SCSB approves $13.4 million budget

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

The Susquehanna Community School Board last Wednesday (June 20), approved a final district budget of $13,472,517 for 2012-13.

The board set the district millage at 44.67 in SusquehannaCountyand 12.95 in WayneCounty. This is a slight increase for Susquehanna County and a decrease for Wayne County.

At this meeting, the board also addressed a bullying/cyber bullying policy with Superintendent Bronson Stone pleading that parents needed to monitor what their children are doing on the internet.

The consequences for violating the district’s bullying policy can lead to expulsion or referral to law enforcement officials.

The board also passed a concussion management policy for student athletes.

During a report by district personnel, Stone said he is hopeful a new state budget will be passed by July 1.

Stone also spoke of $54,000 in energy savings by new lighting and boiler controls installed last year. “This would not have been possible without the diligence of Maintenance Supervisor Don Norris,” Stone said.

Norris said an air conditioner has been replaced in the elementary school and a boiler in high school.

Principal Robert Keyes said this past year was a very good one and that summer school was starting on Thursday, June 21.

Business Manager Gary Kiernan noted that when some children move within the district they often fail to notify the school.

“We find them when the parents call and ask where the  bus is,” he said.

The board accepted the resignation of: elementary school teacher Maryann Deakin, assistant football coach Mark Wilchock, junior high baseball coach Brent Soden, junior high softball coach Dennise Yankauskas; high school aide Teri MacDonald, summer school aide Katie O’Neill, para-professional aide Joshua Carpenter, junior and senior class adviser Pamela Weiss, and food service worker Elizabeth Sabatelli.

Joe Kempa was transferred to varsity football coach from his junior high coaching position; and Carol Ho was transferred to high school job coach from elementary aide.
The board hired the following positions: Thomas Adornato, summer behind-the-wheel teacher; Jacob Johnson and Lisa Carpenter as SAT prep positions, paid for by the Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation; John Adams as extended school year speech teacher; Jennifer Bennett and Patricia Cottrell as summer school aides; Jodi Stanford as summer school substitute;  Ruby Bishop as substitute maintenance; and Daielle Keenan as a high school aide.

Volunteers approved by the board included Joanna Soden for cross country, and Ralph Pomeroy and Kyle Cook for the football program.

A 10 cent rise in school lunches for students and adults was approved by the board.

A minor revision in the district’s dress code was approved which would allow polo shirts to be worn without being tucked in, and windbreaker-type clothing is only allowed by physical education teachers.