County schools recognized for achievements at meeting

It was an award-winning night Monday.

A number of awards and grants were presented at the Warren County School District’s board of directors meeting Monday night.

It was announced that Beaty-Warren Middle School was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education as a school in which special education students exhibited growth at or above the level of their non-disabled peers over a three-year period.

“Beaty-Warren Middle School has a hardworking team of educators,” Special Education Supervisor for the district Kristina Bokulich said. “Everyone at Beaty has a sense of obligation for the education of all students in the building from the para-professional staff, teachers, administrators and secretaries, to the outside agencies that we have working in the building. Everyone attempts to establish a rapport where the students know we believe in them and work hard to discover what motivates each and every student.”

“It was an honor for Beaty-Warren Middle School to receive recognition from the Department of Education – Bureau of Special Education for our efforts in fostering growth with our special education students,” Beaty Principal Rhonda Decker said. “I would attribute most of our success to the attitude and work ethic of our Beaty teachers and staff. They work diligently to establish a learning environment where all students can be successful. Beaty’s faculty and staff set high expectations for all learners and focus on bringing out the best in each student. They are committed and caring individuals who are passionate about education and the belief that, with the proper support systems in place, all children can learn and grow. Our students work hard and prove year after year that they, too, are willing to work hard to learn and grow. We have supportive parents who work with us by encouraging their children to do their very best. We are pleased and honored to have been recognized by PDE.”

Other middle school programs in the district have also recently received awards or recognition including those at Youngsville, Eisenhower and Sheffield middle schools.

“Clearly something special is going on here,” Board President Arthur Stewart said of the numerous recognitions and awards middle level education programs in the district have garnered recently.

Youngsville Area High School received a grant from California Casualty for its track program.

The Thomas R. Brown Award of $2,000 was one of only four awards made in the state.

“First of all, I would like to thank California Casualty for sponsoring this program,” Youngsville Principal Darrell Jaskolka said. “I would also like to extend my appreciation to Mrs. (Claudia) Solinko who brought this grant opportunity to Mr. (Jeff) Manelick’s attention. Lastly, I applaud the efforts of Mr. Manelick for securing one of four grants that were given throughout the state. The financial strain that our community is experiencing in funding the athletic programs at YHS is real. These funds will allow us to purchase needed equipment for our athletes.”

Finally, Louise Tharp was awarded the School Nurse Excellence Award for the Northwest Region by the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners.

“Louise Tharp has been employed as a school nurse with the Warren County School District for 20 years,” Acting District Superintendent Amy Stewart said. ” I have had the pleasure of working with Louise over the last 12 years, and it is no surprise to me that she has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishments. Louise is a real class act. She assumes a leadership role among school nurses here in the district and her expertise in her field is unparalleled.”

Tharp is now eligible for the national excellence award.