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School Board and Council: Primary Election Tuesday

Primary election for running candidates on both school board and council will be held tomorrow. There are four seats up for election on school board and council. Running for school board are incumbents Anthony Buzzelli, Kathy Pansera and Renee Pitrelli who will be running against newcomers Norm Boots, Kathy McCommons and Barbra Wilson. Running for council are Republican incumbents Council President Connie MacDonald and Council Vice President David DeCaria, Democratic incumbent Councilwoman Michele Lamenza running against Republican newcomers Rob Brough, John Cress, Brandon Fisher and Lisa Gurrera and Democratic newcomers James Barry, Caleb Cragle, John Pansera and Bryan Vincent. Both…


Ellwood City School Board August Meeting Brief

The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Area School Board meeting held on Aug. 11: Awards/Recognition The following teachers received EcoLab Visions of Learning Teacher Grants for the 2016-17 school year: Jill Folino- $1071 for 72 sets of headphones for classroom tablets Dana Stelitano- $500 online computer program for speech Seth Rosenberger- $2287 materials designated for learning through kinesthetics Chris Costa- $3000 designated for use of the Mark lab Facility at Perry Megan Berty- $2987 designated for PA Common Core Standards Materials Brittany Severn- $2586 for reading resource books Sheery Shearer- $2100 hands on learning for reading,…


Ellwood City School Board June Meeting Brief

The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Area School Board meeting held on June 13: Moment of Silence At the request of Board Member Anthony Buzzelli, the school board held an additional moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 13. Announcements Remedial summer school will be held from June 20 to July 29. There will be no school on July 4. There will be a board meeting on June 27 to approve the budget. Awards/Recognition The board and administration congratulated the softball team and coach Gary Rozanski for winning the…


Ellwood School District Survey Taking Input from Parents and Students

The Ellwood City Area School District board has implemented a survey seeking input from parents, students and teachers. The surveys are three to five questions and primarily open-ended. The parent and student surveys can be accessed by anyone on the district website. The purpose of the survey is to gauge the district’s strengths and weaknesses and gather new ideas. Initially there was no end date for the surveys, but at Thursday’s meeting, Vice President Matt Morella proposed the surveys end on June 2, the last day of the school year, which was approved.  


Ellwood School Board Takes No Action on Athletic Director

Over a dozen visitors filled into the board room on Monday, May 9 to support Athletic Director Darrin Morella, who had offered his letter of resignation to the Ellwood City Area School Board. Although approving the resignation was slated as part of yesterday’s voting meeting agenda, the motion was removed in the interim. Because Morella’s contract is a personnel matter, it is exempt from Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law. The board may hold discussions under executive session and doesn’t have to provide information to the public. However, several visitor comments and unofficial statements indicated a raise was at the heart of…


Ellwood City School Board May Meeting Brief

The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Area School Board meeting held on Thursday, May 12. Recognition The district and administration congratulated the varsity softball team and head coach Gary Rozanski. The team finished the season 16-0, won the section and are ranked #1 in the WPIAL Class AA by the Beaver County Times. They will begin the playoff season at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Seneca Valley against the winner of a Neshannock vs. Waynesburg Central game on Monday. Revenue/Finance The board rejected a motion to pass the 2016-17 proposed preliminary general fund budget in…


Ellwood City School Board Meeting Brief for April

The following is a brief summary of the Ellwood City Area School Board meeting held on April 14: Recognition: The board recognized junior Taylor Petrak for finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle at the swimming PIAA Championship at Bucknell University. Petrak has now earned five PIAA state medals, more than any athlete in Ellwood City history. Congratulations! Personnel Timothy Robinson was approved as a bus driver for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year and the 2016-17 school year. The board approved six student teachers for the 2016-17 school year. The board approved the…


Ellwood City School Board to Interview Candidates for Basketball Coaches

Boys and Girls Basketball Coaches The Ellwood City school board will interview two candidates each for the positions of boys and girls basketball head coaches. The positions were open since Jolene Krupa and James Kosior resigned in following the 2015-16 season. The positions may be filled at today’s meeting. Video Highlight Board for Helling Stadium At the board’s agenda meeting on Monday, Athletic Director Darin Morella presented a proposal to install a video highlight board at Helling Stadium. Although Morella estimated the board would cost between $7,000 and $35,000, he emphasized he was looking for ways of negating the price,…


Ellwood City School Board to Consider Athletic Apparel Deal

At its voting meeting tonight, the Ellwood City school board will consider allowing Walmart and Kmart to sell Ellwood City school district-themed clothing. The agreement would be negotiated through Pel Industries, an athletic apparel company. During the board’s agenda meeting on Monday, Business Manager Richard Zarone said the district had attempted a similar arrangement before with a different company, but it hadn’t worked out. The school would receive eight percent royalties from sales. Vice President Matt Morella was concerned that such an arrangement would hurt local businesses. Board member Kathy Pansera noted that Beaver County Walmarts already sell t-shirts for…