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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.
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WELCOME AND FAREWELL - It resulted
in an exchange of greetings last December
when two new School Board members, Mr.
Norris and Atty. Rodger, were elected to
positions formerly occupied by outgoing mem-
bers, Mrs. Edna Mae Stout and George Vran-
esh, Sr. Extending the official Uwelcome' and
"farewell" wishes was Mr. Graham, the Board
TAXPAYERS SPEAK UP fBelow leftl - Mrs. Elmer Hol-
libaugh, representing Russellton P-TA, presents a request to the
School Board during a typical meeting. Other township citizens
on hand for the meeting that particular evening were, from left,
Mrs. Everett "Maw" Daugherty, Mrs. Mervin Grunden, Mrs. W.
E. Nary, and Mrs. Dorothy Booth. School Board meetings are
always open to .the public and taxpayers of the township are
extended a standing invitation to present suggestions for the
betterment of their school district.
STILL GOING STRONG - Probably no one understands func-
tions and responsibilities of a School Board as do Mr. Graham,
left, and -Mr. Castello, the "deans" of the West Deer Board.
Mr. Graham has been a member of the West Deer Board for the
past 19 yearsg Mr. Castello, the past 21 years. Both have been
key figures in formulating the decisions which have resulted in
almost phenomenal growth for the West Deer School District
in the last decade. Within that time the district has advanced
from dilapidated, dangerous wooden buildings and no high school
to the present picture of three modern elementary school struc-
tures and a high school that provide top notch education for a
student enrollment of well over 2,200 - and still growing.
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REQUEST GRANTED CBelowl - From the apparent pleased
look on the faces of the visiting citizens, their request or sug-
gestion was accepted by the Board. During the course of the
year the Board must act on countless requests, some in the form
of hot tempered criticisms, ranging from permission to use build-
ing facilities to "why didn't the school bus wait a few minutes
extra yesterday morning for my daughter?". At times the
requests or "suggestions" come in the form of illogical criticisms
from selfish individuals who have not attempted to examine
the point in question from all sides.
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