Joel R. Weinstein was re-elected school board president and Robert Mauro was re-elected vice president Monday. The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the first Monday for an agenda study session and at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday for its regular business meetings. The sessions will be combined in January, March, August, September and December.
J. Dayle Ferguson was re-elected president and Rebecca Brown was re-elected vice-president of the Mars Area School Board on Tuesday. The board will continue to meet most months on the first and second Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the administration building.
• The high school student council is sponsoring a winter coat drive through Jan. 4. New and gently used hats, gloves, boots and coats may be donated to students and families in the district. Information: 724-625-1581.
The high school marching band won its 10th consecutive "Best Band Overall" award in Veteran's Day Parade, receiving 97 out of 100 points. North Allegheny was among 18 high school bands competing in the parade through the Golden Triangle. The color guard (flag team) also won a first-place award.
• These winter music programs -- all starting at 7 p.m. -- are free and open to the public:
• Today -- Carson Middle School choral concert; Marshall Middle School choral concert; Ingomar Middle School band concert;
• Monday -- Intermediate and Senior High orchestra concert in the high school;
• Tuesday -- Hosack Elementary School choral concert; Peebles Elementary School band concert;
• Wednesday -- Bradford Woods Elementary School band concert; McKnight Elementary School band concert;
• Next Thursday -- Carson Middle School band concert; Marshall Middle School band concert; Ingomar Middle School choral concert;
• Dec. 17 -- Hosack Elementary School band concert; Ingomar Elementary band concert;
• Dec. 18 -- Franklin Elementary School choral concert; McKnight Elementary School grade 5 choral concert; Marshall Elementary School grade 4 choral concert;
• Dec. 20 -- Carson Middle School orchestra concert; Marshall Middle School orchestra concert; Franklin Elementary School band concert.
Timothy Burnett was re-elected president and Thomas Kelly was re-elected vice president Monday. The board will continue to meet for work sessions at 7 p.m. the first Monday in the administration building, 135 Sixth Ave., Ross, and hold legislative meetings at 7:30 p.m. the third Monday in the junior high Large Group Instruction Room, 55 Rochester Road, Ross.
• Ross and West View residents and those who own or operate businesses in the district are invited to serve on the public budget committee to review revenue projections and expenditures for the 2013-14 school year. Meetings will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, March 7, April 18 and May 16 in the administration center, 135 Sixth Ave., Ross,
Apply: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-318-1014.
• Assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs Jeff Taylor, Ph.D., recently was honored with the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development President's Award.
Mr. Taylor was selected for his leadership and educational contributions that advanced the association and Pennsylvania schools through his utilization of technology. He has created a new organization website with social networking features and a Web-based, interactive membership database.
Mr. Taylor also leads a committee of educators who are creating an online professional development course.
Mr. Taylor of Ross joined the administrative staff in 2006.
Families interested in learning about enrolling their children for either the second semester of this school year or next year are invited to an open house at 7 p.m. next Thursday in Portersville Christian School, 343 E. Portersville Rd., Portersville.
The school offers a Christian education to students in grades Pre-K through 12 and is the only fully accredited Christian school in the Butler-Lawrence-Mercer counties area that offers comprehensive education through the high school level as well as fine arts and athletics programs.
Information or reservations for the open house: 724-368-8787, ext. 10.
Peter Lyons was elected president and Jeffrey Banyas was re-elected vice president Monday. Mr. Lyons replaces Stephen Hawbaker, who served as president or vice president for eight of his 11 years on the board. The board will continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday (planning session) and fourth Monday (regular meeting) in the administration building.
Jack Norris was re-elected president and Sarah Heres was re-elected vice-president for the fifth consecutive year Tuesday. The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the second, third and fourth Tuesdays in Edgeworth Elementary School.
• School directors voted Tuesday to no longer send students to the Alternative Center for Education at Parkway West Career and Technology Center in North Fayette. The change will affect the 2013-14 year.
Since 2009-10, enrollment at the alternative center has declined, resulting in a higher cost per student. Tuition for the half-day program is more than $17,000. The district has five students enrolled and three of them will complete their program this year.
The district joins Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Keystone Oaks, Moon, Mt. Lebanon and South Fayette to discontinue using the program next year.
Robert Hill Jr. was re-elected president for a sixth year, and Eric DiTullio was elected vice president Monday. The board will set its 2013 meeting schedule at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Intermediate High School auditorium.
• Jeremi Casella, a member of the high school choir, has organized "Benefit for the Holidays," a community concert featuring the Madrigals and show choirs to benefit the Zelienople revitalization project, at 7 p.m. Friday in the senior high auditorium, 128 Seneca School Road.
Doors will open at 6 for a meet and greet with Santa. Ticket donations are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Also, those attending are asked to bring canned and boxed foods to benefit families in the community.neigh_north