Timothy Steinhauer is new superintendent, replacing John Allison, who left to become superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools in Kansas.
Dr. Steinhauer said his primary focus will be to keep the high school renovation project on track.
In June, the board approved the schematic design and directed architects to move into design and development.
Initial plans have been submitted to the state Department of Education.
The district could see groundbreaking on the project, which is currently projected to cost $114 million, in about a year.
A new safety initiative at the high school this year will have more uniformed officers from the Mt. Lebanon Police Department spending time at the school through an arrangement between the district and police department.
This is an expansion of an already existing relationship between the district and police through which crime prevention officers ran programs and spent time in the school.
Now, crime prevention and other uniformed officers will use an office in the high school during their shifts and in between other duties to be available for questions from students and faculty.
The officers' presence in the high school "will add a level of visibility and added security," high school Principal Ron Davis said in a letter to parents.
Also at the high school, an "Athletes Deck" mentoring program will pair each ninth-grade athlete with an upperclass athlete from the same sport to help with the transition to high school.
At the elementary level, the district will for the first time offer brown bag lunches for sale at each of the seven elementaries. The program was piloted at Lincoln and Washington elementaries last year. It will not impact elementary students who still want to go home for lunch.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
From this morning's Post-Gazette roundup of "back to school" news for South Hills districts: