South Side school board swears in new members

Five members of the South Williamsport Area School Board were sworn in at the board’s reorganization meeting Monday night and one other member revealed he is leaving the board due to a relocation.

Newly elected members Airneezer Page and Erica Molino joined three others, Cathy Bachman, Steve Persun and Nathan Miller in being seated at the table following last month’s election. Persun and Bachman were holdovers and Miller had served since last year when he was appointed to the board and then was elected.

At the end of the meeting, board member Nicholas Fiorini announced he is moving out of his current region and into a region that already is represented on the board, so that it was necessary for him to resign his position. The board will now appoint someone from Region I to fill that spot.

In other business, under the reorganization, the board elected Chris Branton, who had served as the board’s vice-president, to the position of president. The board also elected Greg Anthony as vice president and Cathy Bachman as treasurer.

In regular business, the board approved the following winter athletic volunteer coaches: Nathan Miller, Barth Carson and Cindy Confer, elementary basketball; Chad Quimby and Chad Krape, boys’ basketball.

Sarah Bamford was added to the substitute teacher roster for elementary and secondary grades by the board.

A memorandum of understanding with Pennsylvania College of Technology was approved. The agreement is for the Penn College NOW Concurrent Enrollment Partnership between the college and the district, which allows secondary students to have the opportunity to earn tuition-free college credits as detailed in the agreement.

Under personnel matters, the board approved hiring Ed Springman as a full-time custodian, at $9 per hour and Sara Bauer as a part-time custodian at $9 per hour for five hours per day. They also accepted the resignation of Michelle Heim as a cafeteria worker.

District Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm and Central Elementary Principal Kathy Furman gave the board an update on the district’s elementary strategic plan.

They detailed a program which is designed to address both academic and behavior issues at the elementary level.

According to Furman, on the academic level, the program focuses on “holes” the students might have in literacy, such as something they may have missed in a lower grade. Those specific skills are then targeted. Furman noted that recent conferences revealed that the growth in these gaps has been phenomenal.

Stamm highlighted a program that develops how kids are to behave in different areas of the school, not only in the classrooms, but schoolwide, including on the buses and in the bathrooms.

The program will be launched Jan. 22 with what Stamm described as a big show.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the junior-senior high school’s library.