City school board to seek applications to fill vacant board seat

Two weeks after naming a candidate to fill a vacant board seat, the Williamsport Area School Board is seeking candidates to replace Spencer Sweeting, who resigned his seat on Aug. 8.

On Aug. 21, the board named Doreen White as the candidate they planned to appoint to replace Sweeting.

In the course of reviewing White’s paperwork, district staff discovered that, although she has a Williamsport address, White actually lives in the Loyalsock Township School District, according to Lori Baer, board president.

The board voted Tuesday to begin the process of advertising for new candidates interested in filling the post.

It also voted to move the first meeting in October from the first to the second Tuesday in order to interview possible candidates. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. instead of the regular time.

District students completed their first day of school on Tuesday, and Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers told the board everything went smoothly.

“The biggest news is we’re in,” he said. “Overall, it was a great day.”

Bowers noted the problems with dampness and mold, which caused the start of the school year to be delayed, have been handled.

“A lot of work got done. Our buildings have never been this clean,” he said.

Bowers also commented on the Drum Corps Association’s world championships that were held at the high school over the weekend. The district had partnered with the city and the local chamber of commerce for the event.

“The city was very pleased with how our district stepped up and partnered to bring that project to our area,” he said. “It really could not have happened but for the facility we have.”

He added that the district did “what a community school should do — help the community.”

Under regular business, the board approved:

• The formation of the Millionaire Fly Fishing Club at the high school. Advisers are Jordan Yohn and Kyle Schneider.

• An additional 25 days of summer curriculum work for GoMath and Wonders training at a cost of $150 per day.

• An agreement with the state Family Support Alliance to provide training to Heather Way, social worker, in a train-the-trainer model for Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting at a cost of $1,000. The cost is included in the student services budget.

• The purchase of a new Cloud-based web content filtering software from Securly at a cost of $13,500.

• A contract with the Wester pennsylvania School for the Deaf to provide off-campus interpreting services for district students at a cost of $18,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

• An agreement with Nittany Learning Services for alternative education services to district students whoa have been specifically referred by the district at a cost of $120 per day.

In personnel matters, the board voted to accept the following resignations:

• Gwenda L. Forker, part-time aide at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School.

• Christopher M. Heeman, general maintenance worker.

• Elizabeth J. Segraves, full-time social studies teacher at the high school.

The board also voted to approve the following staff appointments for the 2018-19 school year:

• Volleyball head coach, Linda L. Raocaj, $4,480; assistant coach, Stephen M. Radocaj, $2,240.

• Cross-country middle school assistant coach, Phyllis J. Sieber, $1,280.

• Non-certified substitute teachers Aaron J. Aucter and Rajah E. Lehr at a rate of $90 per day for the first 45 days and $110 per day beyond 45 days, with a maximum of 180 days per year.

• Substitute teachers Reginald T. Fatherly, Alexandria S. Kaluzny and Sarah Weiss at a rate of $120 per day for the first 45 days and $130 per day beyond 45 days, with a maximum of 180 days per year.

Board members present were Baer, Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Marc Shefsky and Adam Welteroth. Dr. Nancy Story Somers, Jennifer Lake and Brette Confair were absent.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the District Service Center, 2780 W. Fourth St.