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Declining enrollment forces the school district to evaluate all services provided to students. School district enrollment declined from a high of 1,593 in 1996-1997 to 1,211 for the current 2009-2010 school year. In the near future, the administration will be recommending curtailment of programs for consideration by the Board of Education.
At the public meeting held on May 10 the Board of Education voted in favor of a motion that authorizes the Superintendent to take all necessary actions to obtain Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approval for specific changes in the district’s educational program. This approval is required when school districts propose program changes that could result in staff reductions.
According to PDE projections, the enrollment will continue to decline through 2018-2019. At that future date, the enrollment was projected to be 852 for the entire district’s kindergarten through grade twelve programs. These data projections were based on the live birth rate in the school district provided to PDE by the PA Department of Health, Division of Health Services.
Dr. Andrew Chichura, Superintendent, stated that we need to look at the district’s current student population and then determine how to utilize current resources to most effectively meet the student needs. Every program has its benefits; these programs were instituted for justifiable reasons. All programs were initiated as a matter of importance at a certain point in time. A need exists to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate the school district goals and the resources available to achieve and accomplish those objectives.
LOCK HAVEN, PA - Over 600 students received degrees from Lock Haven University during Spring 2010 commencement ceremonies. A total of 570 candidates for bachelor and master's degrees participated in the ceremonies for College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. In addition, 70 bachelor and associate degree students received degrees on Wednesday, May 5 at the university's Clearfield Campus.
President Keith T. Miller presented degrees to the following local students:
Steven Gary Clister, Carbondale, Bachelor of Science; Kenneth F. Cuomo, Springville, Bachelor of Science in Education; Ashley Griffis, Montrose, Bachelor of Science in Education; Anthony J. McDonald, Carbondale, Bachelor of Science; Brittany M. Pavelski, Susquehanna, Bachelor of Science; Lacey A. Payne, Springville, Bachelor of Science in Education; Nathan R. Pease, New Milford, Bachelor of Science in Education; Amanda Louise Vandermark, Montrose, Bachelor of Science; Kathryn T. Walker, Nicholson, Bachelor of Science.
At each ceremony, President Miller noted that all graduates would receive a small gift to serve as a tangible reminder of their time at The Haven. Each graduate was given a luggage tag bearing the university logo and the words "I'm going places."
YORK, PA - Meghan Hewes of Little Meadows, PA, graduated Cum Laude from York College of Pennsylvania on May 15. Hewes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
Paulina Maida of Hallstead was among 50 University of Scranton students inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities, at a ceremony held recently on campus. The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at The University of Scranton. Juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service are eligible for membership. Maida is a junior biology major in Scranton's College of Arts and Sciences.
The 26th annual Elk Lake Scholarship Banquet was held May 19. Sponsored by the Elk Lake Education Association, the event recognized those students in seventh through twelfth grade who have continually achieved honor roll status throughout the year.
Two one-thousand dollar scholarships were awarded to seniors Keek Morahan and Sara Abate. One hundred dollar bonds were awarded to Kelly Clark, Benjamin Copes, Mackenzie Franssen, Caitlin Good, and Dakota Jones for maintaining honor roll status consistently from seventh grade through twelfth grade.
Mrs. Donna Evans, Food Management Instructor, and her classes prepared a delicious meal. It was served by the Elk Lake teachers and staff to over 300 students, parents, and friends. Mrs. Evans has been the event’s chair person for over twenty years.
COLCHESTER, VT - Andrew John Conrad, son of Paul and Lynn Conrad of Union Dale, earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from Saint Michael's College, May 13, 2010, in ceremonies held on the campus of the liberal arts residential Catholic college located in the Burlington area of Vermont.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces the “Students of the Month” for April 2010 for kindergarten through sixth grade.
Kindergarten, First, Second and Third
Pictured (l-r) above: row 1 - Stephen Murphy, Austin Conklin, David Trevarthan, Gannon Dooner-Furness; row 2 - Hayden Wayman, Rachel Rockwell, Trent Smith, Garrett Decker; row 3 - Meaghan Towner, Hailey Dixon, Alexis Macazan, Haley Hyndshaw; row 4 - Katy Gladstone, Kevin Silfee, Dallas Cude, Tiana Bickford, Cameron Wasko; absent - Hunter Swank.
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
Pictured (l-r) above: row 1 - Jack Avery, Alexis Beach, Brodie Haskins, Christopher Swanson; row 2 - Angelica DeLong, Mitchell Morden, Alexandria Warring, Lyndsey Mroz; row 3 - Alyssa Rockwell, Brandon Gow, Benedict Kane.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has recently released its list of students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2009-2010 academic year. To qualify for Dean’s List, a student must earn a quality point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.
Area Students named to the Dean’s List are: Edward Arnold, Montrose; Gregory Bradley, Hop Bottom; Dan Copes, LeRaysville; Hannah Cronk, Montrose; Kimberly Frechen, Susquehanna; Meghan Gilleran, Starrucca; Elizabeth Hanrahan; Matthew Kellum, Montrose; Sarah Krause, New Milford; Atwood Lunger, Montrose; Samantha Post; Nicole Ransbottom, Susquehanna; Jessica Williams, Hallstead; Megan Stanton, Starrucca.
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