CLARION - The Clarion Area School Board June 14 unanimously approved a three-year contract with Paul R. Brown Busing for the district's transportation.

The district agreed to pay Brown $390,000 for the 2022-23 school year and will determine the next two years payments based on the Consumer Price Index.

Moreover, the district agreed to pay the fuel costs for the regular school day transportation.

Paul R. Brown Busing will also provide after-school activity bus runs at a cost of $3.25 per mile. The district will also pay the fuel costs for the after school runs.

The contractor will install cameras on all of its buses and those cameras will become property of the contractor. However, the district will provide a $500 per year per bus allowance which will be paid at the end of the school year to offset the cost of the cameras.

Should a bus have more than two instances that the camera equipment doesn't work or isn't provided when requested; the stipend for that particular bus will be forfeited. Additionally, the district will provide IT support for the cameras as necessary.

In other business, the board:

4Approved the following appointments: Lainey Lavelle, permanent full-time elementary teacher, I-1, $49,368; Afton Bauer, permanent full-time elementary teacher, M-1, $53,368; Amber Beichner, permanent full-time elementary teacher, M-1, $53,368; Heather Bish, temporary full-time elementary teacher, I-2, $50,968; D. Samuel Heeter, permanent full-time teacher (High School Social Studies), I-2, $50,968; Ashley Kildoo, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Emily Alston, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Tracy Craig, Summer School Teacher, $31.66/hour, Natalie Anderson, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour, Matt Uckert, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Dana MacBeth, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Robin Henry, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Danielle Stoner, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; James Smathers, Summer School teacher, $31.66/hour; Danielle Stoner, Junior High girls basketball head coach, one year or less experience, $2,120; Sarah Harp-Smith - assistant Junior High girls basketball coach, one year or less experience, $2,000.

4Accepted the following resignations: Keith McClain, custodian; Jen Bolinger, elementary music teacher.

4Approved a vacation day payout for Superintendent Dr. Joseph Carrico for five days at $477.83 per day.

4Approved the following volunteers: Dave Brueck, golf; Lake Staub, golf; Chandra Scheftic, cross country; Molly Kirby, cross country; Stephanie Lambert, cross country; Chelsey Kabel, cross country; Michael Dawson band; Keven Slike, football manager; Vance Slike, football manager; Dr. Robert Armstrong, football sidelines; Travis Rhoads, football.

4Approved the following rates for substitute teachers through Exceptional Student Service: Full-day building bases substitute teacher, $110 per day; half building based substitute teacher, $65; full day substitute teacher, $100; half day substitute teacher, $60 per day; full-day substitute teacher after 21st day, $120 per day; half-day substitute teacher after 21st day, $65 per day.

4Approved disposal of damaged and obsolete books.

4Approved the agreement for food services with Jefferson-Clarion Head Start for the 2022-23 school year.

4Approved the final 2022-23 budget with no tax increase.

4Approved the 2022-23 guest teacher resolution with the Riverview Intermediate Unit.


FRILLS CORNERS - The sewage line extension project in Washington Township is incurring costs even though it is far from finished and the Washington Township Municipal Authority had to address those costs at its recent meeting.

CLARION - "When you build beautiful spaces people see themselves as equal. If you build prisons you make prisoners. I started running a program but now I am running a movement," said Bill Strickland. "It is a way of thinking."

MONROE TWP. - The Clarion County Planning Commission June 15 gave its final approval to a major subdivision for a proposed travel plaza in Monroe Township.

CLARION - Rootstock Racing's Endless Mountains five-day Adventure Race launched yesterday (June 20) in Clarion and will end Saturday in north central Pennsylvania.

SHIPPENVILLE - A Shippenville resident doesn't care for the way a neighboring property is in a state of disrepair and he wants something done about it.

CLARION - Staffing is "getting tight" for two key Clarion County entities, the sheriff's department and ambulance services.

CLARION - The Clarion Area School Board June 14 unanimously approved a three-year contract with Paul R. Brown Busing for the district's transportation.

Clarion state police identified a Bucks County man as the driver of a car who was the victim of a fatal crash between his vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Beaver Township on Sunday morning.

CLARION - Clarion Borough Council June 7 awarded contracts for work at Paul A. Weaver Park and South Sixth Avenue reconstruction.

KNOX - Twenty years ago the Keystone School District was in dire straits facing a list of needed renovations, rising costs, debt and virtually no financial reserves.

CLARION - Clarion Borough Council agreed this month to send a letter to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources stating the borough pool which a 1980's DCNR grant helped build is "obsolete."

