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  1. Steel Valley board denies teachers' restroom grievanceRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 26 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The Steel Valley school board voted unanimously, without discussion, to deny a grievance filed by the teachers union over the use of a faculty restroom by an elementary student with special needs. The vote came after Tracy Montgomery, mother of the student, addressed the board, detailing how she had to fight to get permission for her daughter, Kaitlin, 10, to use the restroom on the lower level of Park Elementary School in Munhall.


  2. Steel Valley teachers unhappy about disabled student using bathroomRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 25 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Tonight the Steel Valley school board will vote on whether to uphold the superintendent's decision to allow a special needs student to continue using a faculty bathroom at Park Elementary School despite a teachers union grievance on the issue. The Steel Valley Education Association filed a grievance on Feb. 13, claiming the student's use of the bathroom violates the teachers contract.


  3. Western Pennsylvania coaches a growing fraternity in NFLRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 25 |

    They were separated by two tables, fitting for a couple of Mon Valley boys whose childhood neighborhoods weren't very far from each other. Mike McCarthy and Jim Tomsula are NFL head coaches who grew up just miles from each other in Western Pennsylvania.


  4. New teachers' contract approved unanimously by Steel Valley school boardRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 12 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Steel Valley school board voted 9-0 Thursday night to approve a new, five-year teachers' contract that is retroactive to July 1, 2014. A majority of members of the Steel Valley Education Association, the district teachers' union, had approved the tentative agreement on Monday.


  5. Teachers OK tentative pact with Steel Valley School DistrictRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 9 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A majority of teachers in the Steel Valley School District voted this afternoon to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the administration, setting up a final school board vote Thursday night. "We are not permitted to reveal any of that until the other side ratifies," said Susan Salapa, a spokeswoman for the Steel Valley Education Association.


  6. Meeting today in Steel Valley aims to head off teacher strikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 7 |

    Negotiators will meet today to try to head off a planned strike by Steel Valley School District teachers on Monday. Parties will meet at 1 p.m. at the high school, said Sue Salapa, spokeswoman for the Steel Valley Education Association.


  7. Steel Valley School District cancels Monday classes due to strike planRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 6 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The Steel Valley School District late today canceled classes until further notice after the teachers union, citing lack of progress in talks, notified it of plans to strike Monday if talks were not resolved. The district, encompasses Homestead, West Homestead and Munhall, and its 133 teachers, nurses and counselors have been without a contract since Aug. 19, officials said.


  8. Munhall man convicted of illegally possessing assault rifleRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 4 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A convicted felon from Munhall who had been under investigation for the slaying of his mother-in-law in 2013 was convicted today on federal firearms charges stemming from the homicide case. Andre Ruffin, 40, went on trial Monday in U.S. District Court on charges of possession of a gun and ammunition as a convicted felon, and the jury returned a guilty verdict today.


  9. Munhall man pleads guilty but mentally ill in mother's shooting deathRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A Munhall man charged in the 2013 shooting death of his mother, with whom he shared a residence, pleaded guilty but mentally ill today to one count of third degree murder and a firearms violation, according to district attorney spokesman Mike Manko. Anthony Scholl, 43, was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in prison in exchange for the plea, Mr. Manko said in an e-mail.


  10. Combine Notebook: Tomsula took long road from Munhall to NFL head-coaching jobRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 |

    INDIANAPOLIS Jim Tomsula's path to coach of the San Francisco 49ers began in Homestead, wound its way to St. Therese Grade School in Munhall and bounced from Central Catholic High School to Steel Valley High School. And he hasn't forgotten one moment of his time in the Mon Valley or the impact of his coach at Steel Valley, George Novak.


  11. South Xtra: Clairton hunting consistency on the courtRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Clairton has had its struggles. The Bears, as typically the case, got a late start due to most of its players competing for the school's football team that advanced to the state final on Dec. 12. Then, several players left the team, forcing others to step into new roles.


  12. Suspect in Munhall bank robbery arrested in GreenfieldRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 7, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A suspect wanted in a bank robbery in Munhall shortly after noon today was arrested a few hours later in Greenfield, according to the Allegheny County police dispatch center. The robbery was reported about 12:10 p.m. at First Commonwealth Bank, 4600 Main St., the dispatch center said.


  13. Wilkinsburg, Propel schools develop security plansRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2015 |

    School officials and police are mapping out long-term security plans for several area schools after two incidents involving law enforcement have occurred on or near school campuses over the past week. Propel Schools administrators Wednesday announced plans to install metal detectors at Braddock Hills High School following a gun incident that put the school on lockdown for hours Monday.


  14. Firefighters work Friday morning to extinguish the fire in Homestead.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Investigators have concluded that the massive fire that hit the main commercial corridor of Homestead early Friday morning was set intentionally, according to Alvin Henderson, chief of the Allegheny County department of emergency services. Flames began in the living room in an apartment above Concept Uniform at 237 East Eighth Ave., spread throughout the building and moved onto others.


  15. Traffic slowed in Munhall after water main burstsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Repair crews with Pennsylvania-American Water Co. are on the scene of the eight-inch break, located near Calvert Drive.


  16. North/South/East/West Xtra: Baseball training facility extends seasonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 |

    A modern baseball training device has come to Western Pennsylvania in the form of the Pro Batter PX2 Baseball Video Simulator at the Training Kamp baseball and softball facility at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Installed last month at the facility, run by former Steel Valley and Point Park player Brian Barca and located in the library's lower level in the former duckpin bowling alley, the PX2 is a pitching machine where a batter sees a video image of a pitcher throwing to them before the ball is released through a hole in the video screen.


  17. Steel Valley school board appoints coachesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2014 |

    Steel Valley school board reappointed head football coach Rodney Steele and appointed eight other coaches at a special meeting last week that lasted less than 17 minutes. Mr. Steele was appointed by a 6-1-1 vote to serve three more years.


  18. Western Pennsylvania governments rethinking their gun-control ordinancesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Even as a courtroom battle brews over whether local governments can pass their own gun-control ordinances, Western Pennsylvania officials are striking the measures from their books. "We've taken action to begin that process," said Robert T. Callen, the Munhall borough manager.


  19. In Steel Valley, students with iPads will become the normRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 10, 2014 |

    The Steel Valley school board voted Dec. 2 to accept a $291,791 donation from Apple Corp. to implement a new districtwide technology plan using iPads. Superintendent Ed Wehrer said the donation, and a separate $69,921 gift from philanthropist William Campbell through his new Campbell Educational and Community Foundation, will be used to train teachers in how to use iPads in the classroom, and to buy the devices for every student.


  20. Police: Munhall man fires rifle at neighbor hanging Christmas lightsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A man whom police said fired a rifle at a neighbor hanging Christmas lights in Munhall and then barricaded himself inside his home Saturday afternoon is awaiting arraignment in the Allegheny County Jail. Richard Carter, 53, of Munhall, will be charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firing a weapon into an occupied structure and three counts of reckless endangerment, Munhall police Chief Patrick Campbell said.


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