EAST ALLEGHENY SCHOOLS
Students, teachers to get computers
All district students will get hand-held computers this fall under a lease agreement approved by the school board last week.
Under the agreement with Apple Computers, each student in kindergarten through second grade will receive an iPad mini; students in grades three through 12 will receive an iPad, and teachers will receive a laptop and an iPad.
Administrators will also receive a laptop and iPad under the agreement, and school directors will each get an iPad.
The annual payment for the lease is $550,000 per year.
Superintendent Bart Rocco said administrators are working with Apple on a program to turn in the devices periodically. That way, students will have access to the newest technology, he said.
He said teachers will be able to use applications on the iPads such as iTunes University in a number of subject areas. Students will also be able to email their teachers on the devices.
Board members Mary Scarry, Charles Bakewell, Phillip Martell, Margaret Morgan, Michael O'Rourke and Robert Rhoderick Jr. voted to approve the lease on June 19. There were no dissenting votes.
Council OKs police contract
Forest Hills council last week unanimously approved a three-year contract extension with the Forest Hills Police Association.
The vote by the police union to ratify the agreement was also unanimous, according to a news release from the borough.
The agreement extends the terms of the previous contract, including a 2 percent base wage increase,
Pre-Fourth holiday concerts set
The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present a free summer concert in the park at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Clair Park in downtown Greensburg.
Conducted by WSO's artistic director Daniel Meyer, the program includes classics and popular music and will feature Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 Overture.
The symphony will also perform the concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fort Ligonier.
Details: 724-837-1850 or visit www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
No school tax hike this year
There will be no tax increase for property owners in the school district.
The school board Monday approved the district's 2013-2014 $17.3 million budget that keeps the millage rate at 82.72.
Earlier this year, the district was considering a 1-mill tax increase but later decided against the action. The district was able to avoid a tax increase by making purchasing and staffing cuts.
The budget was passed by a 7-0 vote with directors Anita Mash and Morrison Lewis absent.
• The Jeannette Community Day Celebration is set for July 24 through 27, will feature midway rides, a car show, a hot wings contest and fireworks in city parking lot on Magee Avenue. There will also be plenty of ethnic food, craft booths and an parade marking the city's 125th anniversary.
The festival will be open 5 to 10 p.m. July 24 and July 25; 4 to 11 p.m. July 26 and 2 p.m. to midnight on July 27.
The schedule of events is as follows:
July 24 - 5 p.m., car cruise;
July 25 - 5 p.m., DeStella Dance Centre; 6 p.m., Battle of the Barrel; 7 p.m., Jeannette Community Band; 8:15 p.m., "Day Factory.''
July 26 - 5 p.m., "Hey Nostradumus" band; 5:30 p.m., "Great Ancient Trees;'' 6 p.m., "The Ugly Sweaters;'' 7 p.m., ''Playin' Favorites Band.''
July 27 - 1 p.m., parade featuring Grand Marshals, the Gelder Family; 3 p.m., "Back in Time" featuring Jeannette's own Paul "T-bird" Kettren; 5 p.m., parade winners announcement; 6 p.m., hot wing eating contest sponsored by Pitzer's Townshouse; 8 p.m., "Eastcoast Turnaround;'' and 10:30 p.m., fireworks.
• Local bands will play Saturday at Gators to benefit the Humane Society of Westmoreland County.
Bands EMT Freakshow, Results May Vary, Xander Demos, Rain Audio and Vicious Hand will perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. Performances will start at 7 p.m.
There is a $5 fee and proceeds benefit the no-kill shelter for dogs and cats.
Paving contract awarded
Commissioners have awarded the township's 2013 paving contract to El Grande Industries for $2,769,583.70.
The action came last week during a meeting; a list of roads to be paved was not available.
Commissioners also selected Lawson Excavating to repair the Osborne Street Bridge at a cost of $36,900.
Also last Thursday: commissioners paid the township $8,926.97, Crestas Volunteer Fire Department $7,866.95 and West Wilmerding Fire Department $14,018.17 from township fire tax money.
Commissioners George Beswick, Art Marra and Daryl Mitchell voted against the measure.
Mr. Beswick said he voted against the measure because the expense numbers commissioners were given for the Crestas and West Wilmerding fire departments were changed, and he was not given a chance to review the new numbers before the vote.
Police buying rifles; library book sale set
Township police officers will soon be better armed to fight crime. Last week, the commissioners unanimously approved purchasing 20 new Bushmaster rifles and other items for its officers at a cost of $19,474 from Markl Supply, the lower of two bidders.
Business manager Bruce Light said Markl's bid for the rifles, 29 clips, a large magazine clip and five 30 round clips originally was $28,272. But, Markl proposed a $8,798 trade-in offer for the department's old weapons.
The other bidder, GT Distributors, bid $28,414.40 less $8,809 for trade-in. GT's total bid then came in about $150 higher than that of Markl.
• The Friends of Penn Area Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.
Paperback books cost 50 cents each; hardcovers are $1 each. Books may be purchased at $5 per bag. Other items, including CDs and DVDs, will be on sale.
Proceeds benefit the library at 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City.