FARMINGTON TWP. - The Farmington Township Board of Supervisors this month approved the purchase of an excavator and trailer to improve the ability of the township road crew to respond to needed road maintenance and emergencies.

FOXBURG - Even though a three-year contract to house an Internet provider's equipment might seem innocuous, A-C Valley School Board member Brady Feicht has some concerns about the district entering such the agreement.

CLARION - Yes, two longtime buildings along Main Street in Clarion will soon be cleared away -- the former Dan Smith's Candy store and the former Paul A. Weaver Jewelry store but a new concept in downtown development and community sustainability is planned for this summer.

KNOX - Keystone School District Superintendent Teresa L. Young is leaving the district as she was hired June 7 as superintendent of the United School District in Indiana County.

MARIASVILLE - Right along with churches in nearly every community, there were the grange halls. As important as the faith shared at the churches was the spirit of community at the grange halls.

FOXBURG - Due to declining enrollment at the high school, the Allegheny-Clarion Valley administration suggested moving one of its science teachers from the high school to the elementary and creating a middle school model for fifth- and sixth-grade students at the elementary.

NEW BETHLEHEM - Bigfoot is a legend to some people and a hoax to many others. But count a dedicated group of researchers statewide as among those who believe the elusive creature is very real.

CLARION TWP. - After a five-year tenure, Clarion-Limestone School District and superintendent Amy J. Glasl have parted ways as both parties last week approved a 16-page agreement under which Glasl submitted her resignation and the school district paid her a $10,000 severance settlement.

KNOX - Looking to help students and staff through the school day, Keystone School District administrators report positive results from the implementation of its "Rhithm" program earlier this year.

CLARION - Whatever happens to the Clarion Borough Pool as far as its demolition is being planned, but the area it occupies near Clarion Area High School, must remain a public recreation area.

CLARION - Pinched for space, many county governments are forced to pay for office space on the local rental market at a high cost. Except in Clarion County. Clarion County has found a way to turn an expense into income.

According to Marienville state police, a 15-year-old boy operating a 1999 Honda TRX 400EX was killed at 7:12 p.m. Monday along Lickingville Road in Washington Township when the ATV struck a deer on the roadway.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board May 16 hired Jason Best as assistant high school principal, effective July 1 at an annual salary of $70,000.

CLARION - Elk Township supervisors this month tabled a proposal for the replacement of a bridge along Oak Grove Road as the cost of the work has passed the amounted budgeted for the work.

Shippenville firefighters quickly brought a structure fire under control this afternoon at 8555 Main St., Shippenville. No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the residential fire has not yet been determined. Firefighters from Knox and Clarion assisted. Route 322 was closed at t…

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Clarion state police said 33-year-old Jonathan Broadnax, of Clarion, was found safe after he had been reported missing Sunday. It was not clear when he was found.

KNOX - The Keystone School Board May 16 gave its tentative approval to a $17,530,919 million budget for the 2022-23 school year but stopped short of setting tax rates for the upcoming year.

FOXBURG - For 135 years, the Foxburg Country Club has been a recreation spot for people near and far but the club's survival has come into question in recent years so the club's board of governors wanted to do something about it before it's too late.

STATE COLLEGE - Because so many deer hunters are aging out of the sport -- and new hunters are not being recruited to replace them -- deer management strategies will need to change to manage populations of whitetails in many states.

CLARION - People "give back" in a variety of ways. For Limestone's Linda Schirmer, a breast cancer survivor, it's using her crafting background to make wall hangings from recycled jewelry as a way of raising funds for The Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital.

CLARION - The physical reassessment of Clarion County could begin in the next few weeks. The Clarion County Board of Commissioners May 10 issued a press release notifying county residents that a full reassessment for the properties within the county is expected to begin in the spring of this…

PAINT TWP. - For many years, the Clarion County Career Center and its sending schools had been living under the assumption vocational reimbursement funds from the state for the career center should go to the seven sending schools in the county.

RICHLAND TWP. - The Richland Grange, now 113 years old, is looking to revitalize the organization with new members and a May 16 visit from Pennsylvania State Grange President Wayne Campbell.

CLARION - Finalizing the transportation contract between the Clarion Area School District and Paul R. Brown Busing hit a snag at the Clarion School Board's May 3 work session.

CLARION - Residents and elected officials from Clarion and Jefferson counties last week let PennDOT know how they feel about Interstate 80 bridge tolling and the rippling effects it would have on their communities.

FOXBURG - It's no secret the football field located on the A-C Valley School District campus is in serious need of repair and renovation but finding the funding to pay for the project is where it gets dicey.