned after the Pine-Richland School Board voted not to renew her contract at the end of June 2013. Assistant Superintendent Dr. David Foley is currently acting as the interim superintendent. The school board has contracted with the Pennsylvania School Board Association for consultation services in the search for a new superintendent, including surveys and focus group discussions. A focus group discussion on the superintendent search will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, in the Pine-Richland Middle School Auditorium at 100 Logan Road in …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Pine-Richland School Board talks about security measures at Richland Elementary.
Police officers greeted Pine-Richland schoolchildren Monday morning, but otherwise the students' day was fairly routine. Assistant Superintendent Dr. David Foley told the Pine-Richland School Board on Monday evening that Northern Regional Police officers came to the schools to alleviate fears on their first day in classes after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT. Police will continue to have a presence at the schools, Foley said after the meeting. He did not elaborate on specifics, citing security reasons. During the meeting, he reported to the board that the day had gone smoothly. Foley also sent an email letter to parents, giving them an update and encouraging them to make appointments before visiting school buildings as another …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Community invited to take survey.
The Pine-Richland School Board is asking the community for input as it searches for a new superintendent. The board's newly elected president, Peter Lyons, sent a letter via email asking community members to take a survey. The letter also is posted on the school district's website and in this article (below). Actually, a number of surveys are offered through the school district's website that are geared to the district's "stakeholders"—administrators, teachers, staff members, parents, students, community members. Responders are asked to complete the survey(s) by Dec. 31. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association's consultants developed the series of surveys. The Pine-Richland board hired the PSBA for $15,000 as consultants in the search …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The school board is looking for a superintendent to replace Dr. Mary Bucci, whose resignation is effective Jan. 8.
The Pine-Richland School Board is looking for a superintendent to take the place of Dr. Mary Bucci. Bucci resigned this week, effective Jan. 8. The board voted in October not to renew her contract when it expired June 30. The board hired Pennsylvania School Boards Association as a consultant to handle to the search. The PSBA is running this ad in Education Week's Top School Jobs section. Superintendent, Pine-Richland School District, Allegheny County, PA. Appointment in Spring, 2013. Start date by July 1. Enrollment approximately 4,600. Successful candidate will be a student-focused, ethical leader with the professional will to motivate and evaluate a highly qualified staff, and delegate responsibilities with focus and effectiveness…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Board holds annual reorganization meeting.
Pine-Richland School Board elected Peter Lyons as its new president Monday night and Dr. Jeffrey Banyas was re-elected vice president. The votes took place at the board's annual reorganization meeting. Lyons won after two ballots. Banyas and Director Dennis Sundo ran against him. Lyons replaces Stephen Hawbaker, who has served as president or vice president for the past seven years. Banyas won the vice-presidential vote 6-3 over Director Laura Ohlund. He served as vice president in 2012 also. Hawbaker agreed to serve a two-year term on the Northern Area Special Purpose Schools joint committee, which oversees A.W. Beattie Career Center. Therese Dawson will serve as the legislative representative on the Pennsylvania School Board Association…
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Pine-Richland School Board informed Bucci in October that it would not renew her contract when it expires at the end of June.
UPDATED: The updated portions of the story are in bold face. Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci has notified the Pine-Richland School Board that she intends to resign effective Jan. 8 and retire from public education. The nine-member board voted unanimously to accept her resignation Monday at its annual reorganization meeting, "thanking her for her long service to public education and wishing her well in retirement," according to the agenda on the district's website. (See video.) Bucci was not at the meeting. Newly elected school board President Peter Lyons said the board will begin mapping out a plan for moving forward following the meeting. At its last meeting, the board voted to pay $15,000 to contract with the Pennsylvania School Board …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Ben Shogan was born Oct. 27.
Pine-Richland School Board Director Katie Shogan came to Monday night's meeting with a very small future student. Her newborn son, Ben, slept in her arms through the meeting as the nine directors carried on business. Ben was born Oct. 27, coming into the world at 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20 inches long. Ben is the third child born to Katie and Andrew Shogan. His siblings are Drew and Anabel. Katie Shogan was appointed to the school board in May to replace Director Richard Herko. Please help us get to 1,000 Facebook “likes” by clicking here and “liking” us.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci's contract will not be renewed when it ends June 30.
The Pine-Richland School Board voted unanimously Monday to pay $15,000 to the Pennsylvania School Board Association for consultation services in the search for a new superintendent. The services include advertising, recruiting, reference checks, as well as selection and screening assistance. The current superintendent, Dr. Mary Bucci, will not be retained when her contract expires June 30, the board decided in a split vote in October. "Administrator/Superintendent Search Services work with (a) school district, from start to finish, in seeking candidates for administrative or superintendent positions," according to the PSBA website. "However, we are not a head-hunter search firm that 'places' candidates. Our philosophy has been, and always …