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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 1/10/18

School construction in 1962 to highlight borough improvements

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 edition of the Press & Journal


School board voices disagreement of criticisms in auditor’s report

The Pennsylvania auditor general this week released a sharp criticism of the Middletown Area School Board.

Reports from the auditor general’s office cited three findings where the school district violated the Public School Code.

The board expressed opinions that showed the accusations made by the auditor general to be very misleading.

In a conference with the auditors back in August 1978, school board superintendent W. Reed Ernst said that, “we were told that it was a good audit. They accepted all our solutions.”

The audit findings indicated that the school district should forfeit $7,362 for an improperly assigned teacher; improperly expended $18,526 in free meals; and over-expended the budget by $153,386 for the year 1975-76.

Ernst explained that the teacher in question was fully qualified for the job but lacked the formal paperwork.

In addressing the $18,526 in free meals, Ernst stated that it was an old unwritten policy.

“Because the cafeteria workers receive minimum wages this has been regarded as a fringe benefit.”

The auditors accepted a decision to move money from the general fund to the cafeteria fund and the solution was enacted.

But, because the audits are two years old, they are pointing to errors that, according to the school district business manager, Donald Faust, were already corrected.

In the third finding on the audit, the school district was accused of over-expending in certain budgetary categories in 1975-76 and 1976-77 by $153,386.

“We had an adequate amount of funds," Faust stated. “The only problem was that it was listed under a different category.”

The Grandview School building was finished ahead of schedule and money was moved from other areas to pay for it.

“We paid off that in two years and saved the Middletown area taxpayers a tremendous amount of money,” Ernst said.

Raider girls stumble to Cougars but trounce East Pennsboro, 60-40

During the past week, the Blue Raider girls basketball team was beaten by the Palmyra Cougars and then established an easy win over the Panthers of East Pennsboro, 60-40.

The JVs defeated Palmyra in a close contest that was decided at the free throw line.

In action last Tuesday, Palmyra had an early 14-6 lead over the Middletown gals after the first quarter of play. The Raiders attempted a comeback, but Palmyra's full court press just refused to allow the Middletown team to connect for the score.

Last Friday, the Raider girls took on East Pennsboro in a home contest. Middletown exploded to a 21-4 first-quarter lead, mainly behind the dead-eye shooting of guards Crystal Brezna and Karen Helman.

All the Raiders players saw action against the Panthers.

Legion Post 594 kicks off blood drive

The Middletown American Legion Post 594 will once again begin its community blood drive for 1979 this Friday, Jan 12. From 10 a.m. to 5 o’clock in the afternoon, a Blood Mobile unit will be parked at the Post Home to collect blood donations from area residents.

This year’s Legion Blood Campaign Chairman is Rayme Weaver.

“What we'd like to emphasize to citizens concerning this blood drive is that this project is a total community project aimed at helping all residents of the Middletown area,” Weaver said. “People from Royalton, Lower Swatara and Londonderry Townships as well as Middletown residents are urged to donate blood to this bank.”

Weaver explained that the blood bank reserve, which is established each year through the Legion’s activity, is open to any Middletown resident upon their request.

“You don't have to be a contributor or even a Legion member to make use of the blood reserve,” the campaign chairman told the Press & Journal. “Why just yesterday a former Middletown resident now living in Altoona requested and received some blood from our bank.”

Headlines from the edition

• Evaluators commend Feaser Junior High

• Borough administrative assistant accepts position in Illinois

• Gypsy moths and parasites are engaged in biological warfare

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