Local News 12-18-12

State College Area School District Addresses Safety Concerns

The State College Area School District is reevaluating its safety procedures in the wake of Friday’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. District Superintendent Bob O’Donnell sent a letter to parents Friday afternoon, reaffirming the district’s commitment to safety. Each school will add an increased police presence and school officials and police have discussed future plans. Additionally, O’Donnell said schools will offer resources to help students cope with the tragedy. He recommends students or parents with questions or concerns reach out to counselors, teachers or principals in the district’s schools. 

Toys for Tots Campaign Winds Down

Gift wrapping for the annual Toys for Tots drive is winding down, with hundreds of volunteers flocking to The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel over the last few days. According to the Centre Daily Times, boxes filled with toys for children and food for families filled multiple rooms in the conference center Monday. Donations continued yesterday as well, a day after the previously set deadline. Meanwhile, the program’s Hills Plaza site will be permitting registration until Christmas Eve. 

State College Borough Reconsiders COG

The State College Borough Council intends to withdraw from the Centre Region Code Administration Agency. The council voted 5-2 in favor of the withdrawal at last night’s regularly scheduled meeting. Council identified ongoing confusion among residents who seek both entities to handle questions and issues as the main reason for the potential withdrawal. According to the Centre Daily Times, COG bylaws require a municipality to give one year’s notice to leave the program, but borough council can continue to weigh options early next year.