Tuesday, January 29, 2013
School board agenda meetings are now paperless in the Keystone Oaks School District.
The Keystone Oaks School Board is "going digital." Gone are the days of visitors flipping through a 20-page agenda, and of school board members searching page-by-page through an even larger mass of paperwork—now, everything is on screen. The paperless meetings started earlier this month. Now, when residents come to the meetings, instead of picking up a paper agenda packet, the agenda will be displayed on two large screens, one on each side of the board room. "I think this adds more transparency," said district communications director Jim Cromie. "This is the same packet that's online. What used to happen was that we would print 25 of these 20-or-more page documents, and maybe seven people came to the meeting. There was a lot of waste." The…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
A single bullet was found in a Keystone Oaks hallway Friday morning, but no weapons were found in the school.
A single bullet—but no weapons—was found inside Keystone Oaks Middle School on Friday morning. According to district information director James Cromie, two middle school students found a single, loose bullet on the floor in the locker area around 7:50 a.m. and reported it to school officials. The school district enacted its Emergency Action Plan, which calls for students to remain in their classrooms. Police conducted an extensive search of every student, locker and bag in the middle and high schools and found that no additional bullets or weapons of any kind were present. The regular class schedule resumed at 11 a.m. Continue to follow Dormont-Brookline Patch as details become available. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Keystone Oaks School District administrative staff will hold two public meeting sessions today, Wednesday, to discuss the school's financial situation.
The administrative staff of Keystone Oaks School District will hold two sessions of a public meeting to discuss the school's financial situation today, Wednesday, in the Keystone Oaks High School auditorium. Superintendent William Stropkaj will lead the meetings along with assistant Superintendent Kathy Foster, Director of Fiscal Services Eric Brandenburg, and district Communications Specialist Jim Cromie. The information sessions are expected to last about 20 minutes each. Following the session, the administration will take and answer questions from the public. If you're going: Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Curious about the financial state of Keystone Oaks School District? The administrators want to explain it to you.
Wondering about the financial state of Keystone Oaks School District? Want to know how school districts create yearly budgets? The administrative staff of Keystone Oaks School District wants to explain it to you. The administration will hold two public presentations on Wednesday, Oct. 10 that will focus on the process of budget development as well as the current financial status of the district. "I want to be able to explain to the public what the process is and how you go through it," said Superintendent William Stropkaj. "These (meetings) are very good things to help get community informed of where we’re spending money, how we’re spending the money, where we are, where we need to go, and what’s happening." Stropkaj said he will lead the …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Even if you don't have kids in the school district, all school district residents are invited to attend the community coffees.
Keystone Oaks Superintendent William Stropkaj will hold the next Community Coffee at Fred L. Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 2. The first Community Coffee was held at Dormont Elementary on Sept. 25. About eight parents attended—which district Public Relation Director Jim Cromie said is fantastic—but the district wants to encourage other community members to come, too, even if they don't have children in the school district. "What we’re hoping to do is get some seniors out and some people living in district without children in school," Cromie said. "We’re glad to have the parents' perspective but we’d also like to have a cross section of interests represented." All school district residents are welcome at all …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Keystone Oaks will not offer an activity bus during the 2012-13 school year.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Keystone Oaks School District will not provide activiity buses for any of the district buildings for the 2012-13 school year. Parents or guardians of students who participate in after-school activities will be responsible for the student's transportation from the school. District public relations director Jim Cromie said in an email Monday that the decision was made for budgetary reasons. Only a handful of students had been using the activity buses, he said, and it was becoming expensive to run the buses to three communities. Typically, most students are either finding their own rides or driving themselves, he said. The announcement can be found on the district's website. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more…