Friday, May 17, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
There are four four-year terms up for grabs on both the Plum Borough and Riverview school boards this year. And with the May 21 primary election about a week away, we want to know: Who are you voting for? And why? Tell your neighbors in the comments section below who the most qualified people are. The following candidates will appear on the ballot: Plum Borough School Board All candidates have cross-filed on the Republican and Democratic tickets. They are Dawn Lynn Check, Jim Rogers, Michelle Stepnick and incumbents Salvatore Collella, Kevin Dowdell and Andrew Drake. Riverview School Board Incumbents Arlene Loeffler, Theodora Tompa, Lisa Ashbaugh and John Hackworth all have cross-filed. Melissa Botta Havran is seeking the Republican …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Frank Thompson is retiring at the end of the school year.
The Riverview School District will need a new business manager come July. Frank Thompson, the current business manager, will be retiring at the end of the school year. Thompson has been with Riverview for 13-and-a-half years and has worked in public schools for 35. The business manager position has been posted on the district website. Click here for more information. Officials are hoping to fill the position by July. Letters of interest, resumes, letters of recommendation, transcripts and clearances must be sent before May 24. Materials should be sent to Linda Tamburro, Secretary to the Superintendent, Riverview School District, 701 Tenth St., Oakmont, PA 15139 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lynn Black, Director of Student Achievement, and …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
This year's primary election will be May 21. Take a look at who filed to be on the ballot.
There are several government seats—council, school board, mayoral—up for grabs this year in Plum, Oakmont and Verona. This year's primary election is on May 21. Republicans and Democrats are seeking their party's nomination to appear in the general election ballot in November. Here's a look at who filed to run in local races. Mayor—Incumbent Richard Hrivnak is running unopposed in the Democratic ticket. Republicans Dave Majernik, Joe Tommarello (currently on school board) and former councilwoman Christine Scardina-Gazzo are hoping for their party's nomination during the primary. Tax Collector—Incumbent Harry Schlegel, a Republican, is running unopposed for the party's nomination. He will face Democrat Jeff Russo, a former school board …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It's School Board Appreciation month, and the Riverview School Board was in for a treat.
January is School Board Appreciation month. Last week, Riverview High School chorus students volunteered their time to sing a song to the school board. Led by chorus director Nathan Hart, the students sang "When Our Voices Blend in Song." Hart thanked the board members for their continued support of the arts. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A preliminary budget must be approved by February for the district to apply for tax exceptions.
Riverview officials are working on preparing a preliminary budget that they hope to approve next month. Though a final budget is not due until the end of June, districts that are considering increasing taxes above the allowed state maximum under Pennsylvania's Act 1 of 2006 must send a preliminary budget to the state department of education. To raise taxes above the Act 1 index, which is 0.21 percent for the 2013-14 fiscal year, districts must apply for allowed exceptions—for special education costs, pensions, etc. Riverview School District followed the same procedure last year. District Business Manager Frank Thompson also said officials would have to lower the millage rate due to the county-wide reassessments. Under state law, taxing …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A group of parents told the Riverview School Board they are concerned about girls' basketball coach's behavior.
Some parents say they're unhappy with the coach's treatment of players on the Riverview High School girls' basketball team. On Monday night, a handful of parents told the school board they're "disturbed" by coach Keith Stitt's behavior toward the Lady Raider team. Others defended the coach. Stitt, who has been coaching the Lady Raiders for four seasons, didn't respond to emails sent by the Plum-Oakmont Patch seeking comment. Parent Carol Segelson Dezort said the coaching staff has displayed aggressive and intimidating behavior toward the players. Dezort also said Stitt grabbed a player by the neck during the Jan. 14 game against Springdale—he received a three- to five-day suspension. "I'm sure we can do better as a district in finding …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Riverview School Board is considering upgrading safety measures at one district elementary school.
Verner Elementary School might undergo safety renovations over the summer months. During the Riverview School Board meeting Monday, district architect Dick Jaynes, who works for Axis Architecture, presented a plan that would add doors to classrooms and a vestibule between the entrance and the school's main office—features that both Tenth Street Elementary and Riverview High School have. Verner was built as an open plan school, according to Jaynes, and none of the building's classrooms had doors. In 2003, the school was renovated and doors were installed in some classrooms. Another portion of the project includes upgrading the existing doorways in the school building. "It's just another level of protection," he said. Jaynes added that …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Personnel, student teachers, trip and more.
Here's a roundup of items discussed last week at the Riverview School Board's November voting meeting: AFS Student Riverview High School is hosting a student from abroad. Isabella Gudmundsdottir has been accepted as a student via the AFS Intercultural Programs. She has been studying at the school since Nov. 13, and Superintendent Peggy DiNinno said current students have been welcoming Isabella. She also participated in a field trip to see the band's flash mob performance downtown. Personnel Language Arts Facilitator Lori Ruggiero has been named the full language arts coordinator at Verner Elementary. Ruggiero previously shared the position with Kristy Lape, who resigned Sept. 19. Leave Jill Waffensmith will be on leave from Jan. 2 to June …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here is a roundup of items discussed at the Riverview School Board meeting earlier this week.
Here's a look at what Riverview officials discussed at the Sept. 17 school board meeting: Ecology Trip Fifth grade students will be attending an ecology outdoor experience at the Lutherlyn Environmental Center in Prospect on Oct. 11 and 12. Officials agreed to pay $6,533 for the program. Board member Maureen McClure questioned whether or not it would be a problem, given that Lutherlyn is a faith-based organization. However, officials agreed that the program attended by Riverview students exclusively is a nature-based program. "I went as a chaperone last year, and you wouldn't have known it was a faith-based organization," said board member Heidi Dolan. Library Aide Laurie Sliben of Oakmont was hired as the library aide at Tenth Street …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The brief tour is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
Anyone interested in seeing the new locker room at Riverview High School can do so on Monday. Officials announced that a brief tour open to the public would take place at 6:30 p.m. before the regularly scheduled school board meeting. The new team locker room and storage area project cost about $310,000, and work occurred all summer. For more details about the project, click here. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.