New scoreboard for Selinsgrove football

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SELINSGROVE – Big upgrades are happening for Selinsgrove High School football this season. The Selinsgrove Area School District has a new scoreboard for its football stadium that will be ready for the team’s first home game September 11. The cost is $45,000. However, Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs says the district didn’t pay a dime for the project, “Funds were raised and spearheaded by one individual, Dennis Wolf, a former school board member, actually undertook the campaign and raised money for the scoreboard as well as trying to raise funds for a new press box.” Cohrs says the new press box is the next step, “The press box is a little bit more of an expensive…

Lewisburg named best school in the state

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LEWISBURG — A new ranking says Lewisburg Area School District gives you the most bang for your buck. NerdWallet factored in housing affordability along with standardized test scores and college readiness to create the list that ranks 491 districts in the state. With a graduation rate of 93.9 percent and 89.2 percent of grads seek higher education, Lewisburg tops the list. The district has received accolades for its academic excellence in an area where average home values are $177,000. (Jennifer Wakeman) Follow

Lewisburg students sent anti-Semitic messages

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LEWISBURG —  A Lewisburg student is being disciplined following a cyber-bullying incident.  According to Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco, several students were sent an anti-Semitic message through social media. DiRocco says the incident was committed by a student who targeted several specific high school students.  DiRocco called the incident “disturbing” and said it created a great deal of distress for the victims and their families. “We will not tolerate any form of anti-Semitic hate speech in our schools.  Appropriate action was taken with the student and we are working with the family… As a school community it is important that we all take a stand against any form of hate speech, discrimination, intolerance, bullying, and cyber-bullying,”…

Contract negotiations re-opened in Shikellamy

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SUNBURY – Shikellamy teachers and the school board will be back at the bargaining table in a few weeks. The two sides haven’t met since September and the union recently authorized a strike. According to Mark McDade of the Pennsylvania State Education Association the strike vote sent a message to the board that teachers are serious about negotiating, “I believe it’s important to underscore that the authorization of a strike does not necessarily mean that the teachers are going to strike. It’s to send a message that the current state of negotiations is not acceptable and that we need to move forward.” McDade said the initial proposal from the district is unrealistic, but the union…

Teacher: Prepare kids for back to school

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SUNBURY – While school may not start for a few days, now is the time to start preparing students. Local teacher Melissa Yankowski says there are things parents can start doing now to make the transition a bit easier on students.   “If you are going back to school within the next week or two, now may be the time to get your kid on a schedule,” Yankowski said. “You need to get them used to getting up early in the morning, because that shock of waking up early can be pretty brutal. I know as a teacher, it’s been pretty brutal for me this week waking up early every day to get my classroom…