We always tell our students to "look for the helpers" in difficult times. At the December 10, 2018 School Board meeting, the Board recognized Ms. Jen Sloan and Mr. Joe Mirt with Extra Mile Awards. Both were nominated by their school administrators for helping students in their schools in a critical moment of need.
Our faculty and staff are trained every year to recognize basic emergency situations and how to respond to them until medical help arrives. This training was recently put to the test at the high school and Jefferson Elementary School.
Extra Mile recipient Jen Sloan is a Personal Care Assistant at the high school. Jen was present in the cafeteria and observed a student who began to display symptoms of choking. Jen immediately went over to the student and did not hesitate to perform abdominal thrusts and the food became dislodged. The nurse was notified and the proper protocol was followed.
Extra Mile recipient Joe Mirt is a custodian at Jefferson Elementary School He was working in the cafeteria during lunch and noticed a child who was choking and appeared to be in distress. Without hesitation, Joe approached the student and provided abdominal thrusts which dislodged the food.
"We are very thankful for Joe and Jen's awareness and action by using their training to assist our students in distress," said School Board President Mike Riemer. "I applaud them for their quick recognition and action to help our students. They both went the extra mile to help our students and we are pleased to recognize them with this award."
Lincoln Elementary School homerooms stuffed stockings with treats to send some welcome holiday cheer to the women and men serving in the military who will not make it home for the holidays. Lincoln families donated the stocking stuffers and students made handmade cards expressing their thanks and well wishes for our service women and men. Lincoln partnered with Beinhuaer Funeral Homes in their "Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans" holiday drive. Beinhauer's took care of the packaging and postage for delivery.
The University of Pittsburgh held the fourth annual Model European Union Conference on December 7 and for the fourth year in a row Mt. Lebanon High School won the 1st Place award.
Pitt's Model EU featured three separate rooms with students competing as leaders of the 27 countries in the actual European Union. The debates focused on the two topics of "What Now for Brexit?" and "Transatlantic Ties Between the US and Europe."
Our students won 1st place in each of the three rooms and also won the overall 1st Place Team Award. Of the nine awards given in the committees, our students won six. Three other schools each claimed one award.
A total of 18 Lebo students competed and 16 won individual honors. They were as follows:
Seniors--Abigail Duclos, Rebecca Schwartz, Flynn Begor, Aoife Ruby Dunne, Owen Descalzi, Dan Helmeci
Juniors--Sein Lee, Antonio Carapella, Daniel McNulty
Sophomores--Katherine Wilkison, Jack Horrigan, Jack Silverman, Ben Brown, Daisy Walton
Freshmen--Ben Ash, Rafaay Khan
Congratulations to our students for their exemplary work at the annual University of Pittsburgh Model EU competition and their coaches, Mr. George Savarese and Mr. Adam Lumish.
During the School Board meeting on November 19, Dr. Marybeth Irvin and Dr. Ron Davis presented the 2018 Student Outcomes Report. This comprehensive report includes results from PSSAs, Keystone Exams, PSATs, SATs, ACTs, AP exams, and the newly implemented Future Ready Index PA. The report provides an overview of the District's continued strong academic performance during the 2017-2018 school year. We are proud to report that Mt. Lebanon students continue to demonstrate high performance levels on all major academic assessments.
"This year's report shows that by all objective measures of student achievement, Mt. Lebanon students continue to excel academically," said Dr. Tim Steinhauer. "When our academic performance is benchmarked against other schools throughout the region and state, we consistently rank among the top 3% of all schools in Pennsylvania, and in many instances, like the Future Ready Index, at the top. This comprehensive report reflects the seriousness of effort the District undertakes to monitor and ensure that high academic performance continues to be a hallmark of a Mt. Lebanon education. The report also represents the focused, high quality work of our administrators and faculty."
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The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded the Mt. Lebanon School District with the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award recognizes districts that have met the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended 2017. This is the 34 year the District has been recognized with the award, due to the strong financial leadership of our Business Director Jan Klein.
By participating in the COE program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their CAFR for review by a team of professional auditors, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document may receive the Certificate of Excellence. A district's participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes. Thank you, Ms. Klein for another year of outstanding financial reporting.
At the December 3, 2018 School Board reorganization meeting, Michael J. Riemer was unanimously elected School Board President and Sarah L. Olbrich as Vice President for 2019. The Board also unanimously elected Thomas Peterson as solicitor.
The School Board also set the meeting schedule for the calendar year 2019. Regular monthly meetings of the Mt. Lebanon School Board are open to the public are held in Room D205, Mt. Lebanon High School, 155 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon, at 7:30 p.m.
January 22, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 9.
School Board Discussion and reorganization meetings will be held in Room D205, Mt. Lebanon High School, at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 2 (Reorganization Meeting).
At the end of December 2018, Janice R. Klein will retire from the Mt. Lebanon School District after a stellar 37 year career as Director of Business. She is acknowledged by her colleagues in the school district and across the state as the gold standard for school finance directors. Over her career, Ms. Klein has worked with seven superintendents (Allen Blacka, Richard Pitcock, Glenn Smartschan, Marge Sable, George Wilson, John Allison and Timothy Steinhauer) and 62 school board members. Through the years she has also cultivated a strong working relationship with staff at the Mt. Lebanon Municipality.
In her role as Director of Business, Ms. Klein is responsible for providing all business services for the $99 million school system. During her tenure, Ms. Klein oversaw the financing of the renovation of the two middle schools in the late 1990's, the seven elementary schools from 2000-2005, and most recently, the $110 million renovation and new construction of Mt. Lebanon High School.
Ms. Klein is known for her ability to explain complex financial issues for all to easily understand ranging from the nuances of budget discussions, to the complexities of the State Plan Con process and bond refinancing. She leaves the District in excellent financial health with the highest Moody's rating of any school district in Western Pennsylvania.
Ms. Klein also chairs the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium (ACHSHIC), a $250 million self-insured healthcare trust led by 24 trustees which are half labor and half management. The Consortium is comprised of sixty one public schools and community colleges providing health benefits to about 20,000 employees covering almost 55,000 lives. Ms. Klein has been a trustee and chairperson for the ACHSHIC since 1997.
Ms. Klein is a member of the Board for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, was past president of PASBO and WCPASBO and served on the board of ASBO.
Ms. Klein has garnered many awards over the years such as the ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the ASBO Meritorious Budget Award and various PSBA, NSPRA , PennSPRA and PASBO Awards.
Ms. Klein will leave the District on December 31 after transitioning Mr. Rob Geletko as the incoming Business Director.
On behalf of everyone in the Mt. Lebanon School District, we wish Ms. Klein all the best, and much happiness, in her retirement.
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