Muncy School District buys bulldozer

MUNCY — The Muncy School District has its own bulldozer after the board approved the purchase Monday.

The district has been borrowing the John Deere 310D backhoe from Muncy Borough for years, said David Edkin, business manager.

“The borough decided they have absolutely no use for it,” he said.

The bulldozer was reviewed by a professional mechanic and was appraised in very good condition.

The vehicle, which will cost the district $3,500, will be used for digging and plowing snow, Edkin said.

The board also approved staff payments for digital communication, hybrid learning and instructional technology using federal funding from Title IV. This is the first year the district has had that type of funding available.

As the district made the shift to an online student portal, allowing students and parents to access important and personal information from a computer, parents began asking for help learning how to navigate it, said Dr. Kimberly Hamilton, assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

“We’ve decided to hold help sessions with accessing the portal,” she said.

The funds also will be used to help two groups of teachers at both district schools who have reached out to other staff to hold a series of workshops to learn how to use techniques used in classrooms. The funding is expected to be between $8,000 to $10,000.

In other business, the board also unanimously approved:

• A three-year renewal message system with Security Voice and One Call Now at $1,825 per year;

• Paying New Story for special education services at $355 per day;

• An agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology for a dual enrollment program at a fee of $200 plus courses;

• An agreement with Cori Gresh-Horikosi, NIC for interpreter services at $45 per hour;

• A contribution of $3,000 to the Muncy Public Library.

Voting on all matters were Mary Bennardi, Ty Fry, Scott McLean, Rhondel Moyle, Justin Reis, Lisa Sleboda and Robert Titman. Sarah Woodward and Connie Coyner were absent.

The board recognized the meeting as Bennardi’s last after about eight years on the board. “It’s truly been a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you,” she said.

The board will meet next at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 where the new and returning board members will be sworn in.