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"Troop 84 has a paper drive" every third Saturday of the month, weather permitting.
They will be picking up next to the water tower at Bartís Centenary Methodist Church on E. King St.

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snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
12:08 PM ET (US)
Any know where I can purchase a scanner or monitor?
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:31 AM ET (US)

There doesn't really appear to be much educational leadership right now. Everything is about the soccer field. Spending $73,000 of taxpayer money on an airplane sculpture when the busses are falling apart and educational results are falling pretty much tells you what you need to know about their priorities.

I don't know enough about being in the bus business or sub contracting it to have an opinion, but it should be considered as an option.
snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
05:38 PM ET (US)
Can any one explain why the school board continue's to be in the transport business.
Seems to me that they should let an out side firm do this and stay in business of teaching.

When I was working we found out it was cost less to let the expert's do the transporting and
we would do the manufacturing.

Perhap's something to think about.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
10:43 AM ET (US)
I read in the Times that the bus fleet is old and they haven't bought any new buses in 4-5 years.

I have a suggestion, maybe crank up the airplane sculpture and fly it around the district and pick up students with it.

Times article:

The district has been down a bus since July, when bus 61 went out of service partially because authorities said it was not "yellow enough" and was rusting out, according to Herrell.

"It's just taking up space now. We can't use it for anything," Herrell said.

The district's oldest bus just turned 20-years-old. Herrell said the average lifespan is 10 to 11 years. Currently, the district has 18 full-size buses, one mid-size bus, and six vans, according to Herrell. He said that is two fewer buses than usual. Littlestown has about 1,440 students registered to ride buses, said Herrell.

"We have quite a few buses that are getting up in age," Herrell said. "We're getting to the point now that they're rusting out."
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
11:23 AM ET (US)

We are in basic agreement I think. My point is Littlestown's educational results are declining based on test results. The test results are, in my opinion, directional and do confirm our results are declining. All the talk of airplane sculptures and soccer fields and slogans don't change that we are declining. Educational assets are being wasted and spent in the wrong areas.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
05:01 PM ET (US)
Harry, I beg to disagree. Test results are a reflection of what most students know. There were various reports of districts cheating on those results to superficially raise their overall scores before the tests were changed. I guess some are blaming the tests but I feel that`s pretty much a distraction from the real issue which is drifting away from curriculum which stresses basic english, writing, math, American history and civics to a curriculum which instead stresses PC, multiculturism, computer use, etc. The former gives a firm foundation to the later. Without the former, the later merely produces a dumbed down, robotic, ill-educated individual.
Edited 03-09-2018 05:22 PM
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01:56 PM ET (US)

The "change to the test" didn't effect the high school's results. I don't buy blaming the test. Tests aren't perfect but they are directional and Littlestown's direction is headed down.

It appears there has been change in the district over the years. Soccer fields, slogans, feel good things, have replaced a focus on improving education. Any school district has limited assets. The focus on the use of our assets has not been on education. Buying a $73,000 airplane sculpture is an egregious example of this point. Besides being a waste of money, that was snuck through at the last minute.

momto4 hopefully the public wakes up and starts holding the board and administration accountable. Results speak for themselves. The feel good stuff and slogans do not prepare our students for the future.
CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
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CapricornPerson was signed in when posted
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momto4Person was signed in when posted
09:34 AM ET (US)
Harry C. - Thanks for the data breakdown! I will be addressing this to the board this month as a concerned citizen. I'm trying to investigate what's going on within the district and what us parents can do to help.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
02:32 PM ET (US)
I was looking at the PA Dept. of Ed web page. It is interesting to look at the results of our schools and how badly they have declined under our current leadership. Each school gets a grade, sort like a test score. 100 is the highest. 90-100 would be considered an A, 89-80 a B etc.

In 2013/14 the high school was 83.2 and today is 84.2; a solid B, and one might argue the results of the previous educational direction when these students were coming up through the school.

Maple Ave. was 83.2 and today is 56.6; a solid F

Rolling Acres was 84.1 and today 65.8; a middle D

As we are spending our educational dollars on airplane sculptures and soccer fields and spouting off cute slogans, our schools are suffering and trending down hill.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
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major momPerson was signed in when posted
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Harry C- Oh I have errored! Passes for the pool will be handled by the YMCA. The boro office will continue to manage the rental of the pavillion and park related matters. My bad!
major momPerson was signed in when posted
10:13 AM ET (US)
Harry C. - The Y will manage the pool and they will be in charge of the physical plant. They have NOT purchased the pool. The community park is the property of the Borough. They may be "enhancing" the property in the future but that means improving things. Memberships will still be offered at the Borough office. They will run the consessions stand. Nothing but good here for the Borough. The pool has been a big loss to the town. It hasn't been profitable for years. The Y feels it can change that with programs that we welcome!
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
07:51 AM ET (US)
No one get on here anymore?
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01:13 PM ET (US)

A few questions. Does the boro still own the property? What exactly does not making changes as of now mean? Is the Y managing the property or did they buy it?
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
01:11 PM ET (US)
The Littlestown Community Park could expand through a new partnership with the Hanover Area YMCA, according to a news release.

The 15-acre park features a community pool, soccer and baseball fields, walking trails, rentable gazebos and tennis courts. The YMCA is planning to add more sports fields for "more fitness and wellness opportunities," but will not be making any significant changes to the current setup as of now.

Littlestown Borough and the Hanover Area YMCA had worked on a partnership for months before coming to an agreement on Jan. 25, according to the news release.

