Pine-Richland students impress superintendent as they address teachers, administrators
Friday, August 23, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Pine-Richland School District officially launched its “portrait of a graduate” initiative on Aug. 19, the first day back for teachers.
The new measure addresses the preparedness of students for entering the real world. Students spoke to teachers on each of the four elements of the initiative: Eighth-grader Michael Lattari talked about skills; sixth-grader Elise Duckworth spoke on health and wellness; three third-graders — Alec Anderson, Frankie Holderman-Berger and Aeriella Ryetalke — talked about knowledge; and senior Enyo Akwayena spoke on personal qualities and characteristics.
“To see third-graders literally step up on a footstool to share their thinking about this concept in their words was tremendous,” Superintendent Brian Miller told the school board at its monthly meeting later that evening.
In other school district news:
• The board will consider a number of items related to renovations and improvements around the district at its September meeting. Those include awarding contracts for bathroom renovation, exterior facade improvements, and installation of new windows at Richland Elementary; the purchase of a new box truck and tractor; the installation of concrete as part of varsity softball field work; and repair of hail damage to the roof of the high school that occurred over the summer.
• The district conducted 40 indoor air quality tests across all six district buildings, partly as a result of last year’s mold issue that delayed the opening of Hance Elementary, which yielded good results. There was a problem with sewers outside Richland Elementary, and crews began work to dig up and replace broken terra cotta pipes before the start of school.
• Pine-Richland High School, Eden Hall Upper Elementary and Richland Elementary are seeking paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals provide academic, behavioral and emotional support to students with disabilities or behavior issues. The starting rate is $12.45 per hour with full district benefits, paid time off and participation in the state’s retirement program for public school employees. If interested, contact Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs Owen Kenney at 724-625-7773, ext. 6201, or [email protected].