Thursday, October 21, 2010

Uniontown teachers not planning strike


Uniontown teachers not planning strike

By Cindy Ekas
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teachers in the Uniontown Area School District, who have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year, have no plans to strike.

"We have no plans to strike at this point in time," said Joe LaPresta, a member of the union's negotiating team, before a school board meeting Monday night. "We're coming to the school board meeting to find out what's going on."

About 100 district teachers attended the meeting to show their support for reaching a contract settlement.

LaPresta said the union's negotiating team has been meeting with representatives of the school board and Superintendent Charles M. Machesky in an effort to reach an agreement.

"We've been meeting on a regular basis and trying to come up with a compromise that both sides will accept," LaPresta said. "Salary and fringe benefits need to be resolved, but there are other issues in the contract that we have to work out before an agreement can be reached."

LaPresta, who has 35 years of experience and teaches advanced placement American history and honors world culture classes, said the next negotiating session will take place Nov. 9 at Central School, the district's administration building on Church Street.

The previous five-year contract for the district's 254 teachers expired at the beginning of September. LaPresta said he has no idea how many years will be covered when a new agreement is reached. The district has an estimated 3,045 students.

The school board held a 45-minute executive session to discuss ongoing contract negotiations, the hiring of several teachers and expelling an unidentified student.

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Monday, March 29, 2010



Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentuck Knob is once again offering free ACT 48 hours for Pennsylvania teachers.



* guided, personalized tour of the Kentuck Knob house
* guided, personalized tour of our extensive Sculpture Meadow
* creation of a content-specific lesson plan for your classroom
* sessions are from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
* participant teachers receive 6 free ACT 48 hours upon completion

(Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your PDE teacher identification number with you.)

Scheduled Session Dates:
May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 30
July 7, 14, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Other teacher training sessions can be added throughout the year as demand dictates. If you have questions or would like to book a teacher training session, please contact Educational Marketing Director Heidi Ruby Miller at or 724/329-1901.


* guided tour of the Kentuck Knob house
* summary of how the field trip worked with your classroom lesson
* participant teachers receive 3 free ACT 48 hours upon completion

Because Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentuck Knob is part of Uniontown Area School Disctrict, we offer field trip rates for Uniontown students at a deep discount of $5 per student. Boxed lunches are also available for $5 per student with advanced order. All teachers receive 10% off in the Gift Shop.

If you have questions or would like to book a student field trip, please contact Educational Marketing Director Heidi Ruby Miller at or 724/329-1901.

You can check out the Kentuck Knob website at:

And the blog:

Saturday, February 6, 2010


From Pam Howarth, UAHS:

The National Honor Society began a drive for Haiti. A nurse from the First Christian Church of New Salem was part of a team going on an annual medical mission. She had requested from our congregation donations of Adult and Children's Tylenol.

As sponsor of the NHS, I was planning on getting students involved, but when the quake hit they asked how they could help. After speaking with the nurse and Mr. Colebank about the urgency of the situation, we began the drive.

With daily announcements and collections, the students, staff and faculty of Uniontown High School, Menallen, Ben Franklin and Neassa Lynn's history classes, NHS students collected 15 boxes of Tylenol, first aid and hygeine supplies and $1150. Our efforts will continue--we're planning a Calendar Party to raise funds for blankets to be sent at a later date.

Pam Howarth

Below is a note of thanks from Chris Kaufman:

To you and all your students-
Thank you does not seem adequate, but it's all I can say. What you and your students did was so overwhelming. Thank you for caring enough about the people of Haiti to do what you did.

The "Haiti" team could not believe all the things I had on Sunday night. Everything is going! It took several hours to get things sorted and packed! The monetary donation will be taken and given to the missionary for food and any other necessities needed for the people. Rest assured every penny will go directly to the people of Haiti.

Please keep us and the people of Haiti in your prayers.

God Bless you all,
Chris Kaufman

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

RE: Collection Opportunity for Soldiers

By request, I'm extending the collection period for a few more weeks. I'll collect until Tuesday, January 19 for a delivery date by Mardi Gras.

Here's a picture of the 303rd:

Here's the 303rd in action: