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District News

New Superintendent: Better to Crunch the
Numbers Than Be Crunched by Them
      Having been an employee of the district since 1985, Portage’s new superintendent, Eric Zelanko, hasn’t had to spend any of his first weeks as chief administrator acquainting himself with the district’s staff and facilities. Instead, he’s been focusing on what he sees as his primary challenge: keeping the district’s doors open while maintaining current programs and services.
Zelanko said that Portage, along with other districts throughout the state, must cope with rising health care and pension expenses while state and federal financial support remains stagnant. “We need to pay our bills without overburdening the community,” he said. He pointed to previous decisions by the state legislature that greatly contributed to the current pension fund shortfall and predicted that some districts are going to fail before legislators take the funding crisis seriously. (More)

 Rousell Shifts to Band, Readies for Summer Camp     
      The Portage Area High School Marching Band will begin their summer camp activities on Monday, July 21. The focus of the first week will be on learning marching band music, followed by three weeks during which the musicians will combine music with their half-time marching routines. 
      The high school band is now under the direction of Floyd Rousell, who shifts into that position from that of high school choral director since 2011.
He replaces Shana Casey, who has taken a position in another district. Rousell announced that the band is building this year’s half-time show around the music of the group Fall Out Boy. "This is going to be a great show, full of energy & excitement! I am looking forward to working with the students on what should be an outstanding year for marching band!”

State Schedules Low-Cost, No-Cost Vaccination Clinics     
The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be hosting several low- or no-cost vaccination clinics in Johnstown this summer.  The clinics, aimed at families with little or no insurance, will be held at the Galleria Mall and the Cambria County State Health Center on several dates in July, August and September.  Click here for more information.




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