SCSD reorganizes with same leadership
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Steven Stanford was once again elected president of the Susquehanna Community School District Board and Clay Weaver will remain as Vice-president, following their re-election at the reorganizational meeting held prior to the regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Jason Chamberlain acted as president pro-tempore for the election of Stanford and Weaver. Secretary Evelyn Cottrell administered the oath of office for the elected officers.
When the regular meeting was convened, the board set the dates, time and place for 2012/13 meetings. The regular monthly meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the administration office. There will be no meeting in July or November with early meetings in August and December.
The information and deliberation sessions will be held the day prior to the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the administration office.
During the reports from district personnel, Superintendent Bronson Stone said the district Strategic Plan had been submitted with no changes in the goals: consistent implementation of effective instructional practices; to fully insure academically at risk students be identified and supported. Stone told the board by the year 2017 all seniors must pass the Keystone exams in order to graduate.
Athletic Director Roxann Lloyd was complimented on her abilities in that role. It was pointed out she has successfully scheduled the use of both gyms with no problems as well as handling her other duties.
High School Principal Mark Gerchman said the first round of Keystone exams were completed, Algebra I, a paper and pencil exam, with the Biology exam taken online. Gerchman informed the board students Danny Staros and Brendon Lamb were selected as WVIA “Artist of the Week” and students Derek Case, Coleman Hansen and Clayton Hansen had placed in District 9 Chorus and have a chance to take part in Regional Chorus.
Elementary Principal Robert Keyes announced the elementary students collected 541 food items for Feed-A-Friend and also took part in a Feed-A-Friend program. He reported 82 percent of families participated in Parent Teacher conference in November.
When Business Manager Gary Kiernan reported on the smooth running of the school’s transportation, Stone commented on the district’s working relationship with the company running the gas pipeline through the district. The district is kept informed on where they will be working in order for the district to select safe bus routes to insure safety of the students and get them back and forth in a timely manner.
Special Education Supervisor Joni Miller reported on her department activities and the training she had received in specific areas of her department. Miller praised Mrs. Whitmore for all she does to keep programs running smoothly.
Maintenance Supervisor Don Norris said his work force is presently working on updating the building timers. Union Representative Jacob Johnson was introduced and reported on the fund raising for the yearly scholarships from the teachers union.
The board approved the Taxpayer Relief Act that covers the rate of any tax increase. SCSD’s index is set at 2.5 percent and the board will not raise the tax rate more than it’s index.
A final approval was given to the school’s policy on computer and internet acceptable use. Stone said the faculty and staff will be able to monitor the use of the districts Internet and prevent inappropriate or illegal activity.
Designation of fund balances for fiscal year 2012-13 in the amount of $6,332,226.00 were approved as follows: $4,832,226.00 to be used for future employee retirement payments; future employee medical, dental, vision benefits; future employee early retirement incentives and future debt service payments. $500,000 to be used for capital improvements and unassigned fund balances. $1,000,000 will be available for use as the board deems necessary.
The Lackawanna College Duel Enrollment agreement with SCSD for the 2012-2013 school year was approved. A donation of $100 to the Susquehanna Fire Department met with approval.
Jacob Johnson was hired as varsity baseball coach with Danielle Keenan and Megan Schmitt as Junior High softball coaches. Substitutes approved were: Geraldine Tidd, Danielle Cady, Earl Cottrell, Jr., Brent Keyes and Carl Batzel as teacher substitutes; Stephanie Ficarro as substitute aide; Barbara Bedford as bus driver substitute. Volunteers approved for the sports program were: Raymond Testa, varsity boys basketball; John Dininny, elementary boy’s basketball; Paul Rooney and Aaron Calendar after school weight lifting program. Kyle cook was approved to supervise after school weight lifting in the high school.