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November 1, 2012
Students in the Tuscarora School District will have school today for the first time all week. Power was restored to the last of the district's buildings Thursday afternoon, Tuscarora School Board member Chris Ardinger said. “We realize trees and things like that could still be down in some areas, but we're going to let it up to the individual parents whether to send their students or not. Students are permitted to get on the bus elsewhere if they are staying at other houses,” he said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2011
— The Tuscarora School Board is bracing itself to make some of the toughest budget decisions it has had to make in decades when Gov. Tom Corbett unveils Pennsylvania’s 2011-12 budget Tuesday. With the state facing a $4 billion shortfall, the governor is expected to make deep cuts, and education is not exempt. At Monday’s board meeting, board President Clifford Smith said the district could receive $1.1 million to $1.4 million less in state money, depending on whether Corbett goes back to 2007-08 figures or those from 2005-06.
EDUCATION
April 23, 2013
The Tuscarora School District will host the fourth annual Arts in Action on May 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at James Buchanan High School. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:45. Arts in Action features singing, dancing, poetry, a districtwide art show, dozens of science fair projects, the Totally Random Coffee House sponsored by the district's English Department. Also featured will be a petting zoo and plant sale as well as displays from the high school's FFA. The technology and engineering departments also will be showing displays, including self-directed robots, a machine-controlled elevator system (first-place winner at the Franklin County Science Fair)
BUSINESS
March 20, 2011
M&T Bank recently donated $10,000 to Fix JB Sports, a community-driven fundraising campaign to make improvements to athletic facilities in the Tuscarora School District.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2011
The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Tuscarora School District again this year to provide mock interviews on Jan. 19 for the mandatory economics class taught to juniors at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg. The mock interviews help prepare students for the world of work. For a small commitment of time and energy, the volunteers made a big impact on the students and school district. Thanks go to FreeMind PR, First National Bank of Mercersburg, F&M Trust, Whitetail Resort, DL Martin Co., Tower Bank and Waste Management for their help.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 13, 2013
Tuscarora School District property owners could face a tax increase to support the district's preliminary 2013-14 budget. On Monday, the school board approved a preliminary budget that calls for a three-fourths of a mill real estate tax increase. A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. The proposed increase would cost the average property owner $14, according to Business Administrator Eric Holtzman. The school board must pass a final budget by June 30. Even with the proposed tax increase, the school board would not be able to balance its revenues and expenditures without dipping into savings.
NEWS
From staff reports | December 16, 2012
School districts in Franklin County, Pa., are taking measures to make students feel safer when they return to classes today in the wake of Friday's shooting that killed 20 students in Connecticut. According to a phone message to parents in the Chambersburg Area School District, extra security will be in place at all of the district's schools this week. Chambersburg police will be conducting additional patrols around the borough's elementary schools, Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said in an email that cited a conversation he had with Police Chief David Arnold.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2012
Two men vying to become Tuscarora School District's superintendent answered questions Monday from the community, sharing their views on a range of topics such as school security, open-door policies, arts education, and science, technology, engineering and math programs. The Tuscarora School Board is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whom to hire for the district's top administrative spot. That individual will replace Rebecca Erb, who is retiring after about five years in the role. The school board whittled down about 20 applicants to two finalists - Charles Prijatelj of West Middlesex (Pa.)
OPINION
August 17, 2012
Thumbs up to the Hagerstown City Council for finally meeting with representatives from the South Atlantic League, Maryland Stadium Authority and Washington Nationals player development at the same time. Tuesday's meeting, according to Councilwoman Ashley Haywood, was a “major breakthrough” in the city's attempt to negotiate a 20-year lease with the Hagerstown Suns. Thumbs up to Fix JB Sports, whose latest facility improvement, six new tennis courts between Tuscarora School District's middle and high schools, was unveiled this week.
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OPINION
August 21, 2013
Thanks to all for support of Fix JB Sports campaign To the editor: The fall sports season is under way at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, and there is much excitement in the air. More than 200 student-athletes are practicing and conditioning each day. The James Buchanan Athletic Booster Association, which has been conducting the Fix JB Sports Capital Campaign, believes this is the perfect time to thank some supporters for...
