School board approves sump pit construction

Silvertip Inc., of Lewisburg, will build a sump pit in the basement of the Williamsport Area School District Service Center, the board decided Tuesday night. The company will receive $34,500 for the job.

Business Manager Jeffrey Richards told the board the pit is necessary to remove excess water and dampness in the building.

The construction company will use a jackhammer to remove the concrete and, due to the noise, will work after the district’s business day is concluded, beginning at 4:30 p.m., he said.

The construction work also will be done around the board’s meeting schedule, Richards said.

The job will be funded through the district’s capital reserve fund.

All board members were present and voted in favor of construction of the pit.

The board also agreed to award an honorary diploma to a former Williamsport resident.

Robert Cummings Richards was a student in the city school district when he left high school to enlist in the Army to serve in World War II. The precise date Richards left the district cannot be determined from the district’s records, but it took place prior to the date that qualifies for a diploma through Operation Recognition.

Richards will be the second veteran to receive a diploma this year. The board previously recognized Arthur Thompson for his service with a special ceremony and awarded him his diploma. Thompson was a Navy veteran during the Vietnam Conflict.

Several retirees from the district were recognized for their dedicated service with a dinner and ceremony prior to the board meeting. Board President Lori Baer also took a moment during the meeting to recognize and thank the retirees for their service.

Three individuals were hired as substitute teachers, subject to assignment by the superintendent. Katrina Day, of Sunbury; Matthew Nolan, of Williamsport; and Lydia Ertel, of Williamsport, were approved at $90 per day for the first 45 days and then $110 per day for days beyond 45, with a maximum of 180 days per year.

Two courses were approved for school district students to take for college credit. Costs for the courses are the responsibility of the student’s family. The courses are sociology and history of Israel through Ramah Israel Seminar and elementary statistics with computer applications through Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Madeline Bird was approved as treasurer of the district for a term of one year, effective July 1. Voting in favor were Baer, Spencer Sweeting, Nicholas Grimes, Jane Penman, Jerene Milliken, Robin Knauth, Karen Confer, David Stone and Diane Turner.

Other business approved:

205 sixth grade students from Curtin Intermediate School and their teachers/aides to travel to Ravensburg State Park during June to learn more about geology and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All costs will be paid by Curtin PTO.

130 seventh grade students to travel to Logue Field on dates during May and June to participate in end of the year ceremonies. There will be no cost to the district.

Zane Wagner to use the auditorium, lights and sound system at the middle school from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 11, for a performance to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Wagner requested relief of the occupancy fee, estimated at $125.00.