Elk Lake retains project house gas rights

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Elk Lake and Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center School Board voted Thursday to retain the mineral rights for the home built by the SCCTC’s carpentry and plumbing students. The home will be offered for sale later this month.

Superintendent William Bush said, “I recommend that we not offer the gas rights with the sale on the house.” The recommendation was unanimously approved by role call vote.

Board members Eric Emmerich and Arden Tewksbury had advocated holding onto the mineral rights for the house site at the September 5 meeting, saying that selling the home constructed by SCCTC students including the mineral rights would cause the district to lose part of its royalty income.

During the SCCTC board meeting, board member Matt Curley asked, “Will this motion have any effect if it is voted on here, before the Elk Lake meeting? I believe the real value goes with the Elk Lake School.”

Board president Anne Teel said that Curley had a point there, and said that after the SCCTC meeting was adjourned, the Elk Lake meeting could be held, and the motion could be made and approved for the district as well.

“What you decide tonight is what will go into the specs for the house, which will be advertised,” SCCTC administrative director Alice Davis said.

An Open House of the SCCTC student built house project will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the project site located on Hunsinger Road in Dimock, off Route 3023 (Dimock to Elk Lake Road). The house is about one mile from the entrance of Hunsinger Road on the right. The house is a two-story, 2,100 square feet home with three bedrooms, plus a den/office and two and a half baths, a full basement and a two car garage on 2.1 acres.

All of the construction was completed by the SCCTC carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical, heating and plumbing students.

Also on the board agenda was a competitive equipment grant awarded to the SCCTC which will be used for the welding program. The equipment will now be put out for bids, and action will be taken at the November meeting.
A supplemental equipment grant was received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which notified the SCCTC that the school qualified for a grant of $23,565.09.

Bush said the grant will be used to purchase a utility box vehicle for the carpentry/building program.

A year ago, the program requested to purchase a box truck to transport tools to the house construction site, and the board approved the purchase of a used utility box truck.

Bush said that at this time, Northern Tier is interested in purchasing that used box truck for its diesel program for $5,000, and that money combined with the supplemental equipment grant should be sufficient to purchase a new utility vehicle.

Instructor Gary Fenton said that they are looking to purchase a gas 14-foot box truck with a back up alarm and a ramp.

The same electronic device policy and dress code policy changes that were approved at the September Elk Lake board meeting were approved for the SCCTC students, which will allow students to use cell phones at certain times and to have piercing studs in the upper corner of their noses as well as in ears. No protruding nose ornaments or rings will be allowed.
A substitute list for drivers, faculty and staff was approved. Marie Smith was added to the Leadership Team.

A full time associate position to assist with students with IEP needs was approved and will be posted. This position is being added due to the number of SCCTC students with individual education programs. The interviews will be conducted in October and the hiring approved retroactively at the November meeting, Bush said.

The calendar of board meetings for 2014 was submitted with a number of date changes, which include January, April and August changes in meeting dates.
Transportation contracts were approved totaling $368,070.12 for car and van drivers.

In her director’s report, Davis noted the Nightingale event held Saturday, Oct. 5, in recognition of the first class of Licensed Practical Nurse students.

“Pink Out Days” will be held at the Elk Lake Schools by the cosmetology department on Oct. 14-18 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Hair gel, glitter, French or Dutch braiding, and manicures will be provided for $2 donations.

A Fall Festival and Open House will be held by the cosmetology students on Oct. 18 from 1-8 p.m., featuring pumpkin facials, manicures and pedicures, brown sugar scrubs and masks, fall treats and sweets. The pumpkin facials will cost $6; manicure with brown sugar scrub is $5; and pumpkin pedicure with brown sugar scrub is $6. This event is open to the public.

A “Finding the Cure starts with HOPE” event will be held on Oct. 26 by appointment only. The cosmetology students will offer haircuts, updos, manicures, pedicures, facials, and paraffin treatments at bargain prices. Call (570)278-9229 ext, 6717 for appointments.