Philip Little from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office will speak at an anti-bullying presentation at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library, 163 E. Union Road, West Deer. A panel discussion with local law enforcement officials and school administrators will follow.
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The high school student government is sponsoring a community blood drive for individuals age 16 and older from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in the high school large group instruction room, 611 Field Club Road, O'Hara. Each donor will receive a pair of flip flops.
The Central Blood Bank is offering scholarships through blood drive participation. Anyone who donates blood at a local donor center also can request for the donation to count toward Fox Chapel's total by using the code HS010025.
Information: 412-967-2445 or Rachel_Machen@fcasd.edu.
• The high school Concert Choir, Vulpes Cantantes and Madrigal Singers all received gold ratings in their respective categories and the Madrigal Singers and the Vulpes Cantantes also received first places at the Heritage Music Festival. All three also received an Adjudicator Award for scores of 95 or above out of 100. Additionally, the Madrigal Singers received an award for being the overall highest scoring ensemble of all the choirs.
As part of their trip to Washington, D.C., choir members participated in a clinic with the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Army Voices at Fort Myer.
School directors accepted the donation of 20 Kindle Fire tablets April 16 from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation program, Tablets in Education, which is providing 1,200 Kindle Fire HDX tablets to 60 schools through a partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The tablets will be used in the library at McIntyre Elementary School in Ross.
• Board member Kathy Reid criticized member Jeff Meyer, who has attended three meetings in person and one via telephone since August.
“It is hard for the superintendent and the administration...to have that missing seat down there,” she said.
Mr. Meyer works in Harrisburg and, when he took the job, his supervisor promised that he could attend board meetings. That supervisor, however, is no longer with the company, and Mr. Meyer has had problems attending meetings, said board President Ed Wielgus.
“We will be moving forward here, obviously before the new school year starts,” Mr. Wielgus said.
Mrs. Reid, however, said she did not want to wait. Board policy allows for the removal of members who miss too many meetings.
“We’re coming to the end of the school year. This is wrong. ...We need to move forward on something,” she said. “I don’t like being held hostage.”
Mr. Meyer has been on the board since 2003. His term runs until December 2015. His family lives in the district and he said he keeps up with district issues.
• School board vice president Thomas L. Kelly has been elected to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Board of Directors for his seventh, nonconsecutive term. He will serve until summer 2017.
Directors voted Monday to raise student activity fees from $80 to $100. This one-time flat fee is paid at the beginning of the school year by students in grades 7 to 12 who want to take part in extracurricular activities or school sports. New guidelines have been refined to specify which activities and sports will require the fee.