The Yough School Board has approved the addition of several new classes to the high school academic offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.
The added courses are: Microsoft Office Professional & More, Adobe 101, Web Page Design, Media Photo Specialist, Digital Portfolio, Advanced College English 9, Advanced College English 10 and Accounting 1.
Yough Superintendent Janet Sardon said the choices were based mostly on input from teachers, but especially with the accounting class, also from students and the community.
“Because our program is a little more rigorous in the middle school, a lot of those things they’re covering (at the high school) they’re covering in the middle school,” said Sardon. So the program at the high school needs to be a little more rigorous, she said.
The board also approved an agreement with the YMCA of Greensburg for putting into place a before and after school program in all three elementary schools.
Sardon said because there are three schools, licensing could take some time, so implementation of the program might not occur until next September.
Director Gregg Nogy cast the lone dissenting vote, saying after the meeting it was because of financial reasons. “We’re facing some very serious shortfalls in our budget, and even though the cost to the district is insignificant, my personal feelings are until we have our budget in line I can’t vote for any more expenditures for programs that aren’t funded by the state,” he said.
Nogy voted against a raise for nurses aides as well, citing the same reason.
The board approved the $1.18 raise to $15 per hour for the district’s three nurses aides by a 7-2 vote. Director Karl Spudy joined Nogy in dissent. The district’s business manager, Mike Wrobleski, said the raise amounts to an added cost of about $5,000 per year in total.
In other business, the board approved some coaches: Westin Sandin, girls basketball assistant coach (pending clearances); Marty Ponebshek, volunteer girls basketball assistant coach; Casey Copeman, elementary basketball coordinator; Franklin Beatty, varsity assistant wrestling coach (pending clearances); Tom Aaron, acting middle school assistant wrestling coach; Steve Bickerstaff, middle school head wrestling coach (pending clearances); Bill Kubler, middle school head volleyball coach; Kelly Pleva, middle school assistant volleyball coach; Tyler Dillinger, varsity assistant baseball coach; Fred Kucinic, volunteer baseball coach; and Patrick Petrarco, volunteer basketball coach.
Board president Chris Boucher noted the district has generated a “corporate identity” by trademarking some images. Solicitor Gary Matta said, “We want to make sure no other entities outside of Yough can use our images.” He said it is really to ensure that someone else doesn’t trademark the images in the future and then turn around and sell Yough the rights to use them. It has been happening all across the country, he said.
Boucher said the trademarked images include the paw, the “Y” and the name, “Yough Cougars.”
William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected] or 724-872-6800.