Mt. View plugs After-School programs

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Mountain View juniors, from left, Dominique Chadwick, Sarah Bowman and Mercedes Kromko, play Guitar Hero on Thursday during the 2010 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils state conference at the University of Scranton. Mountain View senior Jillian Roeske is state student council president. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/LINDA MORGAN

Mountain View School Board affirmed its after school programs for another year Monday night.

By a unanimous vote, the board approved separate programs for grades 5 and 6 in the elementary school, and for grades 7 through 12 in the high school.

Laurie Rood, Cheryl Kerr, Katie Holzman, Ronald Gardoski, Scott Fisher, Karen Krizauskas, Mary Ann Tranovich and Shirley Granger also were approved as teachers in the elementary school program which has been a part of the school district’s offerings since 2004.

For the high school after school program, which has been ongoing since 2007, Patricia Dietrich and Diane Supancik  were approved as teachers.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Michael Bailey from his boys’ junior high school basketball coach position for 2010-2011 and then authorized advertising the open position to which applications would be due by Nov. 1.

The board also approved the advertising of a part-time paraprofessional position as well as cafteria worker.

Superintendent Andrew Chichura addressed some concerns about the escalating costs of cyber charter schools, and shared with the board an audit by Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner which showed an outlay of just under $1 billion across the Commonwealth, with an average per pupil expense of $13,988.

The board adopted school policies dealing with alternative instruction, physical examination, fund balance and extracurricular participation by home education students.

It also had a second reading to a policy dealing with attendance.

Added to the school’s substitute list by a 7-0 vote with school board president James Zick abstaining were Ryan Hiller of Wilkes-Barre, Christian Zeme of Nicholson and Lori Zick of Hallstead.

David Breese was also approved as a long-term substitute at a salary of $160 a day, retroactive to Oct. 5.

Appointed to supplemental salary positions were Michael Talabiska, Science Olympiad adviser; and Loren Weilage, mentor to new teacher Mollie Virbitsky.

Approved for conference attendance were Erin Rupp, to a Pa. Science Teachers Assn. conference in Hershey; James Soya to a ONE Conference and Expo in Hershey; Jamie White, Donna Porter, Kate Kurosky, Diana Slick and Carole Rainey to Endless Mountains Counselor Assn. meetings in New Milford; Corrine McNabb for a ‘What’s New in Children’s Books’ program in Archbald; Donna Porter for a Financial Aid workshop at Marywood in Scranton; Lisa Kozloski and Robert Presley for a Section 504 and More program in Harrisburg; and Nona Williams for a children with autism program in Archbald.

The board also voted to adopt the Susquehanna County Tax Collection Committee resolution not to accelerate collection of earned income tax.

The next meeting of the Mountain View School Board is Monday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.

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