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Vol. 116 No. 9

 USPS 326-480

Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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A concerned parent addressed the Penn Cambria School Board during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in regard to a proposal for school bus stop changes within the district. Jennifer Cadwallader, with the support of her husband, spoke to the board, asking that the directors approve the changes despite the bus route policies already in place. Cadwallader stated that her sister-in-law, Diana Crossman, is no longer able to walk or drive four school-aged children to the bus stop as it currently stands, because she also has three younger children in her care, as well. She is unable to drive because there are not

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APVTS committee approves student expulsion after January gun incident By Rachel Vasilko

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During the regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, the Admiral Peary Vo-Tech Joint Operating Committee approved the one-year expulsion of the student who was recently found carrying a 9mm handgun at school. “We’re looking to make retroactive student discipline,” said Admiral Peary executive director Ken Jubas. Jubas explained to the board that procedure had been carried out in accordance with the student handbook, stating that the incident falls under an Act 26 weapons violation. The punishment for such a violation is no less than a one-year expulsion from the school. The student was found with a gun in the waistband of his pants on Jan. 24. He had told administrators that he had brought the gun for protection because he felt threatened by another student. He was automatically suspended for 10 days pending an expulsion hearing. Jubas told the board that the student and his grandmother accepted the expulsion without any objections or dispute to the facts presented during the meeting with Jubas. “They are very remorseful, actually,” Jubas said. The board retroactively approved the expulsion of the student from Admiral Peary, effective February 2014 through February 2015.

Because the student is a minor, he will be identified in the meeting’s minutes by his Pennsylvania secure identification number. During the discussion, board chairwoman Donell Jacoby spoke up, stating that the administration at Admiral Peary had failed to alert the superintendents of the sending schools when the incident occurred in January. She said that the schools were unaware of what had happened until it was reported on the news that evening. “Could we have a heads up to our

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superintendents’ office if it would happen again?” Jacoby asked. “I’ll certainly acknowledge that recommendation,” Jubas said, adding that out of the entire incident, he only received two phone calls about how it was handled. Jubas said that while the situation was being handled, it was already late in the school day, and when it was finally under control all of the students had already been dismissed for the day. SEE EXPULSION, PAGE 4A (814) 472-4110

PC School Board hears concerns for bus routes Since 1898

By Rachel Vasilko

Courtesy Turners of Johnstown visited John Paul II Manor in Cresson on Friday, Feb. 21, to perform a number of square dancing routines for the residents there. The group, who are members of the Somerset 4-H Club, ranges in age from 12 to 18. The dancers have recently competed at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. It is their third year performing at nursing homes across the area. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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enough seats in the car, and the cold temperatures deter her from walking the children to the bus stop. “The well being of our children is our priority,” said Cadwallader. “As Ms. Crossman is no longer able to take the children to the stop, we are concerned they will miss the bus,” adding that if the children did miss the bus they would be absent from school that day with no other means of transportation to get them there. Cadwallader asked that the bus route be changed so that, instead of the bus stopping at the bottom of the hill, it drive up the hill, stopping midway at Adele Street to pick up one child. The bus would then con-

Gallitzin Boro discusses winter maintenance By Rachel Vasilko

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“Things are going pretty good. We’re trying to keep up with the storms,” reported street commissioner Larry Bem. The statement came when he was asked about the recent upkeep of the roads during the Gallitzin Borough Council meeting on Feb. 12. Bem reported that it has been difficult to keep the roads clear during the recent winter storms because of the hard-to-predict nature of the weather. He also disputed a claim that the roads had not been cleared, and that Penn Cambria school buses were being stalled, stating that the roads had been cleared earlier in the morning. Bem mentioned that the state roads were untouched until PennDot plowed around noon. “This hasn’t been an easy winter,”


said council president Roger Renninger. Bem reported to council that the biggest problem in keeping the roads clear is the number of Gallitzin residents who blow the snow from their sidewalks and driveways back into the road. “What’s the point?” Bem said. “The guys are getting disgusted because they have to go back through after the roads have been cleared.” Councilman JJ Madonna asked Bem why the shifts have still not been split, a suggestion council had made during a similar discussion at the meeting in December. Bem replied that he already covers the night shifts between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. because he is awake, and he needs the other employees to cover


Brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Saint Francis University took a dive into the icy waters of Lake Saint Francis on Friday, Feb. 21 for the annual Polar Plunge. The fraternity raised over $1,200 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Rachel Vasilko.

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