The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review


One-third of districts miss goal

Sept. 22. Results of the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessments were released Friday, showing that about a third of the Valley’s school districts failed to make adequate yearly progress.

Mifflinburg, Milton, Mount Carmel and Shikellamy all failed to make AYP in 2012.

Because the school districts overall made AYP in 2011, but not in 2012, the four districts are all on “warning” status, which means no corrective action will be taken.

Schools in the “warning” category“ should examine and, where necessary, modify their improvement strategies so they will meet targets next year,” according to the state Department of Education’s website.

30 lose jobs at bakery

Sept. 26. Sunbury. About 30 employees lost their jobs last week at the Bimbo Bakeries plant in Sunbury, according to a state spokesman.

The state Department of Labor and Industry held on Thursday a Rapid Response Community Resource meeting, which it conducts after it learns of a “dislocation event” such as layoffs or business closures, spokesman Christopher Manlove said.

“We can share information that affected employees will find useful during their transition from employment to unemployment,” he said.

About 14 people attended that meeting, Manlove said.

A spokesman for Bimbo Bakeries did not have further information about the layoffs Tuesday afternoon.

Mexico-based GrupoBimbo, the world’s largest breadmaker, bought the former ButterKrust bakery in 2011 as part of its $959 million acquisition of the bakery business of ButterKrust’s parent company, Sara Lee.

At the time of the sale, the Sunbury bakery had about 200 employees.

City to get first new dwelling in decade

Grant money will be used to construct $150G house

Sept. 26. Sunbury. Demolition crews were out in full force Tuesday as the city gets ready to break a 120-month lag in new-home construction.

Mayor David Persing commandeered a blighted property that sat on the corner of Washington Avenue and now is set on building the first new home in the city in 10 years.

Persing in June took a hard line on blighted properties in Sunbury, saying if properties weren’t cleaned up, he’d clean them up permanently.

After the announcement, the city released a list of 40 blighted or vacant houses targeted to be cleaned or razed; 24 owners scrambled to fix properties.

That list shrunk until more properties were recently added. Sunbury has acquired at least five houses and has demolished two.

The property at 202 Washington Ave., vacant since 2004, is in the process of being torn down, and that made Persing happy.

“This is something that has never been done,” Persing said of the city building a new home. “I am thrilled this is taking place, and we have been talking about it for months and it is now taking place.”

The home, whose construction will be funded entirely by a grant, will sit on the 50-foot- wide corner lot and is being sold for $150,000, Persing said.

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