SCSD board names Cook football coach
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
The Susquehanna Community school board last Wednesday named Kyle Cook as football coach for the next two seasons.
Most SCSD coaching positions, as well as other extracurricular appointments are for a 2-year period.
Cook, 31, is a graduate of the school and played Saber football under the legendary Dick Bagnall. He was an assistant under head coach John Salinkas last season.
His assistant football coaches will be Jody Stanley and Carl Zukus. Junior high football will be coached by Aaron Callender and Paul Rooney.
Other one-year coaching positions for this season went to Joe Collins, softball; Jeremy Page, junior varsity baseball; and Tom Adornato, junior high baseball.
Advisers named for 2-year positions are: Teresa Marino, drama, chorus and marching band; Carla Perry and Carmen Maby, junior class.
The board granted a leave of absence for Melissa Franks from April 22 to Nov. 15.
Added to the substitute list for this school year are: April Welch, van driver; Theresa Bedford and Amanda Butz, bus aides; and Megan Schmitt, teacher.
The board accepted the resignation of John Seigle, English teacher, effective Feb. 20.
Jessica Welch, a certified teacher, was transferred to a high school special education position from her high school instructional aide position to cover an approved teacher leave. This teaching position is for spring and fall of 2013.
The board granted Superintendent Bronson Stone permission to submit Constitution Pipeline Community Grant applications for three grants.
One of them is for high school auditorium lighting to replace the 1955 equipment that failed during the last major production of the drama department.
Stone explained the application process needed board approval as some of the grants require matching funds.
A Reynolds Drapery Service quote to replace the high school stage curtain rigging at a cost of $9,805.00 was approved. A problem with the rigging was another technical problem during the last major production at SCHS.
During administrator reports, Stone said the district would be receiving $10,000 less for Title I Programs but the district may receive a $61,000 increase in basic education funds after the state reduced the districts funding by more than $1 million over the past two years.
Stone also spoke to the board about district personnel going to Union Endicott High School, Endicott, N.Y., to learn about a Response to Instruction program that covers requirements to graduate.
According to Stone, UEHS seems to be getting the job done.
Principal Robert Keyes advised the board, the school is getting ready for kindergarten registration and will be anxious to see the numbers for the new year.
He also noted that some parts of the math curriculum need upgrading particularly for fourth, fifth and sixth grades.