SCSD rounds out faculty, staff for new year


The Susquehanna Community school board approved hiring faculty and staff at their August 7 meeting.

A permanent part-time high school aide position will be filled by Autumn Groover with a learning support substitute (48-day position) filled by Nicole Furch. Rebecca Hinkley was hired for a 48-day special education position.

William Szili, Raymond Testa, Stephen Nayduch, Robin Glidden, Carol Bushong, Robin Carmody, Thomas Kubus will be assisting with the school sports as ticket takers, working the clock and assisting coaches.
Volunteers approved were: Leanne Woodruff, cross country and David Bell for junior varsity boys basketball. Chris Norris was hired as a substitute for maintenance/security. Two new support personnel positions will be created at a rate of $2,500 per position.

Superintendent Bronson Stone reported there will be a police officer on the school campus every day school is in session. The board approved a memorandum of understanding between the Pennsylvania State Police and Lanesboro Police Department and the district and also an agreement with the county’s probation department.

Elementary School Principal Robert Keyes spoke to the board regarding the annual Orientation Night for both Kindergarten 4 and 5 students and their families planned for Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Various agencies will be set up in the elementary gym to give out information on services available for students and families. Keyes also reported Summer School ended on July 11 with an average attendance of 33 students.

Business Manager Gary Kiernan said there are presently 54 students enrolled in the K-4 program but that number could increase by the start of school. He also reported there will be two more vo-tech students than originally budgeted.

Richard Norris was given board approval for a deputy tax collector position for Oakland Township.

The maintenance supervisor reported his department was ready for school to open. Sports fields are ready with the exception of lines on football field which will be completed in time for the first game. A zero turn John Deere riding lawn mower will be purchased at a cost of $13,986. The district will also be purchasing a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan to transport students at a cost of $21,869.

Luzerne County Community College was granted permission to use high school facilities for Fall 2013 classes.

A Student Assistance Program agreement between TreHab and the district was also approved.