Susquehanna grants tenure to two teachers


Susquehanna Community school board granted tenure to Karen Downton, elementary faculty, and Carly Batzel, high school science teacher, at its Sept. 18, meeting.

According to Superintendent Bronson Stone, Downton and Batzel are excellent teachers and have more experience than this action would indicate as both taught at other schools prior to coming to Susquehanna.

Stone also advised the board of several grants received by the district.

The grants will be used to purchase computers for use by high school students for their new math program; technology for Project Lead the Way; lights and microphones for the high school auditorium.

Stone, also spoke of the co-operation between the district and Lanesboro regarding security at the school campus.

The police officer has a great personality and has been an asset, Stone said.

The board was also told by Stone the district will be officially ranked next week.

The board opposed refunding $200 of school tax money and $304.07 in Homestead Exemption due to a clerical error by the Susquehanna County Assessment Office.

The Dual Enrollment Agreement between Lackawanna College and SCSD was approved at this meeting.

A revised policy pertaining to child/student abuse also was brought up for a vote and was accepted by the board.

A service agreement for heating/ventilating/ air condition controls with L.J. Bogumil, Inc. was approved on the recommendation by Stone.

Permission was granted to the guidance department to schedule a Girls Self-Esteem program for sixth graders on Nov. 15.

Six eighth grade students and two teachers were granted permission to participate in Lackawanna College’s “Building Connections to our Environment” workshops to be held one day in September, October, April and May.

The football booster club received board permission to offer free tickets to any Junior Saber or Blue Ridge Triplets players who come to a game wearing their jersey. The booster club will reimburse the district for the free admissions.

The board gave approval to the music and drama departments for the following performance dates: Fall Play: Nov. 22-23; Elementary Holiday Concert: Dec. 11; High School Holiday Concert: Dec. 18; Spring Musical: Feb. 28-March 1; High School Spring Concert: May 14; Elementary Spring Concert: May 15.