Bill honors East Washington policeman
A bill honoring a slain East Washington police officer unanimously passed the state Senate Tuesday.
Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, introduced the bill weeks after Officer John David Dryer was killed by gunfire during a traffic stop shortly before Christmas last year. Mr. Solobay said he is confident that the bill, or a companion bill introduced in the House of Representatives by state Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Eighty-Four, will become law.
"Everyone in the Legislature is appreciative of the sacrifices made by police officers and their families," he said.
Officer Dryer's family visited the state Capitol this week to participate in a memorial service for fallen officers and to attend the Senate session.
Officer Dryer was killed on Interstate 70 near the Beau Street Interchange. Senate Bill 1382 designates the interchange as the Officer John David Dryer Memorial Interchange. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.
Officer Dryer was one of four Pennsylvania law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2011.
Nurses donate to Mon Valley Hospital
This is National Nurses Week, and the Mon Valley Nurses Association marked the occasion by donating $2,000 to Monongahela Valley Hospital.
The donation benefits the hospital's $2.5 million Focus on the Future campaign for a $25 million construction and expansion project.
For details about association membership, call 724-929-7273.
Borough on track to hire new manager
Dormont council has begun the interview process for its next borough manager.
Council scheduled 30-minute phone interviews for out-of-state candidates Wednesday night and will interview in-state candidates in person early next week, President Bill McCartney said at a council meeting Monday.
Aided by local government policy expert Michael Foreman, council narrowed the pool to 10 applicants, six of whom are from Pennsylvania. The search attracted 22 candidates from as far away as St. Louis, Duluth, Minn., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Some out-of-state candidates have to ties to the area, Mr. McCartney noted.
After this first round, council will conduct more in-depth interviews with two or three candidates. Mr. McCartney noted that plans are on track to secure a new manager by late July or early August.
The budget allows $75,000 for the manager position, but the sum could increase depending on the hire and was not specified in the employment ad. At the time of his resignation, former manager Gino Rizza was making between $68,000 and $70,000, not including benefits, Mr. McCartney has said.
The new hire will serve as Dormont's 10th borough manager since 2001.
School board discusses $30.7 million budget
The school board Monday discussed a $30.7 million preliminary budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Expenses in the new budget are $30,743,016, and revenues are expected to be $29,859,342.
Expenses in the proposed budget are also $891,027 higher than they were during the current school year. Toni Valicenti, business manager, said most of the increases are in salaries, benefits and retirement expenses.
The district has listed the former Westinghouse Elementary School in Wilmerding for sale for $449,000. Ms. Valicenti said if 40 or more seventh- and eighth-graders from Duquesne School District are transferred to East Allegheny, the district would also receive $376,076 in tuition reimbursement for them.
Both amounts could be used to offset the increase in expenses, she said.
Though the preliminary budget holds real estate taxes at 27.54 mills, Ms. Valicenti said the district usually winds up raising real estate taxes.
• Directors heard a presentation by Bob Bergsted of Nutrition Inc., the district food service provider, about the budget impact of new federal mandates requiring more fruits and vegetables in school lunches.
New federal mandates will cause the cost of each school lunch to go up 35 cents, he said, but the government will give school districts only six cents toward the increase.
Mr. Bergsted said a gradual increase in the cost would be better than a sudden increase later.
As part of its budget review, the school board will consider whether to increase elementary school lunches by 20 cents and secondary lunches by 10 cents. Under the proposed change, the cost of a la carte lunch items would increase by 5 percent.
The board is expected to vote on the preliminary budget during next Monday's meeting at 7 p.m.
High schools ranked in magazine listing
Mt. Lebanon High School ranked No. 8 in a U.S. News and World Report 2012 list of the best high schools in Pennsylvania, earning the publication's silver honor.
Upper St. Clair High School ranked No. 9 in the state's top 10.
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia ranked highest among the state's 752 high schools. That school also came in at No. 61 of 21,776 high schools in the country.
The rankings are based on state proficiency levels and students' performance on college-level Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
In Pennsylvania, seven high schools received gold medals, 49 received silver and 137 received bronze.
n Municipal manager Steve Feller will be available for two meet-and-greet sessions Tuesday. "Coffee with the Manager" will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again at 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Uptown Coffee, 723 Washington Road.
All are invited to attend the sessions, sponsored by the Community Relations Board.
Century III Mall hosts student art show
Century III Mall at 3075 Clairton Road is hosting the West Mifflin Area School District Art Show at the lower level of the facility.
The art wall showcases some 700 works from every school in the district.
The mall has also donated $1,000 to the district.
Tour of Sisters' campus planned
For 90 years, 33 acres in Whitehall have been the home of The Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God. At 6:30 p.m. May 31, the Sisters will present History at Twilight: a Walking Tour of the Motherhouse Campus.
Congregational archivist, Dennis Wodzinski will be the guide. The tour will conclude at the Motherhouse, where Sisters will serve refreshments.
The program is free, and no reservations are needed. Those interested in attending should gather at the former St. Francis Academy Activities Hall parking lot at the corner of Hamilton Road and Chesna Drive and should wear comfortable walking shoes because participants will walk through wooded areas on a path.
Resources council sponsors 'e-waste' collection
Residents can dispose of a wide variety of "e-waste" at a collection Saturday in Washington County sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council.
There is no charge to drop off televisions, computers, cell phones, ink and toner cartridges from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Steel City Harley-Davidson, Route 19 and Racetrack Road.
However, there is a nominal fee to drop off batteries, fluorescent tubes, VHS and cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs.
For a detailed list of items accepted and the price structure, visit www.zerowastepgh.org or call the resources council at 412-488-7490, ext. 236.neigh_south - neigh_washington