A district-wide Olweus anti-bullying campaign will kick off Friday with all students being dropped off at the high school for activities such as a parade of banners (designed by students), mixed-ages team building activities and a mentoring program.
Students also will practice a group dance that will be featured during the pre-game of the Carlynton vs. Imani Christian football game at 6:30 p.m. at Honus Wagner Field in Carnegie. The dance will be in "flash-mob" style, and is to be a surprise to parents and others attending the game.
It will represent unity and community within the district.
Superintendent Donna K. Milanovich received the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Instructional Leadership Award. Mrs. Milanovich will receive a $1,000 scholarship, which she will award to a graduate planning to pursue a career in education.
In June, she received the 2012 Educator of the Year Award from Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania for her work in inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy. She serves as a member of the organization's board of directors.
• To accommodate a large number of families for the first open house in the new middle school, the event will be held on two evenings: Middle School Lower House (grades 5 and 6), 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and Middle School Upper House (grades 7 and 8), 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday.
Reimbursement and aid ratio subsidy payments totaling $324,441 were never requested from the state Department of Education for bond issues payments made by the district in 2010 and 2011.
"I wonder why these weren't submitted? It's not a difficult process," said Sheila Lubert, business director who joined the district in July. "It's just an oversight by the previous business managers."
The 2001 bond issue payments were floated to help with the middle school construction on Ewing Road in Kennedy.
The district took into consideration the 50.77 percent reimbursement rate and the additional 80.6 percent aid ratio to be applied to the reimbursement value when taking out the bond issue.
The aid ratio is calculated using the district's free and reduced lunch rates.
Payments of about $426,000 and $329,000 were made in December 2010 and June 2011, respectively, but the district failed to file for the reimbursed value on either of these payments.
Initially, Mrs. Lubert thought the reimbursement would total $800,000 but as she worked through the applications, phone calls and calculations the number kept shrinking.
She told school directors Sept. 20 that she still was in the process of applying for the reimbursement and expects the district to receive payments in the next two to three months.
Taking advantage of lower interest rates, the district has secured about $4.4 million in savings over the past year by refinancing existing debt. The school board Sept. 19 approved working toward refinancing two more bonds, from 2003.
Business manager George Safin expected that an October refinancing of about $6.2 million in debt will save the district about $420,000 in interest.
Figures for a planned December refinancing were not yet available.neigh_west