Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A final vote on the spending plan is scheduled for June 18.
The Quaker Valley School Board voted Tuesday night to approve a proposed $41.174 million budget for next school year that doesn't increase taxes, but actually cuts the millage rate as required by county-wide reassessments. The 2013-14 budget proposal lowers the property tax rate from 21.25 mills to a projected 16.93 mills, a decrease that is mandatory as a result of new property assessment numbers by Allegheny County. The millage rate will be recalculated again before a final budget vote on June 18, after the county releases its latest tax assessment figures and processes more appeals. A projected $191,769 gap still remains between proposed revenues and expenses, but district officials plan to use reserve funds to balance out the budget. …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Increased security measures are being explore to prevent thefts in response to recent attempts.
The Sewickley Public Library is exploring additional security measures that go beyond tracking overdue books and unpaid fines, according to a representative on the library board. Quaker Valley School Director Gianni Floro told the board last night that two attempted break-ins have prompted discussions about adding security systems, such as video monitoring. In one case, Sewickley-area police responded to the library for an alarm and found that someone pried open a door. No one was found inside the building during the November incident and police said everything appeared to be in order except for a door with noticeable pry marks. In addition to its inventory of books, DVDs and other materials, Floro said the library has some great artifacts…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
School officials began working two years ago on the draft policy aimed at increasing safety and security.
Quaker Valley School Board is working toward adopting a new safety policy. Superintendent Joseph Clapper said the board discussed and worked on a draft going two years back, but never approved the policy because of references to a safety manual that hadn't been completed. By next month, he said the manual will be completed and the board will be on its way to adopting the policy. Improving safety and security of students, staff and visitors is nothing new for Quaker Valley. Clapper said the district was already doing things, such as working with Risk Solutions, a New York-based company, to implement better safety measures. “This has been going on for a good long while so we’re feeling really comfortable with where we are with the plans,” …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Petitions were presented to the board in opposition of plans to purchase and demolish three Beaver Street homes for a high school drop-off zone.
More than 200 district residents signed a petition that was submitted to the Quaker Valley School Board at Tuesday night's legislative meeting. Leetsdale District Judge Robert Ford presented the petition, which states that residents object to Quaker Valley's proposed plan to buy and demolish three homes adjacent to the high school. Ford was joined by about a dozen residents who attended the meeting with concerns about plans to purchase neighborhood properties to alleviate traffic issues near the high school. Conceptual drawings presented to the school board in March show plans to build dedicated bus and car drop-off areas for students. The plan is intended to address limited access to the school as well as an ongoing problem with students…
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A presentation in honor of National School Board Recognition Month took place Tuesday night at Edgeworth Elementary School.
Enough years have gone by since 1989 — when Tony Magnelli first began teaching in the Quaker Valley School District — for the sixth-grade teacher to be able to say the school board has been outstanding. “Our job is to help kids, all kids, reach their full potential. The board has always given us the means to do what we need to,” Magnelli said. “Thank you for all you do. For the past 23 years, you have been great.” Magnelli was one of several teachers, administrators, students and community leaders to express gratitude to board members Tuesday night. A presentation, in honor of National School Board Recognition Month, took place at Edgeworth Elementary School during the monthly legislative meeting, recognizing directors for their commitment…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Renovations will include artificial turf and a new retaining wall along Route 65.
The Quaker Valley School Board Tuesday night awarded more than $1.6 million in contracts for middle school field renovations that include installing artificial turf. A $1.021 million general construction contract was awarded to R.A. Glancy and Sons for work that includes general site work, demolition and the replacement of the retaining wall along Route 65 and Graham Street. The field portion of the project, including artifical turf installation, was awarded to Palumbo Landscaping for $628,100. The fields were part of the original renovation plans, but when an initial bid came in greater than expected, administrators and board members scaled back on renovation plans and set aside the field project. The $26.5 million middle school …