Carlynton retirees honored, West Allegheny commencement

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Six retirees who worked a combined total of 119 years for the district were honored Monday by school directors:

• Jeanine Butts who worked as a Carnegie Elementary teacher for 28-years. She participated on the district's strategic plan, tutored students and volunteered in many school functions like Family Reading Night.

• Spanish Teacher Lynn Cramer who was at Carlynton for 18-years. She was nominated for numerous Teacher Excellence Awards, worked as a cheerleading coach, a National Honor Society Sponsor and a junior high student government sponsor.

• Kathi Mollenaur who was a high school secretary and then in 2005 became the guidance office secretary. She worked for the district for 14-years.

• Renee Orlovsky who was a guidance counselor and who in 2006 became the Carnegie Elementary School physical education teacher. She worked for the district for 23-years.

• John Recchio, maintenance foreman since 1980. He is a Carlynton graduate and worked as a custodian under his father. He worked for the district for 34-years.

• Domenic Tavoletti worked as the driver of the delivery van for several years. He delivered lunches daily to Carnegie and Crafton Elementary schools. Superintendent Gary Pieffer said that the total years of all of the retirees was 119.

■ KMA Design of Carnegie will develop a color scheme and branding for the district. Directors voted to pay them $5,200 to come up three designs, which include revising the Carlynton Cougar with claws.

Superintendent Gary Peiffer said that KMA also will create a logo for district stationary and one for athletics. He said that KMA will bring their ideas to the June 23 meeting. Directors should be ready to vote on the winning proposal at the July 13 meeting. Mr. Peiffer said that if the timeline is followed the district could order stationery with the new logo in time for the new school year.

Carlynton School District is looking for an additional school psychologist. Hillary Mangis, Coordinator of Special Education and Student Services. Asked the board to consider adding another school psychologist. Superintendent Gary Peiffer said that the pay would be in the $50,000 range. Board President David Russos said that there is a sufficient need in the district for this postition.

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Commencement will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the high school gymnasium. Only those individuals with tickets will be admitted. Anyone without a ticket who would like to observe graduation can watch the ceremony, which will be broadcast on a large screen in the auditorium.

Seniors who have a 4.0 or higher GPA and are among the top ten percent of the class will graduate with distinguished honors – summa cum laude. Vishmayaa Saravanan, one of the distinguished honors students from the class of 2014, will present the senior student address.

Class officers will lead the graduates into the gymnasium, and Joshua Rosen, class president, will begin the Pledge of Allegiance. School Board President Debbie Mirich will present the welcoming remarks. The formal program will also include Presentation of the Class and Keynote Address by Dr. John S. DiSanti, Superintendent, Roll Call by Daniel P. Smith, high school principal, and Presentation of Diplomas by Debbie Mirich. Entertainment will be provided by the Senior Chorus, under the direction of Earl Wiechelt, Jr., high school music teacher, and the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Steven Groba, middle school music teacher. Junior Rebecca Lawrence is the piano accompanist.

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