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School directors Monday approved a $1,950 contract through June 30 with the Pennsylvania Educators' Clearinghouse to post open teaching positions and search for qualified educators in the event of a vacancy. Candidates post resumes and qualifications through the clearing house.

The board voted 8-0 to approve the expenditure. Sharon Wilson voted via speaker phone. Patti Schirripa was absent.

* Business education teacher Ryan Gevaudan and social studies teacher Rachel Foltz will serve as audio-visual coordinators and will split the $4,400 stipend for the job. They will replace gifted education teacher Cynthia Eddy, who resigned Sept. 27 from the supplemental activities position.

Mr. Gevaudan, who was hired in 2004, also is district technology coach. Ms. Foltz was hired in August 2006.

The appointments were approved 8-0. Director Patti Schirripa was absent.

* Sophomore Madison Crown was given permission to compete as an independent gymnast in the WPIAL gymnastics division for the 2013-14 school year under the training and direction of Monaca Turners Gym.

Carlynton does not have a gymnastics team. She is training at Monaca Turners Gym. The board voted 8-0 to approve this. Patti Schirripa was absent.

* Board members are expected Nov. 4 and 18 to discuss creating a 5-year strategic plan for facilities. They will be itemizing what the board hopes to accomplish regarding renovations for the coming year.

Moon Area

Lucas Furlow has been hired as assistant principal. He will join high school principal Barry Balaski and assistant principal Ashley Makarvevich as administrators for the high school, which has nearly 1,200 students and approximately 140 staff.

* School director Jeffrey Bussard received recognition Oct. 14 for serving eight years on the board. Also recognized at the meeting was the Moon Tigers football team for its volunteer work at the Habitat for Humanity (Beaver County) last summer.

* Hyde Elementary students Dante Bolden and Lauren Ventura received Moon Area School District's Tiger Spirit Award Oct. 14.

West Allegheny

West Allegheny Arts will present "Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass" at 7 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Stewart Morgan Auditorium at the high school, West Allegheny Road, North Fayette.

The forensics/drama, speech and debate boosters will host a tea party at noon Sunday in the high school cafeteria. This will be an opportunity for the audience to meet the full costumed cast, crew members and directors while enjoying coffee, tea, pie and cookies. The cost is $5 -- free for Gold Club members.

* Middle school students on the sixth grade Shark Team raised more than $5,100 for the National Honor Society holiday gift basket project by participating in a Walk-a-thon, "Trail for Toys," Oct. 11 in Joe P. DeMichela Stadium at the high school.

Students solicited sponsors to donate money for toys and gifts that will go to the children of district families in need of help. Using toys as the theme, students competed in teams named for toys to raise the most money. The winning team earned a pizza/sundae party hosted by the teachers. Prizes also were awarded to teams for best costume, poster, and cheer.

With the funds collected, students and teachers will shop for toys and clothes, which will be gift-wrapped and added to the society's holiday distribution.

Leftover funds will be donated to the West Allegheny Family Support Committee.

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