CMYK WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012
THE ABINGTON JOURNAL♦CLARKS SUMMIT, PA
A.H. approves Special Education director
Trail grad receives scholarship Amanda M. Stone, Factoryville, has been selected to receive the Richard E. Blouse Jr. and Elaine N. Blouse Scholarship for the Study of Business. Stone, a Lackawanna Trail graduate, will attend Millersville University to study business marketing. Stone pursued a college preparatory load of courses in high school including honors algebra I and II, trigonometry, pre-calculus, English, Spanish III, environmental science, biology, chemistry and world history. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the Interact Club throughout high school. Through her involvement in the Interact Club, a part of the Wyoming County Rotary Club, she helped with charitable drives and fundraisers including Purple Pinky for Polio, Adopt a Family and yearly food drives at Thanksgiving.
teacher is absolutely a money loser.” CLARKS SUMMIT- The Mahon added that the district Abington Heights School also recently had a middle Board accepted the registration school math teacher announce of Director of Special Educaresignation. According to Mation, Kim Stevens, effective hon, the administration plans to July 19, by a vote of 8-0. The move a teacher from the high board also voted, 8-0, to apschool to fill the spot. This point David Jagger as the new move will result in a reduction Director of Special Education of the math clinic at the high at $80,000. Board member school, a program that offers Louise Brzuchalski was absent students math help during free from the meeting. periods. Abington Heights SuperinIf the teacher is not replaced, tendent of Schools Dr. Michael it will be the district’s 23rd Mahon announced at the Aug. 1 teaching position lost through meeting that the district was attrition in the last three years. able to reduce funds spent on “We are very uncomfortable overtime pay from $62,507 in with the elementary school 2010-11 to $20,725 in 2011-12 cuts,” Mahon said. “We have with five fewer full-time custo- class sizes that are too big, but dians and one fewer part-time had we not made the cuts we custodian. would be in a desperate posi“Through the work of our tion.” human resources directors and Board member Frank Santodirector of maintenance, we riello said he thinks not replaclooked at it in a different way ing the math teacher would be a and found overtime was being detriment to the students. paid by and large on Satur“We are in the business of days,” Mahon said. “We decid- education and now we are started to use a rotating schedule ing to get to the tipping point where individuals who worked where our expenses are overfive days a week would take off shadowing our educational one night during the week and value,” he said. “I can’t support come in on Saturday.” not replacing this one position. Mahon announced that the I think this would be a teacher administration is in the process salary well spent.” of interviews for a vacancy in Mahon explained the adminspecial education. The district istration’s rationale for all perneeds a teacher for its autistic sonnel decision. support class. “We approach every decision “The class is well subscribed, with what is of the least impact we even get students from out- (to the district),” he said. “We side the school district,” Mahon continually try to minimize the said. “For us not to have this impact.”
BY ROBERT TOMKAVAGE
ABINGTON JOURNAL/JESSIE FOX
A.H. club holds car wash at Moe’s
The Abington Heights High School Ecology Club hosted a car wash fundraiser July 28 at Moe’s in Clarks Summit to raise money for the upcoming school year. The group was filled with old and new members and graduates. Shown, in no particular order, are: Kristen Neuhausel, Mikayla Spott, Kayla Thorpe, Brandon Ostrowski, Faith Purdy, Catherine Simakaski, Rishi Mulloth, Noah Shapiro, Sean Salmon, Holly Beppler, Raeva Mulloth, Brian Mattern, Taya Black, Rachel Ownens, Ryan Kresge, Kyle Kocsis, Maddie Belknap, Natalie Belknap, Michael Freidlin.
Church partners with its community Summit Baptist Bible Church, Clarks Summit, is reaching out to orphans in Kenya and is seeking the local community involvement. The church’s children’s ministry plans to present a play this Christmas to help provide shoes for orphans in Kenya. The Christmas program, called “The Christmas Shoe Tree,” is partnering with Encouragement Inc. to collect the shoes.. The church is seeking students ages 4-13 from the community. Students will have the opportunity to act, sing and learn more about God each The cast and crew of a previous children’s production at Summit Baptist Bible Church gather on stage. night as they prepare for their performance. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 9, from 5:30 to performance. and donations will be collect- pating in the program is asked 7:30 p.m., and will be held The performance will be ed for the Kenyan orphans. to send an e-mail to summiteach Sunday evening until the free to the community. Shoes Anyone interested in partici- firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.H. taxes mailed The 2012 School Real Estate Tax Bills for Abington Heights School District have been mailed to Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Newtown, North Abington, Ransom, South Abington and Waverly property owners. Taxpayers are entitled to a two percent discount if theirbill is paid by Sept. 30. Full
payment is due Nov.30. After that date, a 10 percent penalty is imposed. All bills not paid in full by Dec. 31, will be referred to Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., Norristown, Pa . For taxpayers choosing to pay in three installments, the deadlines are Sept. 15, Oct. 31 and Nov. 30.
Trail Rotary co-hosts conference Trail Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of The Stroudsburgs co-chaired the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference) at Keystone College. Five students from Lackawanna Trail High School were invited to attend. Shown, from left: Trail Rotary president, Don Demarest, Devon Clarke, David Brown, Lindsay Bergey, Madeline Giardina SUBMITTED PHOTO/LISA LOGAN CLOUGH and Trail Rotary’s Barbara Petty on graduation day, July 12. Katie Seigle is absent from photo.
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