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School board gives final approval

JERSEY SHORE – The Jersey Shore Area School board gave its final approval to a resolution to stay within the Act 1 index if they decide to raise taxes for the upcoming school year.

The index for the district is 3.2 percent and by agreeing to the state’s Department of Education the board is not saying they will raise taxes, just that any increase cannot exceed that amount.

The board approved a memorandum of understanding agreement with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission to provide a school resource officer for all district schools. For the duration of the agreement, which runs until June 30. 2021, the amount the officer will paid will be a maximum of $55,000 per school year. The district will pay to the commission the rate of $305.55 per day, paid on a monthly basis. All other benefits for the officer will be provided by the police commission.

Other agenda items approved by the board included a memorandum of understanding with Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania which allows Jersey Shore students the opportunity to take classes at the university. Students participating in the program will be enrolled as non-degree students and will receive a reduction in tuition.

In other actions the board approved:

• Testing drinking water in all the district building at a cost of $7,296. Samples will be taken by the district’s maintenance staff and testing will be performed by Seewald Laboratories. The testing complies with Public School Code Act 138 of 2018.

• The board policy pertaining to the district’s online learning program service through BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 and Northeast Intermediate Unit 19.

• Awarding Susquehanna Transit Company and Windecker Enterprises, Inc. dba Mardens Inc. bus contracts to provide regular student transportation services.

• A donation of $10,000 from Williams Gas Company designated for Salladasburg Elementary School.

• A donation of five large and five small Stop the Bleed kits from UPMC Susquehanna.

• The disposal of several CTE vehicles.

• The sale of the following items on Municibid: air compressor, $700; Western plow, $490; Western plow, $387 and a spot weld timer/welder, $212.

Under personnel items, the board approved Jodi English as Key Club advisor and the appointment of Courtney Maines to a part-time food service position at the middle school at a rate of $9.90 per hour. They also accepted the resignation of Kristy Hill as a food service worker at the middle school.

The board approved job descriptions for a school building secretary and classroom paraprofessional and learning support or special education paraprofessional. Dr. Jill Wenrich, district superintendent, told the board that these complete the listing of job description in the district.

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, the board heard a report by the Future Business Leaders of America club members and an update on their #weSHOREcare project.

Board members present were Harry Brungard, John Pecchia, Christopher Fravel, Michelle Stemler, Mary Thomas, Merrill Sweitzer, Karen Stover and Craig Allen. Absent was: Kelley Wasson.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District Office, 175 A & P Drive.

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