Blue Ridge sound system equipment get upgrade

BY STACI WILSON

The sound system in the Blue Ridge auditorium is getting a much needed upgrade to its 15-year-old equipment.

The school board approved at its Monday, Feb. 4 meeting, a nearly $10,000 contract with RMS Audio/Video Solutions of Williamsport.

The company will install new main loudspeakers, new amplifiers and will re-wire the equipment rack to remove problem areas and improve the system’s reliability.

RMS will also provide power sequencing for the control booth sound equipment, as well as, tune and balance the sound system and provide training classes.

Blue Ridge Business Manager Loren Small said the system should be in operation within six to eight weeks, prior to the high school’s musical presentation of “The Sound of Music,” planned for this spring.

Hallstead Borough Tax Collector Peggy Woosman had sent an appeal of a $20 late filing fee for the month of October 2012.

In the letter, Woosman explained that the deadline to submit the October monthly report fell on a Saturday (Nov. 10); and that normally a Monday postmark would be accepted as timely. November 12, 2012, however, was the date Veterans Day observed and therefore the report was not postmarked until Nov. 13.

In the letter, she said that because of the holiday the district should not levy the late filing fee.

The request to remove the late filing fee was not entertained by the board and the request for the appeal failed for lack of a motion by the school board.

The school board approved a request from the Blue Ridge Boys Baseball Booster Club to conduct a three-day trip for the boys’ varsity team to Hedgesville, W.V., March 15-17. This will be the seventh year the team has taken this trip to scrimmage with other teams.

The board accepted, with regret, the resignation of Joan Kerr as a food service employee effective Jan. 8; and approved the hiring of Karen DeMartino as a food service employee, retroactive to Jan. 22.

An extended sabbatical leave for Susan Cawley, guidance counselor, was also approved.

The board also accepted, with regret, a letter of intent to retire from Diane Wilmarth, paraeducator, effective at the end of the school year.