Montour demographic study finds gradual population increase
By Lori Altmeyer
Last summer, Montour officials partnered with consultants from Davis Demographics regarding student population forecasting for the district.
Montour has experienced significant growth over the past six years with an increase in the student population from 2,800 to 3,100 students according to Superintendent Christopher Stone.
To better understand the area’s growing population, a several-month-long study was entered into to look at birthrates, construction yields, mobility rates, density rates and open land future developments.
Stone shared the results of this study during the Feb. 16 school board meeting.
The study determined that Montour's student population is projected to continue to increase gradually and noted the district has enough facilities and space to accommodate this growth.
Stone also noted the study was related to district officials wanting to follow the trends and understand its growing population to ensure ample facility availability for the increased student population.
Members of the Montour High School Leukemia and Lymphoma Society team are currently raising money for the organization.
Students Natalie Rodriguez, Karlie Marnich and Grayson Sleva lead Montour's fundraising efforts and the student visionaries of the year campaign that fosters skills of entrepreneurship, marketing and project management in order to raise funds for LLS.
An award goes to the student/team raising the most funds throughout the year. Directors approved a $3,000 donation from the School Board for this purpose.
Braden Jasin, high school technology education teacher, will be awarded $1,800 from Pittsburgh Technical College for his successful completion of a course in AutoCAD.
These monies are part of allocated funds from a National Science Foundation grant that was previously awarded to Pittsburgh Technical College.
Additionally, PTC provided a $3,500 grant for the high school science department.
The following grants and donations were also accepted:
• $20 from Mr. and Mrs. P. Manfredo for the Montour Classroom Cupboard
• $414 from the National Energy Education Development Project for substitute cost reimbursement
Clever Park Pool
An agreement was reached between the American National Red Cross and Montour School District in order to permit individuals, who are both Red Cross-certified instructors in good standing and employees of the Montour School District, to deliver instruction in Red Cross courses.
This will allow teacher Lizzie Buckholt to facilitate the certifications of lifeguards for the pool at Clever Park in Robinson.
Earlier this year, Robinson Township officials announced the Clever Park pool would be open to residents who live in the Montour School District.
Last year, pool access had been resident only.
This year, 2023 season pool passes will be available to Robinson Township residents at the resident fee, and to anyone living in the Montour School District at the non-resident price.
Daily passes and guest passes will only be available to Robinson residents.