NA School Board Finalizes Agreement With NA Federation of Teachers
Posted by NASD at 2/26/2015
The Board of School Directors of the North Allegheny School District finalized a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in an early bird settlement with the North Allegheny Federation of Teachers at their Regular Voting Meeting tonight. This follows the ratification of this agreement by the North Allegheny Federation of Teachers (NAFT) on Monday, February 23, 2015.
This new agreement will be effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020. The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, 2015. Significant features of the new CBA include:
Total salary increases of approximately 2.5% annually over the term of the contract. Provisions are made for an increase of 1% on all but the final step of the salary schedule and 1.3% on the final step over the duration of the contract.
An increase in the amount members will pay for health care benefits, including prescription and office visit co-pays, as well as their contribution to the program premium – which will increase from 12% to 13.5% by 2020.
Some adjustments to address compensation for involvement in extra-curricular activities and sports in the supplemental contract.
“I am pleased that the North Allegheny School District and the North Allegheny Federation of Teachers have reached an agreement I believe is fair to all parties involved – as well as our community overall,” said Christopher Jacobs, School Board President.
The District currently employs 611 NAFT professional members, including those with half-time assignments. The majority of those positions are held by teachers.
This agreement was negotiated by Dr. Jo Welter, Chief Spokesperson and Director of Human Resources for NASD, and Judy Dulemba, Chief Spokesperson and 2014-2015 President of NAFT. Other members of the District negotiating team were Mr. Jacobs and Maureen Grosheider, School Board member. Members of the negotiating team for the Federation of Teachers were Mike McConegley and Jennifer Luce.
“North Allegheny has an exceptional relationship with our professional staff and we are delighted to be able to work so cooperatively and productively with them,” said Dr. Welter. “They are exemplary educators and the foundation of the outstanding work of this District.”
Ms. Judy Dulemba, President of NAFT, added these remarks: “This agreement reflects the on-going commitment of both the Federation and the District to work collaboratively to provide quality education for the young people of North Allegheny.”
The North Allegheny School
District (NASD) is proud to announce that a number of NA middle school and high
school students have recently been recognized for their accomplishments in the
Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. The following students have earned
the prestigious “Gold Key” award – the highest honor possible in the Regional
competition – and have qualified to have their work submitted for national
Six Gold Key
Two Gold Key
Gold Key Award
and American Visions Nominee
The Scholastic Art & Writing
Awards, dating back to 1923, is the longest-running and most prestigious
recognition program for creative teens in the U.S. It is the nation’s largest
source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. Each year, teens
in grades 7 through 12 can apply in various categories for the chance to earn
scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are
juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts. Panelists look for works
that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a
personal voice or vision. More
information on the Scholastic Writing Awards can be found on the following
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that students from the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will present 42nd Street from March 4–8, 2015. All performances will be held in the NASH Auditorium, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford.
Evening performances will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 4th through Saturday, March 7th. There will be one afternoon performance on Sunday, March 8th, beginning at 2:00 pm. A Senior Citizens’ Gold Card performance will be on Tuesday, March 3rd at 3:30 p.m. This performance is free to Senior Citizen residents of the North Allegheny School District who have a Gold Card. For information about the NASD Gold Card Program, please call 412-369-5445.
42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for a new Broadway musical. Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives to the audition late and misses her chance to join the chorus. Luckily, Peggy gets her big break on opening night, when the leading lady falls and breaks her ankle. Panic spreads through the company, as the show is doomed for closure, until it is suggested that Peggy take the role. In only thirty-six hours, Peggy learns twenty-five pages, six songs and ten dance numbers and becomes a star.
All seating is reserved and tickets are $13. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the NASH Box Office at 724-934-7288.
NA History Museum Announces Saturday Hours for Limited Time
Posted by NASD at 2/13/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that Mr. Joe Bullick, Curator and Historian, has announced that the NA History Museum will be open to the public on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the months of February and March, 2015. The NA History Museum is located in the Annex of McKnight Elementary School, 500 Cumberland Road, in the Town of McCandless.
The museum includes thousands of unique artifacts that represent various decades of history and experience in the North Hills community and particularly the North Allegheny School District. Students, parents, residents and senior citizens will discover new and familiar treasures to enjoy again and again.
NA Students Win Honors at Regional Science Competition
Posted by NASD at 2/13/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that seventeen NA students took First Place awards at the regional competition for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and now have the opportunity to participate in the state competition to be held at Penn State University in May.
First Place winners were: • 7th grader Zehra Mehdi; • 8th graders Adelle Fernando and TJ Faber; • 9th graders Nikhil Behari, Akshath Jain and Serena Yan; • 10th grader Tania Mulherkar; • 11th graders Mohit Bhide, Shanelle Fernando, Sophia Lee, Zain Mehdi, Eric Mi, Ashwin Reddy, Ashvath Sekhar, Nila Suresh and Jack You; and • 12th grader Pranav Murthy.
NA students also claimed five Second Place awards. They were: Anuleka Elapavaluru, Abhilash Dhanvada, Thomas Kim, Vibha Reddy and Samidha Sane.
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations. To learn more about the PJAS, please visit their website at http://www.pjas.net/.
Twenty-Eight NA Students Advance to Finalist State of National Merit Scholarship Competition
Posted by NASD at 2/13/2015
The North Allegheny School
District (NASD) proudly announces that all 28 senior high school students named
National Merit Semi-Finalists by the National Merit® ScholarshipCorporation (NMSC) in September 2014 have advanced to the Finalist stage
in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Each of the students
has received a Certificate of Merit for meeting all the requirements to
be named a Finalist and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships,
which will be offered in the upcoming months. Finalist students are:
The National Merit®
Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships
that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by
taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which
serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and
by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
they can be considered for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists must advance
to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements
that include having an outstanding academic record, being endorsed and
recommended by the high school principal, and submitting SAT scores that
confirm their earlier PSAT/NMSQT performance. Other information evaluated
includes the student’s educational interest and goals, as well as participating
and leadership in school and community activities.
NA High School Student Recognized in National Awards Program
Posted by NASD at 2/13/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that senior Jamie Feldman has been recognized as a Distinguished Finalist in the 20th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Jamie will receive an engraved bronze medallion to commemorate this honor.
Mr. Walt Sieminski, Principal at the North Allegheny Senior High School, nominated Jamie for this recognition. Jamie has raised $25,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research through her project, “Hop for Leukemia,” which she began at her elementary school. Jamie’s years of service began with the news of her sister’s leukemia diagnosis. She has been running events and raising funds for a cure ever since. Jamie is among only 10 students in Pennsylvania to be recognized in this year’s program.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.
Since the program began in 1995, more than 100,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program also distributed President’s Volunteer Service Awards to qualifying Local Honorees on behalf of President Barack Obama.
For information on all of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that students from the North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) will present “Harvey” on Thursday, February 12; Friday, February 13; and Saturday, February 14 at 7:00 PM. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday at 2:00 PM. All performances will be held in the NAI Auditorium, 350 Cumberland Road, Town of McCandless. All tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at the door.
NAI students will also offer a special Senior Citizens’ Gold Card Performance on Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 PM. This performance is free to senior citizen residents of the North Allegheny School District who have a Gold Card. For information about the NASD Gold Card Program, please call 412-369-5445.
“Harvey” tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen friend Harvey – whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling a rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues!
For more information about the NAI play, please call NAI at 412-369-5530.