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Fort Couch gets LEED tag; two district schools honored

Upper St. Clair schools — A recent $29 million renovation at Fort Couch Middle School has received a silver-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, often referred to as LEED.

The designation means the district will be eligible for $605,740 in reimbursements from the state Department of Education.

The district formed a LEED study committee before renovations began in 2008 to tap the expertise of local business and professional leaders.  The renovations began in 2009 and were completed in three years.  The work included converting a gymnasium into a cafeteria, expanding the kitchen and building an addition for classroom space.  A similar project in Boyce Middle School was granted LEED certification last year.

The district was recognized for employing exemplary environmental, energy and sustainable design performance standards in the building, including achieving water efficiency, using sustainable materials and resources, and using the project as a learning tool for students.

The district also has announced that its two middle schools for the third time have been named Schools to Watch by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education's Donald Eichhorn award program.

The Eichhorn program recognizes schools that are achieving academic excellence, based on 37 criteria established by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

The award is named for Donald Eichhorn, who is known as a founding father of the national middle school movement and who was dedicated to helping young people make the transition from childhood to adolescence.

 The two schools also were recognized with the Eichhorn award in 2008 and 2011.

Waynesburg scholarships available for Greene County seniors

Waynesburg —– Applications are available for the 2014 County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship to Waynesburg University, which will be awarded to two graduating seniors from each of the county’s five school districts: Carmichaels Area, Central Greene, Jefferson-Morgan, Southeastern Greene and West Greene. Completed applications must be submitted to each high school’s guidance office by March 27.

Two students from each school district will be selected by the committee made up of representatives from Waynesburg University and Greene County and will receive a $1,000 award for their first year of enrollment at Waynesburg.

Applicants must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 and be accepted to Waynesburg as a new, non-transfer student for the fall 2014 semester.

Funding for the scholarship was made available through Allegheny Energy Inc. as part of an agreement reached with Greene County in 2008 related to the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line project.

 Details: Greene County commissioners office, 724-852-5210; Bob Barnhart, Waynesburg University admissions office, 724-852-3346, or

Valentine's dinner dance to benefit fire department

New Eagle — A Valentine's Day dinner dance and show to benefit the New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 15 in the department's social hall, 156 Chess St.

Music will be provided by Pure Gold.

Dinner is at 6 p.m. followed by dancing. Tickets for the bring-your-own-bottle event are $30 per person if purchased in advance and include dinner and beverages.Tickets will be $35 at the door.

Details: Dorothea Pemberton, executive director of the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce and president of the fire department’s women’s auxiliary, 724-258-6530 or

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