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NEWS
July 16, 2013
Franklin Co. church serving as cooling shelter GREENCASTLE, Pa. - In partnership with the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services, Grace Community Church at 17 N. Washington St. in Greencastle has opened a cooling shelter. People can go to the church to stay in the air-conditioning. For more information about the shelter, call Doug Toms at 717-567-1663. The emergency services department urges residents to drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty, check on animals frequently, take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air-conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 13, 2013
Tuscarora School District property owners could face a tax increase to support the district's preliminary 2013-14 budget. On Monday, the school board approved a preliminary budget that calls for a three-fourths of a mill real estate tax increase. A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. The proposed increase would cost the average property owner $14, according to Business Administrator Eric Holtzman. The school board must pass a final budget by June 30. Even with the proposed tax increase, the school board would not be able to balance its revenues and expenditures without dipping into savings.
EDUCATION
April 23, 2013
The Tuscarora School District will host the fourth annual Arts in Action on May 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at James Buchanan High School. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:45. Arts in Action features singing, dancing, poetry, a districtwide art show, dozens of science fair projects, the Totally Random Coffee House sponsored by the district's English Department. Also featured will be a petting zoo and plant sale as well as displays from the high school's FFA. The technology and engineering departments also will be showing displays, including self-directed robots, a machine-controlled elevator system (first-place winner at the Franklin County Science Fair)
NEWS
January 25, 2013
The following area schools and school systems were dismissing classes early Friday due to snow: Maryland • Washington County Public Schools will dismiss classes two hours early. All evening activities are canceled. • Frederick County Public Schools will dismiss students two hours early. Morning pre-k students will remain at school for dismissal with full-day students. Afternoon pre-k and Career and Technology Center classes are canceled.  Afternoon CTC students will remain at their home schools until dismissal.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2013
When Charles Prijatelj takes the reins of the Tuscarora School District in mid-March, he has some definite ideas of the direction in which he'll take the district. As the director of curriculum and instruction at West Middlesex (Pa.) Area School District, it's no surprise that one of the areas the district's new superintendent of schools will focus on is academic excellence. “I want to do what's in the best interest of kids and really focus on doing what we need to do to raise student achievement to the level we need to raise it to,” Prijatelj said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2012
Two men vying to become Tuscarora School District's superintendent answered questions Monday from the community, sharing their views on a range of topics such as school security, open-door policies, arts education, and science, technology, engineering and math programs. The Tuscarora School Board is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whom to hire for the district's top administrative spot. That individual will replace Rebecca Erb, who is retiring after about five years in the role. The school board whittled down about 20 applicants to two finalists - Charles Prijatelj of West Middlesex (Pa.)
NEWS
From staff reports | December 16, 2012
School districts in Franklin County, Pa., are taking measures to make students feel safer when they return to classes today in the wake of Friday's shooting that killed 20 students in Connecticut. According to a phone message to parents in the Chambersburg Area School District, extra security will be in place at all of the district's schools this week. Chambersburg police will be conducting additional patrols around the borough's elementary schools, Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said in an email that cited a conversation he had with Police Chief David Arnold.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Students in the Tuscarora School District will have school today for the first time all week. Power was restored to the last of the district's buildings Thursday afternoon, Tuscarora School Board member Chris Ardinger said. “We realize trees and things like that could still be down in some areas, but we're going to let it up to the individual parents whether to send their students or not. Students are permitted to get on the bus elsewhere if they are staying at other houses,” he said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 9, 2012
Tuscarora School District officials are looking to the sky as they try to expand learning opportunities for middle- and high-schoolers. The district is exploring funding opportunities to install a wind turbine on the school campus. Engineering plans soon will be submitted to various agencies for approval. The project is being done in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Wind for Schools program operated by Penn State University, according to Stanley Morgan, Tuscarora's facilities director.
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