McKeesport basketball coach Gadson to retire

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McKeesport Area High School's head varsity basketball coach Corey Gadson is retiring at the end of this school year.

Board members approved his resignation for the 2014-15 school year at Wednesday's legislative board meeting. Mr. Gadson has been with the district for nine seasons and has a record of 149-72, according to the district's website.

The board also approved several student summer programs, including a summer school program sponsored through the YMCA of McKeesport and a credit recovery program for grades 10 through 12.

The Consortium for Public Education will be conducting a routine audit of the 21st Century Community Learning Grant given to the district. The organization requires an annual external audit of funds granted to school districts. It also provides a task force to conduct the audit for a nominal fee.

Buildings and grounds committee chair Scott Smith updated board members on a deduction of $62,109 in the Founders Hall Middle School construction costs. The construction project started in October and is anticipated to be completed by January 2015.

The district's high school principal Mark Holtzman is pushing an initiative for the upcoming school year to improve student attendance, education and legislation policy committee chair Mary Jane Keller said, including a policy change in defining excused absences and increased parent outreach.

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