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School year begins in Penns Valley

by and on September 13, 2012 6:30 PM

SPRING MILLS — At 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 4, 5-year-old K.C. Marshall waited for the school bus on Brush Mountain Road in Gregg Township.

It was his first day of kindergarten, and he was wearing his brand new backpack.

“He's had that on for an hour,” said his mother, Susan McMonagle.

She displayed a cell phone photo of K.C. eating breakfast while wearing the backpack. KC.'s big sister, second grader Carley Beard, shared K.C.’s excitement about school starting.

“She was still awake at 10:30 last night,” said her mother.

Also excited about starting school was their neighbor, five year old R-Jay Dobson. It was his first day of kindergarten, too. His father said R-Jay was up at 5:30 a.m.

All the children smiled as the bus arrived. They ran across the road and quickly disappeared behind its dark tinted windows. They knocked on the glass and waved as the bus headed north over Brush Mountain, bound for the Miles Township Elementary School in Rebersburg.

At the Penns Valley High School, administrators stood at the main entrance, greeting students arriving for their first day of the school year. The Penns Valley district started the year with several administrative changes. Dustin Dalton replaces outgoing high school principal Jacquelyn Martin, who has taken a position in the State College Area School District. Dalton comes to Penns Valley from Lewisburg, where he held a similar position.

Danielle Yoder replaces Carolyn Payne, who has retired as principal of the Centre Hall and Miles Township Elementary Schools. Holly Sawyer is the new Director of Special Education, replacing Bobbi Jo Wakefield, who has retired. District superintendent, Brian Griffith, said that all students in grades ninth through 12th at the Penns Valley High School will be issued laptop computers this year. Griffith said he looks forward to a year of education excellence for the Penns Valley School District.

Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.

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