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Rostraver Ice Garden Makes It to the Finals
Vote today and tomorrow for the Rostraver Ice Gardens to be the 2017 Kraft Hockeyville USA grand prize winner:
That means $150,000 in improvements and the chance to host an NHL Preseason game.
Again, there’s three ways to vote:
These improvements would go a long way to providing this valuable asset to the community with some well-needed upgrades. Take some time and vote!
Transparency Bill Passes Senate Education Committee
I am pleased to report that my bill to increase the transparency of school board decisions on the hiring of school officials was passed by the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 11-1.
This legislation would require school boards to publicly disclose employment information before hiring a district superintendent, assistant district superintendent or principal. Under this legislation, when a school board extends an offer of employment to a district superintendent, assistant district superintendent, associate superintendent, or any principal, it must first post the terms of employment on the school district’s public website at least two weeks prior to it being approved. The posting must provide the details of the final offer, including salary and the length of the employment contract.
I introduced this bill following a recent audit of the Connellsville School District which uncovered questionable practices and a lack of public input in the hiring of the current superintendent. The school board assured state auditors that it was conducting a nationwide search to fill the position, but days later filled the position at a meeting which was not publicly advertised.
This outrageous failure to notify or inform the public cannot and should not be tolerated. Taxpayers should have information on employment contracts and decisions – they shouldn’t be railroaded through and approved in secrecy.
This legislation will give taxpayers an opportunity to examine the terms of employment contracts that the local school board extends to key district employees and provide their feedback, concerns or support to their elected officials. In a time of tight budgets, and taxpayer concern over rising property taxes, it’s imperative that the hiring process be as open as possible.
You can read the bill here.
Herald-Standard Editorial: Good News!
The Herald-Standard editorial board brought attention to my efforts to support the Mon-Fayette Expressway.
“While there’s plenty of kudos to go around, much of the credit goes to Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites and state Sen. Pat Stefano, R-Bullskin Township,” the editorial read.
It went on to say, “Stefano, meanwhile, worked with other legislators on the region and got them to join forces in showing their support for the expressway…Stefano and Vicites will have to continue their work in generating support for the project. Everyone will have to do their part as well. We’ve come this far. Nothing short of completing the Mon-Fayette Expressway will be acceptable. By uniting and working together, we can complete this highway once and for all.”
You can read the whole editorial online here.
This past weekend I volunteered with other area elected officials to serve at Community Action Empty Bowls Event. Empty Bowls raises awareness of hunger in our community and collects funds to support our local food bank. Attendees receive a handmade ceramic bowl, artfully crafted by local students and a simple meal of a bowl of soup, bread and a bottle of water, all donated by local restaurants and businesses.
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171 West Crawford Ave
118 West Main Street