Local officials honor Mountain View soccer team
BY TOM FONTANA
The state champion Mountain View Jr. Sr. High School soccer team was among groups and individuals honored with the school board’s monthly Pride in Mountain View award at the board meeting Monday night, March 25.
Players, coaches and the school district were also presented with congratulatory citations from Pa. State Rep. Sandra Major, Pa. State Senator Lisa Baker, and Susquehanna County Commissioner Alan Hall.
“I’m a graduate of Mt. View,” Major stated, “so I have always followed the activities of Mt. View students. These students, school district, parents, and the community should certainly be very proud of all of their achievements.”
The three elected officials presented the framed citations to district officials and the soccer coaches, and shook the hands of each team member as district superintendent Francine Shea and board president Elwood Williams gave a Pride in Mountain View certificate to each member.
The cast and crew of the Drama Club’s recent production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the boys and girls basketball teams were also given Pride in Mountain View recognition.
Board president Williams, who was elected to fill the seat when Dr. Todd Adams resigned on March 11, preceded the regular agenda with rules of conduct for the public during meetings.
“Things have gotten a little out of hand,” he stated, “so to maintain better order, anyone who would like to speak should first address the presiding officer, which means me.”
Williams stressed that the public will not be allowed to address any board member without first directing questions to him, and then he would recognize the director questioned for a response.
When a visitor then asked Williams if she could question a board member, Williams replied, “Ask me, and they’ll hear you.”
Williams also requested that the directors indicate to him their desire to speak before addressing the public.
“Wait to be recognized,” he explained. “This is not to limit or stifle conversation, but to keep better order.”
When the board tabled approval of the March 11 meeting minutes, Jay Westcott, Lenox Twp., questioned whether the board had voted to accept Dr. Adam’s resignation at that meeting.
Director Dava Rhinehart-Cowan pointed out that the tentative minutes showed it was accepted.
Westcott then asked Williams if the board had voted to advertise to fill Adam’s seat, which he said was not reflected in the minutes.
Williams confirmed that the position has been advertised, but he could not recall a vote. Because approval of the minutes had been tabled, the issue would be discussed in executive session.
Nothing more was said in the public meeting.
Another agenda item that was tabled when visitors questioned an item for approval to move funds left in the Class of 2012 activity fund of $3,918.14 to the Life Skills activity account.
Jane Mack, Brooklyn Twp., told the board that that action had already been approved without an amount listed at its Feb. 4 meeting, which was then confirmed by board secretary Diane Makosky.
Several other parents then spoke on behalf of the Class of 2012, stating that the board had voted to cut the 2012 class trip short by one day when there were funds available to continue the trip.
“That’s a ridiculous amount of money to have left over and not be used by the Class of 2012,” Mack said. “The class should have the benefit of deciding what to do with that money, since they raised it.”
The board decided to table the agenda item, and scheduled it for discussion in executive session.
Maintenance director Robert Taylor informed the board that he has enlisted two additional security companies – NRT Controls and Johnson Controls — to review the district’s security system and offer quotes for an upgrade.
Elizabeth Thomas, Brooklyn Twp., a member of the Elementary Wrestling Booster Club, asked if the school district would consider reviving the high school wrestling program.
Board members expressed their approval of a wrestling program, and elementary school principal Andrew Doster said the first steps would be to present PIAA with proof of interest by submitting an estimate of how many students would participate, and for the school to purchase new mats.
“The mats the district has are old,” he said, “and would never pass PIAA standards. But I think a wrestling program is something our students would definitely benefit from.”