Jersey Shore approves mat hoist, discusses ball fields

JERSEY SHORE – After previously discussing a proposal by the Wrestling Team Booster Club to split the cost of a mat hoist in the Jersey Shore Elementary School’s gymnasium, the Jersey Shore Area School Board ultimately decided Tuesday that the district would fully fund the purchase.

Board member Harry Brungard said it was a “no brainer” to purchase the hoist since it would allow for a safer environment for the student athletes.

Adrienne Craig, business manager, recommended the school district purchase the hoist in full and estimated the purchase to between $15,000 to $20,000.

The board voted 8-0 to approve the purchase. Shelley Helm, board president, was absent from the meeting.

In other business, the board also decided to take a wait-and-see approach when it came to potentially sub-dividing recreational fields on the properties of Avis Elementary, Salladasburg Elementary and the now-closed Nippenose Valley Elementary.

“I think we need to investigate it further,” said Denise Smith, board member.

The board had discussed potentially sub-dividing the properties in order to ensure that the fields can continue to be utilized by the community, such as Little League Baseball and Softball.

Richard Emery, superintendent, explained that – if given direction to, – the district could sub-divide the fields from the building properties and sell them to the municipalities. Emery said this process would cost about $2,000 to $4,000 to complete.

The board elected to address it on a “case-by-case basis” and review each situation individually.

The initial discussion left many board members with questions on how best to split the properties.

“My question is: Where are you going to draw that line?” Brungard said.

“I want it to go to the townships, the ball fields and such, but like board member Loren Koch said, ‘You have to draw that line somewhere,’ ” Brungard added later.