Edward Mantich, a mathematics instructional coach in the McKeesport Area School District, has been hired as curriculum director/data and testing coordinator. School directors approved an $84,000 starting salary on Oct. 18. Directors Betsy Tassaro and Sharon Wilson were absent.
He will work with faculty and administration to write an ongoing curriculum and will evaluate the testing data to learn what skill competencies the students are lacking with the primary goal to increase test scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and Keystone exams.
• School directors have entered into an agreement with Jon Thomas of Thomas & Williamson to serve as construction manager for the district's building renovations. Cost of the agreement is being discussed.
Board members Betsy Tassaro, Ray Walkowiak and Jim Shriver have been working with superintendent Gary Peiffer to create a priority list for the work. Renovations are expected at Crafton Elementary, Carnegie Elementary and the junior-senior high school.
The high school drama club will present "101 Dalmatians" and "The Big Bad Musical" at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday-Nov. 10 in the auditorium of the high school, 8353 University Blvd. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. The students, including 18 from the elementary schools, will perform the Disney classic, followed by a comedy that puts the Big Bad Wolf on trial for his misdeeds.
Shows are 45 minutes. Tickets are $8 for seniors and students and $10 for adults.
Presale tickets are available outside the high school cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday through next Thursday and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are also available at the door.
• Directors on Monday night approved the capital reserve fund purchase of a used riding floor scrubber for $11,750 through Pitt Chemical. The scrubber comes with a three-year warranty and has 37 hours on the meter. A new unit costs approximately $14,500.
Directors will hold a public hearing during the board's workshop meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday to discuss removing board member Joseph Vojtecky for lack of participation.
Mr. Vojtecky's absence over the past three months and a spotty attendance record prior to voting at the July meeting has prompted the action. Director Edward Maritz Jr. said an email and a letter were sent to Mr. Vojtecky addressing the absences, but no response has been received. The meeting will be in the high school cafeteria, Valley Street, Stowe.
• High school sidewalk repairs costing $10,850 will be completed by Satira Construction of Verona along Valley Street.
Directors are asking that no one park on the sidewalk once repairs are completed. Signs will be erected.