Dick Rose honored by Allegheny County

Published Mar 3, 2014 at 11:25 am (Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:25 am)

There were more accolades for former school director Richard Rose as District Five Allegheny County Council Member Sue Means presented him with a proclamation from the council during the Feb. 24 Bethel Park School Board meeting.

“Superintendents may come and go, but Dick Rose was always here,” said Means.

The proclamation was presented in recognition of Rose’s 32 years as a member of the Bethel Park School Board. He is the longest serving board member in the district’s history.

“It was a pleasure, all 32 years,” Rose said.

The recognition was one of several that Rose has received since stepping down in December 2013. Last month, Nathan Maines, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, presented a PSBA Honor Roll Plaque to Rose.

During his tenure as a Bethel Park District board member, Rose served on a number of state and local education-related boards and committees.

Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalists

The school board presented certificates of appreciation to Nicola Hipkins and Clyde Qualik for their participation in the state 2014 Teacher of the Year Program.

Hipkins, a high school English teacher, was one of 11 finalists for the title. Qualik, who teaches physics at the high school, was a semi-finalist, for the second time in as many years.

IMS Parking Lot

The board authorized the Hayes Design Group to perform the construction document bidding and construction administration phase services for the Independence Middle School parking lot parking lot project. The district will pay Hayes $75,000 for this phase of the project.

The architectural group is overseeing the parking lot renovation, which will include reconstruction, paving and electrical work, at the school along Bethel Church Road.

District Audit

Steven Cypher, managing partner of account firm of Cypher & Cypher, presented the district’s audit for the 2012-2013 school year.

Cypher said the district brought in $6 million more in revenue than it spent through its general fund, allowing it to add to its unreserved fund balance.

However, the good news was offset by the fact that the district will continue to see increases in health insurance rates and its contribution to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, he said.

According to Cypher, the district could be required to pay more than $41.4 million in contributions over current levels through the next 10 years.

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