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Board of Education discusses standardized testing impacts Vol. 160 No. 32

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By Evan Novella

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The average per day salary of substitute teacher took a positive leap from $75 to $85 effective at the start of the 2014-2015 tenative school year. Just as well, as several new items on the Central Cambria School District’s agenda were added to next year’s list, beginning with the application of new tests for the students in the coming years. The number of required statewide student tests is expected to increase in the coming school years as well, reaching as high as five (with an additional five as possible options for students that need them) by the 2020-

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2021 school year for all Pennsylvania districts, including local ones such as Central Cambria. The board members discussed the possibility of the increasing number of exams for their students, which went from one to two, and soon three, within the last few years, with the additional third exam being placed with the current PSSAs and Keystone tests. Concern was raised for the number of tests and how they directly affect the core curriculum for the district, the number of which Policy Committee Associate Geoffrey Pablic called “staggering,” with the seemingly cumbersome amount of exams the students will need

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to take during the year. “The preparation for the Keystones and PSSAs alone is heavy on the students’ workload. To add even more to the kids’ plates is a very daunting task for the teachers,” Pablic said.

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Pablic also went on to say that the amount of time needed to teach the students the planned curriculum, and at the same time prepare them for every one of the possible tests (Keystones and PSSAs mainly focus on the

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core basics — mathematics, reading and science), may be prohibitive, although the issue with the core basics lies within the introduction of the number SEE TESTING, PAGE 3A

Cambria supervisors discuss bids, permits By Cortney Mason

for Mainline Newspapers

On March 10, the Cambria Township supervisors began their meeting by approving the minutes from the previous regular meeting held on, Monday Feb. 24, to finalize the previous minutes and invoices and have a goal for finalization, for these minutes, at the March planning commission meeting. Open bids have been placed on various stone, limestone, gas, and diesel. Various forms of limestone were at a bid of $72,082.52; 2-A Slag and 2-a Limestone was at $6,200 for 500 lbs. of limestone and 2A slag is $5,200; heat and fuel is $94,349.30; gasoline is $3.05 and diesel is $3.78; and anti-skid Material is $18,750. The bids were motioned and seconded by the supervisors. Robert Shook, supervisor, made a motion to sign the non-building lot waiver for the Koban Subdivision. Tim Bracken, vice chairman, seconded the motion to sign. Keith Vasas, engineer, and Denny Govachini, solicitor, said to extend the request for a 90-day extension from Copart. The new expiration date is June 9. The supervisors discussed the change of meeting for April. The regular meeting of Monday, April 14, will be changed to Friday, April 11. A motion was made for the approval of the budget and treasurer’s report. There was a first and second motion, from Hoover and Bracken, to approve the bills owed and payroll as well. As the meeting continued, Vasas talked about the PNG facilities. The two pieces of the project are the Lakeview Road installation and the other is out to Cambria Care. Vasas said, “This project can be independent of the one to Cambria Care.” The requirements are met for the

Andi Moritz and Amanda Venesky of Ebensburg and Abi Enos of Johnstown hit the ice during the Cambria County 4-H ice skating party on Sunday, March 16, at the North Central Recreation Center in Ebensburg. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

Local clubs celebrate 4-H Week

By Rachel Vasilko

of Mainline Newspapers

Members of the Cambria County 4-H program gathered together at the North Central Recreation Center in Ebensburg on Sunday, March 16, for an ice skating party to kick off Pennsylvania 4-H Week, and to celebrate a new year of fun 4-H activities. The party-goers were joined on the ice by four

members of the Johnstown Tomahawks hockey team: Brett Young, Tommy Hall, Tyler Basham, and Dakoda Menslage. The party also included beverages (provided by Sheetz), snacks, and music. In addition, each 4-H member who attended the party brought a canned good for the local food pantry. Currently, there are over 100,000 4-H members in the state of Pennsylvania, including

CenCam students, faculty face off to support Relay for Life SEE CAMBRIA, PAGE 4A

By Justin Eger

of Mainine Newspapers

Though the high school basketball season has come and gone for 2014, those looking for a little bit more action on the hardwood will have one last chance next week, as Central Cambria High School stages a basketball game in support of the school’s annual Relay for Life fundraising. Unlike many of the games you’ve already seen or read about this year, this one comes with a twist, as on the night of March 26, Central Cambria’s best and brightest will square off against the people that teach them every day. “Some of Central Cambria’s

finest students and faculty will be competing against one another in two basketball games, boys and girls, to raise money for the district’s Relay for Life team,” explained Spanish teacher Nicole Shaffer, who also serves as Central Cambria’s Relay for Life representative. The idea of taking to the hardwood and pitting students against faculty is a new one for Central Cambria, and Shaffer said that it was developed large-

ly because the participants wanted to do something different to raise money for Relay for Life. Many schools, including Central Cambria, have tried things like candy sales and dances in the past, all with varying degrees of success. This year, though, Shaffer and her cohorts wanted to chance things up a little bit. “We wanted to do something different than the typical T-shirt or food sale fundraisers that are

so prominent in schools. We hope to get students excited about the fact that it’s something different so there’s a large turnout,” she explained. “The basketball game is supposed to be the faculty’s portion of fundraising. We’ve never done it before so we’re hoping it’s worthwhile but we won’t know, of course, until it’s over. The success of the game is highly dependent on how many people we can get to come out to sup-

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port this worthy cause.” In addition to the basketball games that will be the center of the action Wednesday night, organizers have pulled together a few other items in the hopes of drawing that much-needed bigger crowd. Shaffer said that the games will be supported by 50/50 ticket sales, a basket auction, games for elementary students, a half-court shot contest, SEE RELAY, PAGE 3A

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