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Carrolltown Firemen’s Jubilee School districts receive
Vol. 120 No. 33
Northern Cambria, Pa.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
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Pre-K Counts grant funds By Megan Riner
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Vinny Borruto and Richie Duron, both of Carrolltown, enjoy the Carrolltown Firemen’s Jubilee on Friday, Aug. 9. The Jubilee lasted three days and featured food and drinks, games, rides, inflatables, live music, and fireworks. Photo by Megan Riner.
Both the Cambria Heights and Northern Cambria School Districts are among a list of 159 recipients across Pennsylvania that will share an $84.5 million Pre-K Counts early education grant. The grant is expected to help nearly 12,000 children throughout the state. Of the $84.5 million, Cambria Heights will be receiving $133,620 and Northern Cambria will be receiving $78,200. This is the sixth year that Cambria Heights has been awarded the grant. Cambria Heights Superintendent Michael Strasser said the district is “thrilled to be re-upped for the grant.” The students enrolled in the Pre-K Counts program at Cambria Heights go for a full day of learning from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The students learn numbers, different colors, how to count, and “above all else social skills.” Strasser believes early childhood education is benefi-
cial for long term education because it “provides opportunities for the children to get a head start.” “It has been a valuable program for us,” Strasser explained. “It has done wonders.” The Northern Cambria School District has also been awarded the grant for six years now. At their Pre-K Counts program, the students go for half of a day of learning. Dr. Joy Tibbott, Director of Education for Northern Cambria School District, said that the school is thankful for the grant. She is very happy with the program and stated that it definitely helps the students. Tibbott explains that the students enrolled in the Pre-K Counts program feel more adjusted to the school climate by the time they get to kindergarten. There are more academic and developmental gains for the students in areas such as prereading and pre-math. The lines of communication between fam-
Northern Cambria sets Jubilee Fire Queen, Princess crowned teachers for start of year Jewett, Behe named Board members question new staff hiring procedures By Sarah Wolford
of Mainline Newspapers
After a tough budgetary process, the Northern Cambria School District has begun to look ahead to the coming year and the changes that need to be made. With the retirement of Marilyn Wargo, the former director of curriculum and federal programs and acting principal of the elementary middle school, positions at the administrative level have shifted at Northern Cambria. Dr. Joy Tibbott was recently named the director of education and special education, leaving her previous position as the high school principal. Andrew Paronish was named the new high school principal, leaving his past position as a teacher in the district. Interim superintendent Rodney Green explained during a special meeting of the school board on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that a number of moves had to be made to fill in gaps from these, and other, shifts in the district’s staff. Other changes were being made, he said, due to the changes in programs and serv-
ices that were decided upon through the budget process. Karen Laney will move from third grade to second grade for the 2013-14 school year. Green said that Laney requested the transfer. “The request was received by the administration, and we think it fits the district,” Green said. “She has taught second grade before, and we believe it will be a good fit.” Lisa Zavrskey will transfer from fifth grade to third grade this school year. “Mrs. Zavrskey has previous experience teaching third grade,” explained Green. “It’s a critical year; the first year for state assessment tests. We want an experienced teacher there, and we felt she was right for the position.” Leonard Palmisano will move from high school librarian to fifth grade this fall. “This move was the result of budgetary action,” said Green. “We’re moving from two librarians to one. Mr. Palmisano has a number of years experience in elementary and is familiar with the staff and the age group,” he said, adding that Palmisano is SEE TEACHERS, PAGE 5A
SEE GRANT, PAGE 4A
By Megan Riner of Mainline News
The Carrolltown Firemen’s Jubilee had its annual Fire Queen and Fire Princess Contest at the Fire Company’s Banquet Hall on Friday night. Five young ladies competed in the Fire Princess Contest. They were judged on poise, personality, confidence, appearance, and questions. Each contestant was asked two questions: What was their favorite thing that they did this summer and what is their favorite thing about school. Emily Behe of Carrolltown was crowned Fire Princess. Devan Jewett of Carrolltown was crowned Fire Queen. Jewett will be starting her senior year at Cambria Heights High School in Patton this fall. Upon graduation she plans to attend Grove City College, majoring in pre-law and minoring in political science. The winners received a tiara and a bouquet of flowers, as well as a cash prize. Behe and Jewett were excited about becoming the 2013 Fire Princess and Fire Queen. “It feels awesome!” said Jewett. The Fire Queen Contest is a tradition that dates back to the first Firemen’s Jubilee. The Princess Contest was added a few years ago.
Emily Behe (left) and Devan Jewett take the throne as they begin their new roles as Fire Princess and Fire Queen. Photo by Megan Riner.
“It is a cute way for the younger girls to get involved in the contest,” said Sue Byrne, Banquet Hall Manager. The contest also brings many people to the Jubilee as well as into the Banquet Hall, where a basket auction was being held. There were approximately 140 baskets. “It’s a money maker for us,” said Byrne. The Fire Queen and Princess rode in the tractor parade on Saturday and in the parade on
Sunday. The girls were all smiles as they waved to the crowd watching the parades. The Carrolltown Fire Engine Company was chartered in 1894. It serves the Borough of Carrolltown and East and West Carroll Townships. The threeday Jubilee featured rides, games, inflatables, fireworks, food and drinks, and of course, the parades. Many people came out to support the Fire Engine Company.