Friday, April 12, 2013
The school board is expected to vote on conducting a superintendent search.
Woodland Hills School District officials are considering beginning an official search for a superintendent. On Wednesday, the Woodland Hills School Board discussed possibly approving a search at the April 17 legislative meeting. The new superintendent's three or five-year term would most likely begin July 31. But some board members aren't in favor of conducting a search at all. The board didn't extend former superintendent Walter Calinger's contract at the end of 2012—he had been on medical leave since April 2012. Assistant Superintendent Alan Johnson has been acting as deputy superintendent since. School board member Jeff Hanchett said going out for a search would be "very unfair" to Johnson. "He's worked very hard during this period of …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Are you considering a run for open seats on school board or borough council?
Considering a run for Woodland Hills, Wilkinsburg or Pittsburgh school board? Edgewood, Swissvale, Forest Hills or Wilkinsburg council? Or a local post in one of the surrounding communities? Nominating petitions for all local elected offices appearing on the May 21 municipal primary ballot will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Nominating petitions may be obtained by visiting the Elections Division in Room 601 of the Allegheny County Office Building located at 542 Forbes Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For questions or additional information, call 412-350-4528. Candidates for statewide judicial and Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas races may obtain petitions by contacting the Commonwealth’s …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Next week the board will discuss financial matters, personnel changes and the use of the school's facilities.
Woodland Hills School Board discussed issues of finance, personnel and school’s facilities at Wednesday's agenda setting meeting. At the Oct. 11 regular meeting, the board will discuss the approval of the activity funds from August. The activities funds were of particular interest to board member Colleen Filiak, who noticed an account with a negative balance. “We continue to have a negative balance in one of the high school class accounts. Is that being addressed?” Filiak asked her fellow board members. According to Filiak, a class account held a negative balance of $517, something that she said is theoretically not supposed to happen after a class has graduated and they can no longer use the money they raised. Joyce Sullivan, the board …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Competition from charter and private schools are forcing districts to get creative.
Joe Lafferty wears his pride for Woodland Hills School District on his sleeve and he looks forward to telling people exactly why he thinks the district deserves the chance to educate the area's children. Lafferty gave a presentation during Wednesday’s school board meeting outlining how and why the district could and should market itself to parents of potential students. With charter schools opening in many school districts across Pennsylvania, competition between public and private schools are in a new realm of consumerism. More and more school districts, like McKeesport, now advertise within their communities. Woodland Hills budgeted $25,000 to be used for marketing, and Lafferty, who is a football coach in the district and a 1990 …
Monday, January 23, 2012
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Monday, January 23, 2012
The Wilkinsburg School District School Board is looking for a new member after a recent vacancy. Interested candidates must have the following qualificatons: • Reside in Wilkinsburg for a period of no less than one year. • Submit a letter of intent why he or she would like to serve as school director as well as any qualifications and experiences that might benefit the board and school district. Please include your contact information in your letter of intent. • Send their letter of intent to the following address by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Letters of Intent must be submitted to: Mrs. Andrea Williams, School Board Secretary, Wilkinsburg School District, 718 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221. Questions concerning the application …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Regions are changing this year in the school district
This year, the regions represented by Woodland Hills School Board members are changing. In September, the Court of Common Pleas approved a new regional plan for the school board that will go into effect after this year's elections. But the fight for new regions started two and a half years ago. In 2008, a citizens' group began researching for the potential region change, looking at populations, zoning lines and the benefits of rearranging the jurisdictions. They also petitioned the surrounding communities. The group then presented the three new regions to the school board and in June 2009, the board voted six to three in support of changing the regions. According to the new areas created, region one consists of Churchill, Wilkins, Chalfant…