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Vol. 163 No. 39

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Ebensburg, Pa.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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32 Pages

County controller’s office rolls out transparency page By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

Before ending the meeting May 10, Cambria County president commissioner Tom Chernisky turned the floor over to first deputy controller Kristine Segear for a special presentation on a new page the county rolled out that same day. “The controller’s office has been working since late 2017 on creating a county transparency page,” Segear said. By navigating to the county website [cambriacountypa.gov] and clicking on the “County Transparency” item under

the “Most Requested” tab, a user is taken to the new transparency page created by the controller’s office. From here there are six featured questions like “What are the county’s revenues and expenses?” and the “Outstanding debt by year.” By clicking on any of these, a user is taken to an OpenGov site with the information requested. Below the six questions are “All Questions,” which have a slew of information broken down into sections like financial, retirement system and outstanding checks. At the bottom of the page is a FAQ section about how to use OpenGov and general information

about the county budgets, proprietary funds and fiduciary funds. All of these links provide comprehensive reports on the information requested. Segear explained that all of these charts can also be changed from bar graphs to line graphs and more. By hovering over each section, the amount of each will pop up on the screen. Each report ranges from last year back to 2011. Segear said there wasn’t a plan to go back any further. The various reports are going to be updated on a weekly basis throughout the year, and some will only be updated once or twice a year, like the assessed values which won’t change much in

CenCam school board members continue work on separating athletics

one year. One of the sections Segear featured was that of fatal overdoses in the county. By clicking on this and scrolling to the bottom on the left, a user can then break down the information further. It can be viewed by race, gender, age range and substance. Filters can also be applied if searching for a specific category. “It’s very dynamic. You can drill down as close as you want to or you can get more of an overall view,” Segear said about the information. Segear stated that the controller’s office has plans to add more reports, SEE PAGE, PAGE 2A

Debate focuses on private vs. public schools

By Allie Garver

of Mainline Newspapers

Almost one year ago, the Central Cambria School Board of Directors decided to take on the issue of boundary-bound schools versus nonboundary bound schools in high school athletics. At the May 7 meeting, board member Dennis Simmers brought up the issue again and wanted to update the board members about any movement on the topic. Simmers said that he attended an advocacy day in Harrisburg April 16 and the public and private schools debate was broached. According to Simmers, the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League recently surveyed public schools, and over 80 percent of those schools said there is a problem. “Most recently, the executive director of the PIAA [Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association] met with two Pennsylvania state senators, that was on April 24, at their request just to kind of hammer out what they thought the issues were,” said Simmers. “The PIAA is a tough one, and they’re pretty much saying the legislators have to fix it.” Board member Thomas Woods added,

By Kristin Baudoux of Mainline Newpapers

“Everybody keeps pushing it in different directions. So what needs to happen is a legislator needs to bring a bill forward and take it to a vote.” Simmers said that even in Cambria County, there are a few districts who agree with the Central Cambria School Board on this matter. “We certainly don’t have anything against private schools, it’s just a real issue out there that everybody seems unwilling to touch,” said Simmers. “It just seemed like there were boiling pots all over the state and they’re beginning to galvanize this effort.” Woods explained that although there are legislators out there who think it’s a “nice idea,” no one is willing to put through legislation to change it. “It just makes no sense,” said Woods. “[There’s] all this data suggesting that people want this done, and somebody isn’t willing to write the bill and bring it up for debate,” said Woods. Simmers acknowledged that he sat in senator Wayne Langerholc Jr.’s office during advocacy day and “pitched the greatest deal ever — this is

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Gwendolyn Golden and Carter McCoy get ready to play some games at Holy Name’s Healthy Hawk Walk May 11. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Holy Name School hosts Healthy Hawk Walk

Holy Name Catholic School students spent the morning of May 11 walking through downtown Ebensburg for their annual Healthy Hawk Walk. This is the fifth year for the schools’ annual walk, which is a fundraiser for the school and is organized by parent volunteers and the Home-School Association. Not only does the event raise funds, but it also teaches the students about striving for a healthy lifestyle. Colleen Mullen is one of the coordinators of the annual event. “Every year the money goes

strictly to the kids,” said Mullen. Mullen said that this year, some of the funds will be going toward new technology at the school, including new iPads. Holy Name teacher Cathy Lykens said that this is the fifth year for the event. “It’s a large fundraiser for the Home-School Association,” said Lykens. Lykens said that the students and local sponsors raised $20,816 for the school. “The funds will be used for supplies, updates and enrichment programs for the students.” Mullen said that they have extended the fundraiser until Friday, if anyone still wishes to donate. The Healthy Hawk Walk is comprised of three loops around downtown Ebensburg. All departments except for the preschool children walk the SEE WALK, PAGE 11A

SEE ATHLETICS, PAGE 5A

Holy Name students Karli Schoop (front row, from left), Emma Hale, Eden Marines, Ava Barra, Olivia Polchito, (back row) Ella Lytle and Haley Hurtack get ready to walk around Ebensburg as part of Holy Name School’s Healthy Hawk Walk held May 11. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

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