Friday, June 8, 2012
A roundup of the week's top stories.
Here are this week's top stories from the Patch sites in our region: Councilman Threatened With Shotgun Assault, Trespassing Charges Against Former Highmark CEO Withdrawn Tax Dollars Pay for Cyber Charter School Ads Dormont Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
As the state House considers a proposed Charter and Cyber Charter School Reform Bill, Canon-McMillan officials question whether public tax dollars should be used to support these schools.
Joe Zupancic wonders why taxpayers aren't outraged when they view billboards along the highways, newspaper ads or television commercials—or hear radio spots—for Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. It's their tax monies paying for those ads to recruit students away from Canon-McMillan and other public school districts, the C-M school board director said in an interview with Patch. "As a school board member, if I voted to pay $2,000 a month (for an advertisement) to get students to come back to Canon-McMillan, my taxpayers would roast me over an open fire. It outrages me because those are the same tax dollars that should go to the education of our (C-M) kids." The Charter and Cyber Charter School Reform Bill introduced in the Pennsylvania …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The board passed a resolution supporting the state initiative on Monday.
Joe Zupancic said the Pennsylvania School Boards Association initiative is simple: Get the good news out there about public education. That’s why he introduced a resolution to support for Stand Up For Education—one that passed by a vote of 6-0 during the Canon-McMillan School Board’s meeting Monday. Directors Zeffie Carroll, Robert Malwitz and Darla Bowman-Monaco were absent. “The idea was that there needs to be a movement singing the praises of public education,” Zupancic explained to fellow school directors before the vote. “There needs to be an (outpouring) of good publicity.” The resolution reads in part: “The Canon-McMillan School District continues to maintain and improve its rigorous academic program with 87.5 percent of all …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here are full results for the Canon-McMillan School Board race.
Two incumbents have retained their seats on the Canon-McMillan School Board. In Canonsburg, Manuel Pihakis, a Democrat, received 97.6 percent of the vote. He ran unopposed. In North Strabane, incumbent Democrat Joe Zupancic retained his seat with 41.7 percent of the vote. Maureen Helinsky, a Republican, also won a seat on the board with 34.1 percent of the vote. In Cecil, Mark E. Dopudja, who won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in the spring, won a four-year term with 51.8 percent of the vote. Michael V. Caporizzo also won, having received 47.8 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The board of supervisors met last week—here are five things that happened that you need to know.
1. Canon-McMillan School Director Joe Zupancic stood up under the public-comment section of the North Strabane Township's Tuesday meeting to tell the board about a new outreach program through the Pennsylvania School Boards Association called Stand Up For Public Education. "This year there has been a lot of negative press about public education," he told those in attendance. "We're trying to get the good news out that public schools do." Zupancic said the Canon-McMillan school board is slated to pass a resolution supporting the Stand Up For Public Education program, and will be asking for community support. "I don't know that the public knows the jewel they have in the Canon-McMillan School District," he said, adding that its test scores …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The district joins with Washington County in asking the North Strabane venue to turn over discovery documents.
Canon-McMillan school directors voted unanimously Monday to authorize attorney Dave Andrews to file a motion in Washington County court compelling The Meadows Racetrack & Casino to produce income records that impact tax revenue due to the district. According to a press release from the district, this action has been forced because the Meadows refuses to release its income information to Canon-McMillan and the county. The information is necessary for the appraiser to accurately give an opinion of the property's value, the district said in a statement. Multiple board members spoke up sharing their dismay for the situation. “Our press release says we are disappointed that The Meadows (is) requiring us to go to court to try to compel them to …