Education

Policy, precedent in place in district for fan discipline

There is precedent and policy in Warren County School District for excluding individuals from attending sporting events. District administrators cited policy on disruptive spectators when asked if a fan could be kept out of events, but did not offer comment on any individual fan. “If the ...

District can create exceptions to 1-year expulsion for weapons in school

The standard penalty for having a weapon in school is a one-year expulsion. There are exceptions, but even having to go through the hearing to see if those exceptions should be applied can be traumatic for students, Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said. According to ...

2-hour delay

The Warren County School District will follow a two-hour delay on Friday January 13th (www.wcsdpa.org). Boost Post

Warren County school registration

It’s time!  The first day of the next school year may seem a long way off, but the preschools, Warren County School District, and the non-public schools are already planning for your child or children to enter their classrooms.  A great deal of preparation is involved in creating the best ...

Transition services in full swing for students with disabilities

A new program is available to students ages 14 to 21 with disabilities and those receiving mental health or Section 504 services. Thanks to changes to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), which develops new and expands innovative strategies and programs to provide transition ...

School board can now attend electronically

Warren County school board members may soon find it easier to participate in meetings. At Monday’s meeting, the seven members present unanimously approved the first reading of changes to two policies related to electronic attendance at meetings. Currently, board members must be physically ...

School board approves 5th grade to Beaty

Fifth graders in Warren County School District’s central attendance area will attend Beaty-Warren Middle School next year. The school board unanimously passed the item that will attempt to ease overcrowding at Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC) and make better use of available space at ...

Calendars, transportation won’t change at TCCS, WCCS

In a typical school year, the calendars of Warren County’s public schools, charter school, and private schools all line up. This year, with a teachers strike in the Warren County School District that resulted in the loss of seven instructional days over three weeks, there are three ...

Madison Streich

WAHS junior accepted to journalism conference

Madison Streich recently said she hoped to be going to Washington, DC, after being nominated and applying for the George Mason University Washington Journalism and Media Conference. While the nomination, from teacher Amy Eaton at Warren Area High School, won Streich, a WAHS junior, the ...

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Asbestos Abatement Project Designer Tim McLaughlin points to a pipe elbow fitting made of asbestos in a classroom at Warren Area High School. The classroom, which is part of the next phase of renovation at the school, also contains asbestos floor tile and asbestos-containing textured plaster in the ceiling and aprons.

‘There is a plan’

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring material. It has some very desirable properties as a construction material — fire and acid resistance, sounds absorption, and durability. If the fibers are floating free, they have very undesirable effects on people. Prolonged exposure to the ...

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Home room lists hang in the Guidance Office window of Warren Area High School. The newly renovated science wing opened Monday while the classroom wing was closed for the next phase of renovations.

WAHS wing finished; next phase begins

By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com Monday was like the start of a new school year at Warren Area High School. Many students had to find new home rooms. Almost all had to track down new classrooms throughout the day. Hundreds had new lockers. All but six had lockers where they ...

Halls:

Taylor John, a Russell native, qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s 7,700 students ...

School board wants to switch primary focus from facilities to curriculum

For years, the school board has had to focus on its facilities. This year, the board’s goals represent a strong shift toward curriculum. In September, the Warren County School District’s board of directors held its annual goal-setting meeting. Board members rated strengths, weaknesses, ...

Board asked to observe Veteran’s Day with day off

A resident has asked the Warren County School board to make Veteran’s Day a day off of school for Warren County School district students. “I’d like to request that you consider giving students Veteran’s Day (next Nov. 11, 2017) off in your schedule,” Tim Hagberg, who is captain of ...

Snow day will be made up Feb. 20

It was cold and snowy on Thursday, but those were not the only conditions that were less than ideal for transporting students to and from school. Several factors played into the decision to cancel school in the Warren County School District on Thursday. That decision will play a role in the ...

School district to address possible move of fifth graders to Beaty

The Warren County School District will be holding an informational meeting at Beaty Warren Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The meeting will provide information to parents and guardians of students from Warren Area Elementary Center regarding the possible transition of 5th grade ...

Music on the Mountain returning to Sheffield bigger than ever

According to chairperson Art Lane, Music On The Mountain will return in 2017, and larger than ever. “This is going to be the largest show in the region,” Lane said on Monday. In previous years, the Music On The Mountain program has hosted five to six drum and bugle corps. Coming for ...

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The Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) approved by the Warren County School Board on Wednesday will provide additional funds to renovations at Warren Area High School.

QZAB loan approved for school construction

The Warren County School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon to approve a revised Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) resolution for Warren Area High School and beyond construction costs. QZABs, financial instruments created by Congress in 1997, “help schools raise funds to ...

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Nick Giambrone, left, and Derick Nowacki check out some marketing tools at United Refining Company as part Marketing Day, which was organized by The Warren Forest Higher Education Council’s School to Work Program.

Marketing Day

25 Warren County School District students got a chance to see marketing practices of multiple county businesses as part of Marketing Day on Friday. The event, which was organized by The Warren Forest Higher Education Council’s School to Work Program, allowed marketing students from the ...

County can again offer EMT class

It’s been two years since Warren County was able to offer an EMT class. County public safety officials are hoping at least 15 students sign up so there will be one in 2017. The program, through the Community College of Allegheny County, will run from January through June, two nights a week, ...