Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]

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The district has terminated its contract for outsourcing technology needs with VARtek Services, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio.

Beginning July 1, the district will adopt an in-house technology support staff. Deputy Superintendent Michael Ghilani said the move would save about $350,000.

Directors also waived formal policy readings and approved a revised policy related to field trips.

By doing so, students in grades K-4 to will be able to attend one field trip outing during this school year. Previously, the district had discontinued the practice of annual grade-level field trips at the elementary schools as a money saving measure.


Elementary students in all buildings will have a two-hour delay Monday because of asbestos abatement work during the nine-day spring break at J. A. Allard and J. H. Brooks elementary schools.

Teachers and staff will report at their regular time, providing teachers at the affected schools with additional time to unpack instructional materials prior to the start of school.

"During our many conversations, our teachers had suggested the delay schedule for Monday in order to minimize the disruption to instruction," Superintendent Curt Baker said.

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Start time of the Tuesday Coffee with Curt session has been changed to 1 p.m. because of a conflict with National Honor Society induction.

The monthly informal community session providing information about the district's programs, school board actions, curriculum and staff changes will be held in the central office board room, 8353 University Boulevard, Moon.

Space is limited. Reservations: 412-264-9440, extension 1106 or

? Full-day preschool services will be offered for the 2015-16 school year in the Richard J. Hyde Educational Resource Center.

The program, in partnership with Robert Morris University and the Sewickley Valley YMCA, will be aligned with Pennsylvania's learning standards for early childhood education in preparation for a successful transition to kindergarten. …

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