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Homecoming - September 21, 2018

Congratulations Homecoming Court!
Madison Albright
Marley Rearick
Eliza Moore
Breanna Behrendt
Abbie Ewing
Charity Pearce
Quinn Scalese
David Fyock
Cameron Yoder
Chad Wray
Dom Campbell
Bryce Knepp

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DUE September 5, 2018: Computer Use Form Handbook Signed Page (HS) EMERGENCY CARDS It’s Time to re-enroll for Remind text messages! If you would like to receive texts from Purchase Line School District for closings, delays, and important info please follow the instructions below to enroll. Even if you have done this in the past you MUST re-enroll to receive texts for the 18-19 School Year!! Text number: 81010 Message: @pldragons

PL Names New Superintendent Shawn Ford to Lead the District

The Purchase Line Board of School Directors has appointed Mr. Shawn Ford as the district’s new superintendent. Mr. Ford will begin leading the district in September. Mr. Ford has extensive educational leadership experience as a building level leader and an athletic director in the Crawford Central School District. He currently serves as an elementary principal at the Cochranton Elementary School in Crawford Central, a position he has held for the last six years. “We saw some excellent candidates, and the Board is excited to begin working with Mr. Ford as we develop a vision for the future of Purchase Line,” Board President Scott Gearhart said. “We believe Mr. Ford is an excellent fit for the entire school community of Purchase Line.” Mr. Ford received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, social studies from Slippery Rock University, and a master’s degree as well as his superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Edinboro University. “I have had many tremendous experiences in education, and I am deeply grateful to the people in Crawford Central who have entrusted me to service in various leadership capacities there,” Ford said. “I am excited to get started at Purchase Line. I have really enjoyed the entire process, and look forward to working closely with the administrators, teachers, staff, board members and the community as we create a compelling future for the students of the district.” The next step will be for the board and Mr. Ford to continue working on a comprehensive entry plan, superintendent evaluation process, and other strategic governance procedures to create the conditions for a successful future for Purchase Line.
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Home of the Red Dragons

Western PA, a densely forested, unsettled wilderness was untouched by the hand of the settler, at least until after 1768. In that year on November 5, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed. This treaty established boundary lines between lands belonging to the proprietors of PA, that being William Penn heirs and those lands occupied by the Indians of the Six Nations. The land in question was given to William Penn in the 1700's by King Charles II of England as payment for a debt to Penn's father. After the death of William Penn his son, John Penn, then Lieutenant Governor of PA, decided to have his share of the inheritance surveyed. In pursuit of the matter, John Penn communicated by letter in the fall of 1769 through Sir William Johnson, a British Indian Agent, with the Cayuga Indians, a Northeast tribe dwelling in the land to be surveyed. Due to disputes over surveying procedures, it wasn't until the fall of 1773 that the issues were settled and two representatives for the Penn estate traveled in a birch bark canoe up the West Branch of the Susquehanna River to meet with the Indians at a place known as "Canoe Place," where negotiations were begun for surveying the purchase. Following streams, ridges, and the land-marks familiar to the Indians, the party paced out a boundary, later known as the "Purchase Line," stretching from Cherry Tree to Kittanning and the Allegheny River. During the walking purchase, the party came to a location approximately seven miles from "Canoe Place" where the little settlement of Purchase Line began. Thus, the high school was erected by this village near Penn's boundary line, giving the school and newly formed district its name .

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