Monday, February 18, 2013
Find out what's closed on this federal holiday.
Today is Presidents' Day! All state and federal government offices, including district magistrates, are closed Monday for the holiday. There will also be no U.S. Post mail delivery, while the state Wine & Spirit stores and banks will be closed. The Chartiers Valley School District will not have classes in observance of the holiday. Additionally, the state Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers—including its center in Chartiers Valley Shopping Center—will also be closed. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.
Monday, February 11, 2013
School district officials say they’re happy about the increased funding, but they’re also “concerned” that the boost is tied to one-time revenue generated from the possible sale of the state liquor stores.
At first glance, the $637,000 boost in state funding to the Chartiers Valley School District for next year seems promising. But while school district officials say they’re happy about the increase in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal, they’re also “concerned” that the boost in funding might not be sustainable. School officials are questioning whether the funding increase could be tied to one-time revenue generated from the possible sale of the state liquor stores. Chartiers Valley Superintendent Brian White Jr. said in a written statement emailed to Patch on Friday that the budget does not adequately solve long-term funding gaps. “We are pleased that the proposal does not cut education,” White said. “We are concerned that the revenues …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Chartiers Valley students might be getting used to these late starts at school. The frigid temperatures that are lingering in the region have prompted the Chartiers Valley School District to schedule another 2-hour delay for Wednesday morning.
Chartiers Valley students might be getting used to these late starts at school. The frigid temperatures that are lingering in the region have prompted the Chartiers Valley School District to schedule another 2-hour delay for Wednesday morning. Forecasters are predicting temperatures to be in the single digits with the high in the teens Wednesday. Tuesday brought bitter cold temperatures that hovered in the single digits in the morning, forcing the school district to schedule a late start. The school district announced the delay shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter
Monday, January 21, 2013
Bitter temperatures have prompted the Chartiers Valley School District to schedule a 2-hour delay for Tuesday morning.
The three-day weekend for Chartiers Valley students just got two hours longer. Bitterly cold temperatures and bone-chilling wind expected to roll into the region this week has prompted the Chartiers Valley School District to schedule a 2-hour delay for Tuesday morning. Forecasters are predicting temperatures to be in the single digits overnight with the high in the teens Tuesday. The school district posted the announcement on its website shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter
Friday, January 18, 2013
Collier Township has agreed to provide “school resource officers” for the Chartiers Valley middle/high school and primary campuses. Find out when they could being walking the halls of the schools.
Collier Township agreed to provide “school resource officers” for the Chartiers Valley middle/high school and primary campuses, and they could begin walking the halls as early as February. The commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a contract with the school district that outlines the roles of the police officers, who commands them and reimbursement to the township. This comes just a week after the township appeared to be taking its time to study the issue despite several area residents urging the commissioners to hire the school resource officers. Township Manager Sal Sirabella said they weren’t far from agreeing to the program, but a variety of factors accelerated the agreement. “It was a lot of work done between the …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A Collier Township official said there’s a “good chance” school resource officers could be working inside the Chartiers Valley middle/high and primary schools next year.
There’s a “good chance” school resource officers could be working inside the Chartiers Valley middle/high and primary schools next year. Collier Township commissioners and several Chartiers Valley School District officials met Wednesday to discuss implementing the program and the role the police officers would play while at the schools. Bob Schuler, president of the Collier Board of Commissioners, said they were concerned about making sure the township was ultimately in control of the police officers and that they weren’t just security guards. “It was a good meeting,” Schuler said. “A good discussion.” Chartiers Valley Superintendent Brian While Jr. and school directors Pam Poletti, Debbie Rice, Jamie Stevenson and Sandy Zeleznik met with …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The school district is working with police to place “school resource officers” inside the three campuses.
Chartiers Valley School District officials first thing Monday morning met with the police chiefs in Collier and Scott to review school security and how it can be improved. Superintendent Brian White Jr. spent the morning with Collier police Chief Tom Devin and Scott police Chief Jim Secreet and they discussed the possibility of adding a police officer to the district’s three school campuses. In a letter to parents Monday, White said they made the formal request to both police departments to have a “school resource officers” at the middle/high school, primary school and intermediate school. “The school district is making preparations to substantially fund this effort from our existing budget,” White wrote in the letter. The middle/high …
Monday, December 17, 2012
More than two dozen police officers from 19 departments trained in January on how to stop an "active shooter" at Chartiers Valley High School. The teachers also participated in the day-long training session.
This story originally appeared on Chartiers Valley Patch on Jan. 18, 2012. We're reposting it in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Even though area police officers have spent the past two years training how to stop a madman who’s opened fire in public, each scenario is different and the buildings they enter are often like mazes. That was the case in January when 28 officers from 19 neighboring police departments trained to stop an “active shooter” at Chartiers Valley High School. Although the situation wasn’t real, Findlay police Capt. Mark Joyce said the training gets your adrenaline running. “I wouldn’t say nothing surprises us because every building is different,” Joyce said. “Some buildings are set up like a maze and it…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Alternative Center for Education, which serves Chartiers Valley and many other local communities, could be shut down due to low student enrollment.
By the time she reached ninth grade, Emma Pasekoff was already falling through the cracks. The Mt. Lebanon High School teen fell in with the wrong crowd and lost interest in school. She began losing the respect of her parents, who thought she would never graduate. “I started losing hope for myself. I didn’t care about getting good grades,” said Pasekoff, 20, of Sewickley. “Everything was just immensely deteriorating.” As a last-ditch effort, the 10th grader decided with her parents and principals to try the Alternative Center for Education, a separate alternative school on the Parkway West Career and Technology Center campus. Pasekoff focused on schoolwork, took up the culinary arts program at Parkway and turned her situation around, going…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Chartiers Valley’s school bus driver and custodial union overwhelmingly approved the agreement and are awaiting the school board to ratify the contract.
Chartiers Valley’s school bus driver and custodial union overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement over the weekend. The Chartiers Valley Education Support Professionals union now must wait for the school board to formally ratify the contract, which could happen during tonight’s 7:30 p.m. workshop meeting. Butch Santicola, a spokesman for the union, said the school bus drivers and custodians voted Sunday by a “substantial margin” to accept the 4-year agreement. The two sides met Friday to finalize details of the contract after tough negotiations last school year that continued through the summer. Terms of the agreement were not available since the school board has not ratified the contract. “The members accepted it. That says enough …