Mohawk schools to form educational foundation

BESSEMER, Pa. -- In the future, Mohawk Area School students may have a greater chance to earn scholarships.
The school board appointed board member David Spears to recruit interested community members to help establish a Mohawk Community Educational Foundation.
"I think it is time we have an educational foundation here at Mohawk," Superintendent Dr. Timothy McNamee said at a board meeting earlier this week.
The foundation will help raise funds for additional scholarships. "This is good for our students. They will be the direct beneficiaries of this," he said.
McNamee said after the meeting that the board has been talking about forming the foundation for about a year.
Spears, who works as a financial planner, will be responsible for recruiting a committee of 12 to 14 members. After its creation, the foundation will work under the umbrella of the Lawrence County Community Foundation.
Upgrading security
The board also approved contracts with Vector Security of Pittsburgh to install security doors at the elementary school and high school.
McNamee said the "buzz in" camera system will cost the district $6,000 at the elementary and $7,000 for a double-door system at the high school.
The district agreed to participate with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in a collaborative technology grant.
Several area school districts are participating in the grant to bring faster Internet service to the districts.
McNamee recognized gifted-student coordinator Jeff McNeish and students Nevin Beatty, David Stull and Lacie Coccia. The students participated in the television program "Hometown Hi Q" in September on KDKA Television in Pittsburgh. The Mohawk team placed second in the competition with other high school teams.

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