“We couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of,” Ryan Fitzgibbons, president and chief operating officer for the Hanover Area YMCA, stated in the news release. “The Littlestown community has really helped us grow to where we are today, and we are beyond grateful to be able to extend this opportunity to give back.”

The Littlestown Community Pool will open Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and officially open for the summer on Saturday, June 2.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
07:56 AM ET (US)
$4.5 million for a new stadium? What happened to the this project is way under budget? Let's waste $72,000 on an airplane sculpture because we got the money? Why not cut that waste of taxpayer money? The voucher rationalization is laughable. Truly laughable. Educational results are suffering but we'll have a nice new soccer field, oh and higher taxes.

Littlestown School Board Monday evening accepted bids totaling $4 million for its new sports stadium.

The board held a back-to-back work session and regular meeting Monday, during which Anthony Colestock, project manager, presented cost-saving options. Colestock told the board in December that bids came in "substantially" higher than expected.

Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates estimated construction costs to be $3,651,753 for the stadium, but the bids came in about $1 million higher, according to Colestock.

He cited increasing construction costs as one of the reasons the estimate was so far off.

The board opted to save $111,500 by reducing the imported ground fill ($99,000) and eliminating utility runs to a possible future team room ($12,500). Colestock presented another option that could have saved the district an additional $258,800 by eliminating the ticket booth, decorative fences, concrete pad under the visitor bleachers, and football goal post nets, among other items.

The board came to a general consensus during the work session that it would be better to make fewer cuts to ensure the students get a high-quality stadium. Although the bids came in higher than the estimates, they were still within budget, board members noted. The entire stadium project, including soft costs and potential costs, comes to $4.48 million, according to Business Manager Mike Statler.

"I don't see any point in doing it cheap. We should do it right or not do it at all," board member Jim Witt said.
Colestock noted the bid for Rolling Acres' demolition came in about $400,000 less than expected, which bodes well for the overall cost of the campus improvement project.
During the regular meeting, the board voted unanimously to award bids to general contractor LandTek Group for $2,720,000 with the alternate for Sprint-Turf at $427,000, on the condition of change orders being applied to save the district $111,500. McCarty & Son won the bid for electrical at $649,972, and HVAC and plumbing went to Stouffer Mechanical Contractor for $58,046 and $124,900, respectively. Quality Assurance Plus will handle testing and inspections for $84,781.
Before the vote, board member Melinda Jones said she wasn't "real happy" with the price tag of the project, but said it would be good for the district in the long run. Jones noted how school voucher changes could affect where students go to school in the future and said the stadium might be one way to attract students.
"We've got to step up as a district and show that this is why you should come here," Jones said.

The stadium construction will start after Rolling Acres' demolition is complete in February, Colestock said. The stadium is scheduled for completion on Aug. 15, 2018.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
03:01 PM ET (US)
Harry C -I agree.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
08:10 AM ET (US)
Happened to drive by what is left of Rolling Acres. What a complete travesty and waste to be tearing that down to build a soccer field. It is disappointing the degree of apathy in the community that allows this to happen. People just don't want to get involved anymore which allows the few with agendas to carry on.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
02:00 PM ET (US)
Groucho - Call the Code Enforcement officer to complain about that.
GrouchoPerson was signed in when posted
03:04 PM ET (US)
Snowbird: Don't bother calling the police to enforce the law. They won't do anything. Who is suppose to enforce the law when people don't shovel their sidewalks within 24 hour after snow falls? A LOT of sidewalks NOT DONE from the last snow fall. You better hope to GOD that I don't fall on a snow covered sidewalk.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
02:28 PM ET (US)
Snowbird - I spoke with Mr. Kellar yesterday and there is to be a 5 ft. clearance on either side of a driveway entrance. That means no one parks there,not even your vehicles. If it happens, you may call the Police to come enforce the law.
snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
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Thank, M M.
major momPerson was signed in when posted
01:25 PM ET (US)
Snowbird - Call the Boro manager and let him know of the problem. He will look at it and if he agrees, paint it for you. Its been done in several places in the Boro.
snowbirdPerson was signed in when posted
04:40 PM ET (US)
I have a concern and question. For all the person's that have driveway's. It become's very difficult to exit drive way when some one pull's right up to cut out, but not over. It is even more difficult to exit when car's pull right up to edge on both side's. Question, would owner's be able to paint the curb yellow or red appx 5 to 7 ft at owner's expense and would it be enforceable?
major momPerson was signed in when posted
01:35 PM ET (US)
Merry christmas eve everyone! May 2018 be a blessed time for you and yours and may you feel the love of God in your lives!
Sandy Conrad, Borough SecretaryPerson was signed in when posted
12:19 PM ET (US)
Wine Festival gift certificates are available to purchase at the Borough Office, Mon-Fri 7am - 3:30pm or by calling Sharon Lentzner at (717)359-9550. They make great Christmas, Birthday or Anniversary gifts for the person who loves wine. Each gift certificate is only good for one day (May 19th or 20th). Price is $15.00 for advance tickets (includes wine glass) and $10.00 for Non-Drinker.
Harry C,Person was signed in when posted
04:21 PM ET (US)
Let me get this straight, the school board approves a $72,000 airplane sculpture because the bids are low and they have extra money from the stadium project, then the stadium bids are substantially over budget. Hello? No one asked how much substantial was in dollars? Out of control. Not representing the taxpayers. Where is the accountability? Where is the common sense?
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