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Spring Cove School District Reels In Several Grants


January 16, 2020

The Monday, Jan. 13, Committee of the Whole Meeting for the Spring Cove School District School Board was highlighted by Superintendent Dr. Betsy Baker announcing the awarding of several grants to the Spring Cove School District.

The district was awarded the $25,000 Teacher in the Workplace Grant. The goal of the grant is to connect educators with businesses in order to increase career exploration and work-based learning experiences for students and to better prepare the students for careers in the local work force.

Spring Cove Elementary School received a check for $1,086 from Walmart through its “Miles for Education” program. The Bedford transportation office selected Spring Cove School District to receive the donation as part of Walmart’s safe driving initiative, which allowed Walmart's private fleet truck drivers to earn one cent for every accident-free mile driven during a one-week period.

Driver Ron Mowry, grandfather of several Spring Cove Students, nominated the school district.

The school district submitted an application for a PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grant. If awarded, the grant would allow the district to further expand Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program and also assist with the advancement of STEM education in the region.

Congratulations were given by Dr. Baker to Nancy Gobert and Breanne Venios on the $1,000 STEM Grant Spring Cove Middle School was recently awarded from First Energy. The funds supported the purchase of Sphero robotic balls for use in the STEM program. Baker also thanked the Conemaugh Health System for their $250 donation in celebration of their 130th anniversary. The funds will be used toward CPR certifications for the Central High School senior class. Jeff Koontz of Ritchey , Ritchey and Koontz , provided the board with the auditors report for 2018/19 Fiscal Year. Koontz noted to the board that revenue came in $1.3 million more than budgeted and expenditures came in at $1.3 million less than budgeted.

The school board was provided with Course Description books for 2020/21 school year for the elementary schools, middle school, and high school.

Resignation for the purpose of retirement was given by 5 elementary teachers with decades of service including : Beth Hoover, Douglas Hoover, Lori Perrin, Cindy Ritchey, and Tracy Shingler. Carla Brumbaugh tendered her resignation for retirement purposes as a secondary mathematics teacher. The Spring Cove School District Board Room underwent major updating and sported new furniture as well. Dr. Baker thanked the maintenance department for all of their assistance in this project.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm in the Administration Office Board Room on Tuesday , January 21.


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