Summary of the May school board meeting

Joey Pail

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On May 24, the New Sewickley Township water supply between Harvey Run Road and Ninth Street Extension was contaminated with E. coli bacteria, which presents a health risk to young infants and children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. While the problem is being resolved, the New Sewickley Township Municipal Authority instructed for residents and businesses in this affected area to boil drinking water or drink bottled water; at FASD, drinking fountains were covered with garbage bags and signs are posted at sinks and fountains to not drink the water. People can still wash their hands with the water while the issue is being resolved.
“We are chlorinating and flushing the water system. We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the source of contamination and will implement corrective actions to ensure that our water supplies are protected against contamination,” the New Sewickley Township Municipal Authority said in the online statement. As of press time, it was anticipated that problem will be resolved by May 27.
The Bulldog Award was given to one student from each school building; the recipients were Austin Schroeder, High School, Derek Barker, Middle School and Joanna Odebode, Elementary School. Three elementary school students were chosen as Title 1 distinguished students; these students were Wyatt Boyer, Autumn Taylor and Noah Chaousy. A single student, Noah Chaousy, was chosen by the state and is the first in Freedom Area School District’s history.
Mark Cefola has his resignation approved and is effective as of May 3. Wanda Murray, the accounts payable coordinator, is resigning as of June 23. Fall Varsity Cheerleading Coach Amy Nicely-Giles’ resignation has been accepted and will be effective as of April 27. Andrea Niedbala and Kristen Milanovich, the ski club sponsors, are resigning and is effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
The Naturalist Club has received a $500 grant from Beaver County Educational Trust. The grant was written and submitted by their sponsor, Dr. Brian Wargo. This money was used to buy new binoculars and field guides. The goal of the club is to determine changing weather patterns affecting bird migrations and identifying these species.

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