Montoursville closes school wellness center

A vote to close the Montoursville Area School District wellness center highlighted action at Tuesday night’s regular monthly school board meeting.

Located in the high school, the facility has served as a place for members of the community to exercise.

However, the decision to close it came down to funding, explained Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers.

“It’s cost prohibitive because of the number of people who use the center,” he said.

Bowers said the district needed money to pay for a strength and conditioning coach, which was subsequently approved by the board at a salary range between $3,500 and $4,500.

The vote was 6-1 to close the wellness center.

Voting in favor were Jill Kaplan, James Bergen, Ellen Stoner, Scott Konkle, George Hagemeyer and Dale Ulmer.

Voting against was Dora Pioli.

Jeff Schans and Tom McNamara were absent.

Pioli said the board needed to throw support behind something that would be healthy for the district’s citizens.

“We are losing our relationship with the community,” she said.

In personnel matters, the board hired Jenilee Kukuchka as elementary music teacher at an annual salary of $49,090.

Kukuchka, who has worked in the Lake Lehman School District, replaces Carol Schwanger.

Bowers said the district will see a reduction in federal funds from last year of $31,029 for Title I and Title II-A programs. This year’s allocations are $217,763 for Title I and $69,262, respectively.

School directors approved a change order with Weatherproofing Technologies for wall repair work at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School in the amount of $17,040.

The board also voted to spend $17,358 from the budgetary reserve fund for boiler repair work at Loyalsock Valley and Lyter Elementary schools.