PT board hears special education concern

  • By Terri T. Johnson
    For the Observer-Reporter
September 18, 2012

During the Peters Township School Board meeting Monday, one parent referred to the position of director of special education as a “revolving door” and asked why there has been such a turnover. There have been four different directors in the past four years.

Mike Aburachis of 272 Sutherland Drive, Venetia, has been vocal in the past about the special education programs offered through the district. He has two autistic sons who were recently placed in the special education programs at The Pathfinder School in Bethel Park, which is operated by the Intermediate Unit in Allegheny County.

Aburachis said he was speaking to the board members at the request of other parents of special needs children in the district; however, he did not name any other parents.

After Aburachis questioned the board as to the reason for the turnover, Cindy Golembiewski, board president, said the matter falls under personnel issues and the board members would not comment.

Nina Zetty, superintendent, said Karen Meese from the Intermediate Unit in Washington County was hired to help with the transition of the most recent director, Patricia Kelly.

Steve Stuck of 307 Bridle Trail, Venetia, told the board he was pleased with the special education his daughter was receiving at the middle school, saying “it has been the best experience.”

In other matters:n Betty Kadel of Clubview Drive held up a torn and tattered textbook with a copyright of 2000 that is used in the AP mathematics course. She questioned the board as to why the textbook continued to be used when it contained old statistics. No solution was offered.

n Board member William Merrell said he received two telephone calls from concerned residents regarding noise and litter from the athletic fields above Pleasant Valley Elementary School during a football game Sunday. Zetty said the event was sponsored by the township’s recreation department and that she had sent an e-mail to Michael Silvestri, township manager, concerning the behavior. Zetty said all future township recreation games were being moved to the high school football stadium, with the exception of a Sept. 27 game at which there will be security hired by the township.

n Rejected the only bid received to install a separate door near the high school pool. Between $10,000 to $12,000 had been budgeted, and the bid was for $51,000.

n Awarded a contract to Lutz Tennis and Asphalt Co. to refinish the outdoor basketball courts at the high school and accepted a check for $9,671 from the Peters Township High Basketball Association to help with the project.



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