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April 14, 2014

Westmont schools will leave rec panel

JOHNSTOWN — The Westmont Hilltop school board on Monday decided to leave the recreation commission that serves the West Hills.

The board unanimously agreed to donate any of its remaining funds in the Westmont Hilltop Recreation Commission to the new West Hills Recreation Commission Ltd.

The board also unanimously agreed to donate its one-quarter interest in the Ridge property to the other  three entities that are involved in the recreation commission – Westmont and Southmont boroughs and Upper Yoder Township.

Board President Michele Trevorrow said the reason the school district left the commission is so it can concentrate on education.

“We hope that everything goes well for them,” she said about the commission.

In other matters, the board listened to a presentation from two of the 13 student teams who placed high in the  the National History Day competition earlier this month at IUP.

All the teams qualify for state competition May 12 and 13 at Millersville University in Lancaster.

“The students did a wonderful job,” said Melissa Kalwanaski, adviser for the team and an English teacher at the Westmont Hilltop Middle School.

“I was amazed that we had so many teams qualify for state competition. The most that we had before was four groups.”

Harry Weidner, Leo Cosgrove and Grayson Moyer presented their project about the 1889 Johnstown Flood to the board.

Moses Zeidan, Austin Gibson and Alex Claycomb presented their project about the Manhattan Project to the board.

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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