Softball parents visits school board
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Todd M. Glover, the parent of a daughter playing a non-district-sanctioned sport, spoke to the Susquehanna Community School Board during public comment at the Sept.19th meeting.
Glover was disturbed because his daughter’s travel softball team was told they could not practice on a field next to where the varsity football team was practicing.
Athletic Director Roxanne Lloyd attended the meeting and said she had told the team and parents they could not use the field because she did not have a letter of approval in her file.
She and other school personnel also said it was dangerous for the girls to be on the field that close to the football practice.
The reply was, “we have insurance,” which was interpreted as an injury was not that important, disturbing the administration, Superintendent Bronson Stone, said.
Stone told the parents when the field was available to them, Saturdays and Sundays and a week day.
Jason Chamberlain was president pro-tempore for this meeting in the absence of President Steven Stanford and Vice-president Clay Weaver.
District personnel reports included Principal Mark Gerchman giving the board the schedule for Homecoming, Oct. 5-6. A parade will be held on Friday evening with a bon-fire to follow; game and half-time recognition on Saturday with dance in evening.
Principal Robert Keyes reported the elementary school open house was attended by 67 percent of families. He also spoke of an in-service with a leading trainer from the reading series used by the school. A “wealth of material” was available to both teachers and administration, he said.
Business manager Gary Kiernan added the open house was a success if the amount taken in by the Book Fair, $2,000, was an indication.
He reported the district made its required debt service payment of $373,237.50.
Kiernan also reported the transportation data will be submitted for reimbursement from the state in excess of $700,000.
Joni Miller, who has returned as special education supervisor, thanked the board for its confidence and support. She noted that everything was getting back to normal.
Maintenance supervisor Don Norris reported additional signs have been installed to prevent people from using adjoining properties for smoking purposes. He also said wires under the bleachers had been replaced. These wires were removed during an act of vandalism.
Lawrence Tompkins represented the union at this meeting. He gave the board a heads-up on the upcoming fund raisers the union plans. The funds for its scholarships will be raised by a golf tournament and also “Bowling with your Favorite Teacher.” The bowling was enjoyed by all, but mainly elementary students, he said.
He said the board could expect a different face at upcoming board meetings as different members would be representing the union at board meetings.
The board gave authority to the district solicitor to seek termination of the Fiaschi Testamentary Trust through the Orphans Court and approve the agreement between the district and the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.
Given approval, the funds will be transferred to the Community Foundation. The money left by the late Peter Fiaschi, a nurse, funds a nursing scholarship.
David Hansen, president of the Susquehanna Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, attended the meeting to invite the board to a presentation of the planned reconstruction of the Joseph Smith and Isaac Hale homes and other developments at the restoration site on State Route 171, Oakland Township. The special presentation is scheduled for October 13.