Voters of Pittsburgh should face a ballot question to allow city employees to be eligible to coach in Pittsburgh Public Schools

The measure I put forth to council was just passed by Pittsburgh’s City Council and it now heads to the mayor for his signature before going to Department of Elections of Allegheny County.

City employees, including those working as police, firefighers, EMS, public works, and even members of city council, would be able to applicants for part-time coaching positions.

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Thanks Natalia for advancing this in council for me.

This measured reply surfaced in response to Allderdice swim coaching saga in the 2016-17 season.

August 21 event, #WeArePPS, at Langley to feature SKWIM & Water Polo

Pittsburgh Public Schools will be hosting its annual back to school event, #WeArePPS, starting at 1 pm on August 21, 2017 — and this year’s event at Langley K-8 is going to include SKWIM and Water Polo.

Every year, families of Pittsburgh flock to an event designed to equip the kids with the resources necessary to achieve a healthy start to the 2017-2018 school year. #WeArePPS is open to all current Pittsburgh Public School students and it takes place at Pittsburgh Langley (2940 Sheraden Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15204) on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.

The events in the swim pool are going to happen from 1 to 3 pm. Advance sign-up on a web form is coming.

The event happens on a Monday as barbers are freely available to administer haircuts. This event includes a parent resource fair with information in alignment with districts beliefs. PPS aims to serve students and schools and create effective family and community partnerships in every school.

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Other organizations, companies, and/or PPS departments can be a part of this event by hosting a table in our Parent Resource Fair. Or, you can offer to help us out at the swim pool by leaving a note below in the comment section of this posting. Follow up is expected. In addition to hosting a table, PPS is accepting donations (refreshments, books, school supplies, etc.) to distribute to families. If you’d like to host a table at the resource fair, please respond to Merecedes Howze, mhowze1 – at – pghboe.net by email by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Good News! PPS has already received 98 stuffed book bags from Pittsburgh Moms Blog! There are dire needs for book bags and school supplies.

Game demonstration and competitions with students from Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo as well as The Pittsburgh Project are being scheduled.

PPS Langley is one of the five schools designated for the new project, “PPS Community Schools.” Read more insights in efforts to include aquatics as a feature of this venture.

To Pittsburgh Public Schools Administrators concerning the new Community Schools

Version 2. If you want the edition of the slide deck in iOS’s Keynote, just ask.

Tip: Click the zoom box so that the slides fill your entire screen. Comments, questions and discussions welcome, in person or leave a note below.


More discussion about the role of aquatics as part of PPS Community Schools can occur at 4:40 pm on Monday, August 21, as part of the #WeArePPS event at Langley. We’ll be in the resource area. See more insights at the other posting.

Expand the pool of eligible coaches for Pittsburgh Public Schools by including city workers

Article link in the Post-Gazette newspaper.

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The example of Mayor Bill Peduto coaching the Carrick High School ice hockey team was fun, especially as the Penguins are playing home games for the Stanley Cup. But, the example fails on a few other levels. Many example exist. A better example: Cory O’Connor, an elected member of Pittsburgh City Council and a city employee, is the varsity golf coach at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (not a public school). Under the existing conditions, he could not be hired to be the coach at Pittsburgh Allderdice, a public school.

Additional background statement created at the Saturday Swim School.

Agenda of Standing Committee Meeting, June 7, 2017

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Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter, Article VII - Personnel, Section 707 - Multiple Employment Prohibited, by adding a new subsction f which will allow City employees being able to be scholastic sports coaches in part-time positions with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The above text was put on hold for review of the City’s Law Department. Further text is not yet available. Expected action would be a change by substitution to make the amendment f as a ballot question at the next city-wide election.

Clarity

Within Pittsburgh Public Schools, there is no shortage of athletic coaches.

Northside grant for $1k is due soon

I’m going to apply for a grant for funding from The Sprout Fund for $1,000.

I applied for this in the past and did not get it, sadly. I think the reasoning, in part, was that I’m from the South Side. True. But I coached the Manchester Academic Charter School students and that is at the Northside’s Sarah Heinz House. I coach the kids at The Pittsburgh Project in the summer and that is on Charles Street. And, we operate the Saturday Swim School at the Northside’s Oliver High School pool.

This year we will also be coaching the Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers with Swim & Water Polo at Allegheny school on the Northside. it is right across the street from the National Aviary.

http://www.sproutfund.org/one-northside-program/

Come Live Over Here

Thanks Quora for this discussion: Answers to where should a married couple in early 30s move to in Pittsburgh?


Consider the South Side

In our 30s, my wife and I moved to Pittsburgh from Chicago. I am a boomerang and we met while she was getting her Ph.D. at Northwestern.

Our choice of neighborhood, something we still don’t regret, was the historic South Side.

I’ve never owned a lawn mower.

We raised our kids here too. This year both are in college and doing well.

You might want to rent in the city for a year. Look and look some more. You can find wonderful, weird, urban spaces with great potential and tons of charm. We’ve re-made our house a number of times, changing rooms, expanding, improving value and staying put.

Bonus insights from the Facebook group, South Side Secrets

Funny, true, 2nd-hand story about South Side pride N’at, in the wake of the “discussion” on the other thread about 15203:

Our home’s former owner who we never met was a small business man, Mr. Gursky. He lived here and ran his shoe repair shop here for decades. He and his wife raised two children on this spot on 12th Street. One kid became a doctor. He fixed the shoes and boots of countless of people throughout his long life. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, nor any of the family.

After we moving in, for years, people would knock on our door and try to give us their shoes. Nope. This isn’t a shoe repair shop these days. Often, the stories would start to flow.

One guy recounted how he once brought a pair of shoes into the shop and to his former neighbor, Mr. Gursky. This customer had lived in the South Side for years. They chatted. The guy allowed how he moved to Brentwood, (perhaps Baldwin?) as Mr. Gursky, the shop owner, hadn’t seen him around the South Side in recent months.

As the conversation winds down, the tattered shoes come out of a bag and onto the counter / work bench for repair. Mr. Gursky picks them up, walks outside onto the sidewalk, tosses them down in disgust and says, “You move away. You’re too good for us now. You take your shoes to Brentwood! Let them fix em.”

Mr. Gursky, living what some have called ‘the immigrant’s dream’ with home / business under the same roof, was not having anything to do with those shoes from the ex-South Sider who moved to Brentwood. Hard. Crusty. Iron willed.