No schools in low-achieving category of PSSAs
The state Education Department has removed East Allegheny School District students from the low-achieving classification of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests based on combined reading and math scores on the 2012 PSSAs.
Superintendent Roger D'Emidio said in an email Wednesday that no East Allegheny schools are now in the low-achieving category.
"We are very happy that we achieved success in our math and reading scores," he said. "Our staff has worked very hard to maintain [Adequate Yearly Progress]. We will continue to work hard to make further progress."
Bus trip to Philadelphia flower show planned
Greensburg Garden Center will host a bus trip to the Philadelphia International Flower Show, titled "Brilliant," on March 6.
The center's president, Angie Raitano, will be a judge.
The largest indoor flower show in the nation, it will feature British culture and horticulture this year.
The bus will leave the Greensburg Garden Center at 7 a.m. and return at midnight.
Cost is $110 for center members and $120 for nonmembers, which includes admission ticket, bus travel and snacks.
Details and reservations: 724-837-0245.
MedExpress to open 100th clinic
MedExpress will open its newest center this week in Jeannette, marking its 100th center nationwide.
MedExpress, a full-service, neighborhood health-care facility, treats illnesses and injuries; offers preventative services such as screenings, flu shots and sports physicals; and performs X-rays, labs, EKGs and stitches.
The Jeannette clinic, at 6510 Route 30, began seeing patients on Wednesday.
The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Family medical practice moves
Forbes Family Medicine has moved to 2550 Mosside Blvd., Suite 500. The practice was formerly on Forbes Regional Hospital campus.
The Forbes Family Medicine residency administrative offices have also relocated to the Mosside building.
• The Giant Eagle store in Monroeville will host a celebration to mark its grand reopening.
The store, at 4010 Monroeville Blvd., expanded its prepared food area, upgraded the pharmacy and added a new health, beauty and wellness department, among other improvements.
The store is open now, but a grand opening featuring Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Additional activities including musicians and clowns will take place in the coming weeks.
Preliminary 2013-14 budget set
The school board has set an amount, $62.1 million, and a millage increase, 5.25 mills, for the district's proposed preliminary 2013-14 budget.
The detailed budget is available for review, and the board is scheduled to vote on it Feb. 18.
Last week, the board also voted to request that the state grant the district an exception to the Act 1 millage rate increase limit of 1.5 mills for the 2013-2014 school year in case the district needs to raise real estate taxes by more than that amount.
"Passing a preliminary budget this month does not require the district to increase millage or exceed the index," business manager John Wilson said in a news release.
Over the years, Mr. Wilson has often managed to trim a significant amount off proposed millage increases between the preliminary budget in winter and when the final budget is adopted in June.
The proposed expenditures of $62.1 million represent a 5.4 percent increase in expenditures, or $3.2 million, over the current school year budget.
Administrators said the four primary reasons for the projected increase are:
• An increase of $1.3 million in the retirement contribution the district is required to pay to the state retirement system for Norwin employees.
• Increases in debt service payments of $500,000.
• Health insurance increases.
• Normal cost of living increases for employees.
According to the press release, the administration is using conservative estimates to project next year's tax revenue, pending additional collections of real estate and earned income taxes, and pending the unveiling of the governor's budget proposal Tuesday.
The administration and school board are also reviewing every area of the budget to reduce costs, including staffing.
Last year, the district created a task force for the efficient use of district resources. It is reviewing debt service expenses, real estate tax collection, transportation and utility costs.