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CITIZENS ON THE JOB -- These seven township citizens, plus their legal adviser, made up the West Deer Twp. Board of Education
during the 1959-60 school term. They had the task of setting policies and keeping close tab of .the township educational facilities that
now total in the millions of dollars. From left are Atty. William Rodger, of Curtisvilleg Mrs. John Doman, Bairdfordg George Semko,
board secretary, Saxonburg Blvd.g Atty. Max 0. Siegel, hoard solicitorg Robert Graham, board president, Russelltong Louis Castello,
board treasurer, Bairdfordg John Makuta, board vice-president, Curtisville, and Clarence T. Norris, Culmerville. The board members,
ardent citizens dedicated to providing the best education possible for children of West Deer Twp., serve without pay. Only the secre-
tary and the treasurer receive nominal sums for their additional duties.
'Growing Pains' Still Ail School Board
Everything continued to grow during the 1959-60
school term - so that meant more of that 20th cen-
tury ailment known as "growing painsii which the West
Deer Board of Education had to endure and attempt to
The school district student population continued its
upward spiral, now clearing the 2,200 mark. Each of
the five schools in the district was feeling effects of
bulging enrollment. More meetings were held in an
attempt to find a solution, but there seemed to be an
unexplainable stalemate. Some were still advocating
a merger with East Deer Twp., while others were sug-
gesting a larger district union. During 1959-60, the
picture of what happens in the next few years in respect
to adequate building facilities remained confused.
Some relief is expected if the local parochial schools
are constructed as scheduled. However, the bulge
would still remain in the secondary level.
Mounting costs also produced more problems for
the Board. The budget for 1960-61 was expected to
climb over 3,800,000 That meant the school district
would soon be spending a million dollars a year to
Facing these problems and decisions, plus many,
many more, were the seven members of the Board.
Joining the veteran members, Mr. Graham, Mr. Castello,
and Mr. Semko, during the year were Mrs. Doman and
Mr. Makuta, appointed to replace Mr. Buydoso and Mr.
Falconer who resigned their positions because of other
occupational duties. Then in December, two more fam-
iliar West Deer citizens, Mr. Norris and Atty. Rodger,
were added to the Board via elections. It was a "wel-
come baclc" for Mr. Norris since he had previously
served as teacher and superintendent 'in the school dis-
trict for -over 24- years. Atty. Rodger's election to the
Board was significant in that he became the first West
Deer High School graduate to be given the honor.