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Schools receive grant to boost engineering

Chartiers Valley — The district has received a $253,000, two-year grant from the Benedum Foundation to develop and implement a pilot Engineering-Project Lead the Way consortium. The consortium will develop relationships with other districts to help enhance engineering programs and activities.

The project also will create an engineering consortium that would include other Project Lead the Way districts in Allegheny and Butler counties to promote shared ideas, provide networking opportunities for teachers and administrators, host an engineering speakers' day and come up with promotional ways to involve more women in engineering fields.

It also hopes to provide professional development and leadership training opportunities for teachers. Since Chartiers Valley may be a professional development site for Project Lead the Way, the grant would allow the district to offer teacher training scholarships.

The project further would build regional capacity to help students to develop problem-solving and critical/innovative-thinking skills with two regional summer engineering camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The camps would be open to 40 high school and middle school students in each session.

Borough seeks recreation counselors

Green Tree — Applications are being accepted for part-time summer recreation program counselors for the six-week program. The deadline to apply is April 17. Visit

• Green Tree Recycling Center behind the public works parking lot, 825 Poplar St., accepts plastics, glass, metals, aluminum, paper and cardboard. Telephone books are not accepted.

• The borough will sponsor free document shredding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the lower lot of the borough park, 895 Greentree Road. Personal documents, credit cards, floppy disks and videotapes will be shredded on site, and credit cards, floppy disks and videotapes can be discarded.

• The borough will conduct a street-sweeping program Monday through April 11. Residents are asked to avoid on-street parking during that time.

Conversations on libraries scheduled

Bridgeville/South Fayette — The public is invited to the second part of the conversation about public libraries in Allegheny County from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen St., and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the South Fayette Township Library, 515 Millers Run Road.

Information: Bridgeville Public Library, 412-221-3737; South Fayette Township Library, 412-257-8660;

Plans tabled for old public works garage

Scott — Township commissioners have tabled a $7,450 survey and conceptual plan for the old public works garage in the Glendale section of the township. The garage borders about 20 other properties, many of which are residential.

During the March 25 workshop meeting, Commissioner Bill Wells questioned whether officials had done a title search on the property, to which board President David Jason replied affirmatively. Mr. Wells wanted to make sure Scott owns the property before spending money for a survey.

Township engineer Larry Lennon said Scott owns the property, but it must be determined if there are encumbrances on it. Officials have discussed selling the site or dividing it to return it to the tax rolls.

• A. Folino Construction was awarded a $1.64 million contract to repair Swallow Hill Road, Finley Avenue and Kane Boulevard.

Treatment plant to get $5.5 million in improvements 

Washington County — Pennsylvania American Water has started work on about $5.5 million in improvements to its E.H. Aldrich Treatment Plant in Elrama. 

A new 42-inch raw water main will be installed parallel to an existing 42-inch line to limit plant outages in an emergency. A new filter-to-waste system will automate part of the filtering process.

The company also is building a new clarifier tank and updating an existing one to prevent freezing during winter months. A clarifier tank is used to settle out sediment before the filtration process.

Construction of the water main and filter-to-waste system are underway; construction of the clarifier tanks is  expected to begin later this year. Weather permitting, the company expects to complete the projects by the end of this year. 

Student council to host breakfast for seniors

Peters — The Peters Township High School Student Council will sponsor a breakfast Saturday for senior citizens to benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. 

The breakfast will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and will include entertainment by student music groups and the high school orchestra.

No admission fee will be charged for the breakfast. The students will accept donations for Children's Hospital.

Washington County to receive recycling grants

Washington County —  The county will receive two recycling grants totaling about $13,460 through the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The grants will be used to reimburse 50 percent of the county recycling coordinator's salary and expenses for 2011 and 2012, according to the state lawmakers from the region who announced the grants —  state Reps. Pete Daley, D-Monongahela; Brandon Neuman, D-Washington; and Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, Greene County; and state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg.

The funding will be awarded under the County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program, which was established by Act 101, the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act.

Act 101 provides municipalities and counties with incentives to increase the amount of recyclable materials recovered from the waste stream.

School district to interview architects 

Pleasant Hills —The public is invited to attend interviews that West Jefferson Hills School District will hold for the five finalists for architects to design the new Thomas Jefferson High School. 

The interviews will begin at 6 p.m. April 16 and 21 in the LGI Room of Pleasant Hills Middle School, 404 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills. The public also may ask questions after the 90-minute presentations by each firm.

Three firms are expected to attend April 16 and two on April 21.

The five architectural firms are: Buchart-Horn/Basco/TMP; Celli-Flynn Brennan; Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates;

VEBH Architects/LR Pierce; and WTW/Grimm + Parker Architects.

The construction committee and school board narrowed the field of 14 firms to five.

The new high school is to be built on 151 vacant acres the district owns across from the administration building on Old Clairton Road.

The project is expected to go out to bid in fall 2015 and open for students for the 2018-19 school year.

District hires business manager

Steel Valley School District — The Steel Valley school board has voted unanimously to hire John A. Zenone as district business manager, director of operations and board secretary at a salary of $106,000 per year.

At the board's meeting last Thursday, a district official said Mr. Zenone will start 60 days after he signs his contract. For now, former Steel Valley business manager John Yacklich is working for the district as a business consultant.

Mr. Zenone, according to biographical information from the superintendent, is currently director of business affairs for the Armstrong School District.

From 2011 to 2012, he was business manager for Deer Lakes School District, and from 1997 to 2011, he served as business manager for the Allegheny Valley School.

Before that, he worked as a senior certified public accountant for Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Wood for 10 years.

Mr. Zenone graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, earned a master’s degree in business and administration from Point Park University, and is enrolled in the graduate program for Leadership and Ethics at Duquesne University. 

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