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Only Pennsylvania, it was said at the August 18 meeting of the Elk Lake and SCCTC school board, has made across-the-board gains in student achievement from 2002 to 2008, under NCLB legislation. Elk Lake received notification of this fact attached to an invitation to attend a special announcement session put on by the governor in Harrisburg. The reason why Elk Lake was specifically invited highlights another honor - the district was one of only 50 schools in the state to demonstrate this continuous improvement during those years (out of the 501 districts). In this list of high achievers, Elk Lake ranked 18th; Dr. Bush also acknowledged nearby Susquehanna Community School District, which ranked 1st on the list. Elk Lake saw a 25.2% rate of improvement; the state improved 34% overall. Dr. Bush publicly thanked and acknowledged the board, the administration, staff and students for working such that the school could receive this honor.
Water problems were the main topic of discussion at the August 20 meeting of the Hallstead Boro Council.
One Pine Hill resident present at the meeting had been reporting problems for some time, with water running through his property and his lawn being destroyed by drivers cutting across the curve at the corner of his property. Council said that a contractor had been at the site that day to see what could be done as far as road repairs or installing curbing, but they had not yet heard what his recommendations were. They promised to contact him as soon as there was any word.
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