Students tell Montoursville Area School Board about conflict resolution efforts

Montoursville Area School Board acted on a number of personnel items, including coaching hirings and other business during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting also included several presentations from teachers and students regarding education and extra-curricular activities.

The board added Sarah Bamford, Angelina Venturini and Zachary Welter to the substitute teacher list.

Bamford is certified in music, Venturini in Spanish and Welter in social studies.

The following personnel were hired at the following stipends to coaching postions: Mike Cillo, head seventh grade boys basketball, $2,600; Schane Confer, head swimming, $2,500; Stephanie Confer, swimming first assistant, $2,500; Craig Weaver, assistant varsity baseball, $2,400; Stephen Stopper, junior varsity baseball, $2,000; Will Neill, assistant baseball, $2,000; and Todd Ulmer, girls basketball first assistant, $3,200.

Jacqueline Engel was approved as musical director at a stipend of $1,000.

It was reported during the meeting that the suspension costs for the high school construction project amount to $506,292.

Several teachers gave a presentation to the board that summarized some of the revisions made to the English Language Arts curriculum.

District resident Dale Ulmer, a former school board member, said he felt it demonstrated that positive changes were being made.

Several elementary students trained in mediation demonstrated to the board how to alleviate a conflict on the school yard. Some 1,150 students in the district have undergone the training since the formation of the Peace Patrols in the district.

Near the end of the meeting, board members engaged in a discussion regarding the Loyslsock Valley Elementary School’s alarm system.

School director William Ruffing raised the issue, noting that it was irresponsible for former school director Karen Wright to claim in social media that the system may not activate in an emergency.

When Ruffing asked board president Ronald Snell if he agreed with that assessment, Snell noted a presentation given to the board may have possibly led to that conclusion.

Some angry words and accusations followed between the two.

At one point, Snell accused board member Jennifer Marriott of bashing Wright.

Marriott said she had never done that.

Eventually, buildings and ground supervisor Joseph Gnoffo said the school did not have an electrical problem.

He said the fire alarm is tested yearly and in fact works, but will continue to be monitored.