O’Neill scholarship recipients attend SCSD board meeting

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

Susquehanna Community High School Principal Mark Gerchman introduced the two seniors who have been selected to receive the Claire Williams O’Neil Scholarship at the school board meeting on April 17.

The O’Neil Foundation awards the $80,000 scholarship to graduating seniors. This year Raymond Polak, and Melissa Kukowski will each receive $10,000 per year for four years as they continue their education: Polak at either Penn State or Lehigh University for engineering and Kukowski at the University of Pittsburgh for science/medical field. Both students reside in Harmony Township.

Superintendent Bronson Stone thanked the O’Neil family for its investment in education that Stone describes as, “second to none.”

Gerchman also announced Dominique Cina, a SCHS student attending Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, took first place in cosmetology/esthetics at the Skill USA State Competition in Hershey earlier this month.

Board members approved a one-year memorandum of understanding between the district and non-instructional employees.

Superintendent Bronson Stone said the employees essentially gave up a paid lunch for 90 cents more per hour in wages.

The board also approved a one-year service agreement between the district and the Borough of Lanesboro for campus safety and security.

Craige’s Photique was approved as the school photography provider for 2013-2014.

Kathryn Matis was approved for a one year/two day a week position as technology consultant/coach.
Stone explained the process for the district’s e-signature required by the Department of Education before the board approved him as the authorized officer.

The board granted permission for Stone to sign a 24-month extension to the electricity contract with Hess Corporation if the price per kilowatt hour is equal to or less than the current contracted price.
Stone assured the board he would wait until the last day to sign the contract assuring the lowest price.
Intent to retire was received from Carolyn Homer, elementary teacher and also Stuart Cook, maintenance. Stone said Homer was an exceptional teacher when he attended school and remains an exceptional teacher to this day.

Stone also described Cook as an employee who came to work every day with a smile on his face, and would be sorely missed.

Unpaid leave of absences were granted to Bridgette McKennas, first marking period of 2013-2014 school year; Stuart Cook through April 30; Tiffanie Wolf for eight weeks starting Sept. 23, 2013; Karen Downton for December 16-20, 2013.

Resignations were accepted from Diane Dunn, track manager; Sarah Holmes from her volleyball coaching positions. Added to substitute list were Lucky Wolfe, Daisy Nabinger, and John Earley as bus drivers.
Spring sport positions were filled along with a two-year junior high football coaching spot by Craig Hubal. Bridget O’Neill was named National Honor Society adviser for two years and Kathryn Matis as yearbook adviser for two years.

The SCSD drama department will be performing ‘Grease’ for the spring production, May 3-4 in the Helen Gulley Auditorium, at 7 p.m.

Susquehanna Community Education Association will hold a Pampered Chef Bingo on May 5, in the elementary gym. Proceeds will benefit the association’s scholarship fund.

Class Night is scheduled for May 31, 6:30 p.m. and graduation on June 8, at 11 a.m.