WINTER WEATHER: Early Dismissal at Lincoln, Hartman Scheduled

On Friday, 01/12/18 the ECASD will be on an ACT 80 early dismissal due to pending freezing rain. Lincoln and Hartman will be dismissed @ 11:15 Perry and NS will be dismissed @ 12:00. All after school activities are canceled.

VIDEO: Lincoln High Choir Sings at Community Plaza

Students of the Lincoln High choir took stage at the Community Plaza in downtown Ellwood to sing Christmas carols. Check out the photos and video below taken by our journalist, Cassandra Douglas.  

Bernstine Announces Safe Schools Grants for Laurel School District, Lawrence County Vo-Tech

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced nearly $150,000 in Safe Schools Grants have been awarded to Laurel School District and Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. “Our students deserve to learn in an environment free from violence and crime,” Bernstine said. “The investments we make in academic programs mean nothing if our kids and teachers aren’t safe. These grants will help protect students and ensure taxpayer dollars used to support our schools can be prioritized in the classroom.” Laurel School District received a $20,000 Safe Schools Equipment Grant and a $57,390 School Police/Resource Officer Grant. Lawrence County Career and Technical…

A Response to the Ellwood City School District on Outsourcing and Negotiations

Julie Blust, a representative of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, and on behalf of The Ellwood City School District Workers Bargaining Committee, released a response to the Ellwood City School District outsourcing negotiations over the weekend. “We found the School District’s account of our contract negotiations to be worryingly inaccurate so we feel that it is important to set the record straight,” Blust begins in her statement which reads as follows. For anyone who has not been following this issue closely, last year the School District made the alarming announcement that they would like to outsource school district jobs,…

Local Communities Observe National School Bus Safety Week

Today concludes National School Bus Safety Week – a week that schools and communities around the nation partake in to raise awareness of school bus safety. “Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety,” the National Association for Pupil Transport’s site states. This year’s theme was #STOPONRED and Franklin Township showed their support to the…

School Board Approves Tax Increase

During yesterday’s school board meeting the Ellwood City Area School Board unanimously voted to adopt the proposed 2017-18 budget at 16.74 millage, which includes a 0.18 mill tax increase. This is the first tax increase imposed by the district since 2013 and the extra funds will be used to finance renovations at Lincoln including the third-floor walkway and science wing. A $1.2 million transfer from the district’s reserve fund is also included in the budget. An owner of a $64,000 property, Ellwood’s median property value, can expect to see an increase on their school property tax bill from $1,059.84 to…

Rotary Club of Ellwood City Awarded $1000 District Simplified Grant

The Rotary Club of Ellwood City received a grant to support the reading clubs at the Ellwood City Area Public Library. The Rotary District Simplified Grant is a matching funds grant that is designed to help local Rotary Clubs use a portion of their foundation contributions. Ellwood City Rotary has been awarded grants for area projects as well as international projects. This year, the club once again focuses on local support in recognition of the Ellwood City Area Public Library’s efforts to engage teens in book discussion. Participation in book discussions groups allows readers to express their thoughts and views…

Back to School: Flu Season

With the summer months coming to an end and flu season approaching fast, it’s important to remind our children how to avoid getting sick this year! There are some very common aliments that become prominent in schools specifically during the colder months; among the general population, the cold and flu are the most commonly contracted illnesses and are the least likely to be serious if properly treated. The flu and cold are both viruses and their symptoms are very similar, however the duration of the two and the severity of the symptoms is the main tale-tale sign between the two….