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Freshmen Nicole Stengel, Brianna Oddi and Megan Blackwell -- all officers of the National Junior Honor Society -- coordinated an Angels for Sandy Hook program consisting of paper cut-outs of angels that were sold for $1 throughout the high school and elementary schools to benefit families of victims of the recent Connecticut school shooting incident.

The angels were displayed in the high school cafeteria as a visual image to display compassion. Nearly $700 was raised.

The money, along with letters of condolences written by students in the ninth-grade scholars English class, will be sent to Connecticut and designated for school supplies.

Moon Area

Directors reversed themselves during a seven-minute meeting Monday night and unanimously approved a $64.4 million preliminary budget they had voted down by a 5-3 vote Feb. 11. The reversal allows the option to increase taxes by up to 2 percent, the index value allowed by Act 1.

Board members had previously voted down the proposal to eliminate the ability to raise real estate taxes. This was done "due to incorrect advice," said Director Jerry Testa, speaking of the Feb. 11 vote. The board met Monday -- two days before the state-mandated deadline for adopting a preliminary budget,

The board's latest vote means property owners in Moon and Crescent may see a tax increase of no more than .3561 mills or $35.61 per $100,000 valuation of real estate for the 201314 budget.

Directors said they will do everything they can to make sure taxes are not raised. Currently, there is a budget shortfall of $2.5 million. The budget deadline is June 30.

Total estimated fund balance, revenues and other funding resources for 2013-14 is at about $69.17 million.

The preliminary spending plan shows an estimated fund balance of $7.61 million beginning July 1. A balance of approximately $4.75 million is expected to remain by June 30, 2014.

Parkway West

Parkway West Career & Technology Center will offer two new courses and various industry related certifications for 2013-14.

An electrical systems technology course will prepare students in the instruction of the layout, assembly, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of electrical systems found in residential, commercial and light industrial locations.

This program, along with HVAC/R, masonry and welding technology, will be a part of construction cluster programming, allowing first-time students to experience four construction related programs before declaring a chosen program of study.

The veterinary technology program will prepare students to work in entry-level positions aiding a veterinarian and provide a solid base on which to pursue a post-secondary degree or advanced certifications.

In addition to offering Pennsylvania's Nurse Aide Registry certification and the Personal Care Home Direct Care Staff exam, both phlebotomy technician and pharmacy technician certifications will be available to seniors.

Nail technician and cosmetology teacher licenses will be offered through the cosmetology program.

South Fayette

About 140 musicians from 55 schools will present a concert at 2 p.m. Saturday to culminate the two-day Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Junior High Band Festival in the high school theatre, Old Oakdale Road.

Guest conductor will be James Gourlay, general director of the River City Brass Band.

Tickets are $5. Information: 412-221-4542.



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