South Side School Board fills vacant seat

The South Williamsport Area School Board appointed a new member to their board and took care of personnel and other matters at Monday night’s meeting.

Nick Fiorini, a former board member who has taught public and private school, will fill the vacant seat in the district’s Region III.

A 1994 graduate of the district, he is a resident of the Nisbet area.

Fiorini will fill out the term until December.

He replaces Chris Branton who resigned.

In other action, the board voted to hire four paraprofessionals for kindergarten classes.

That action came following a report from Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm of alarmingly high enrollment numbers at the kindergarten level.

As many as 26 students are in some of the kindergarten classes, he told the Sun-Gazette.

Overall, the average class size in grades kindergarten through grade eight is 25 students, he noted.

The board voted to not enter into an agreement with the management authority of the Sylvan Dell Conservation Project.

Stamm told the board that the district does not need to formally belong to the authority, even if it does own property adjacent to the new conservation project and will benefit from the educational opportunities.

“It a great project, but I don’t see where it makes sense for us to be involved,” he said.

Board member Erica Molina disagreed, noting it was important that the district not give up its representation on the authority.

“We would be part of the conversation,” she said.

The board approved the club, Girls Who Can Code, which will be under the supervision of Tina Pulver and Tara McGlensey.

Pulver told the board the club will be targeted for girls in grades three to five.

The club’s goal is to help spark interest in girls for computer science.

Pulver noted that less than one in five computer science college graduates are women.

The board took action on a number of personnel issues.

The board accepted the resignation from Paul “Smokey” Stover.

Jessalee Kline and Julie Brenner were approved as instructional paraprofessionals at $12.74 per hour.

Kline will serve the supplemental learning support program for grades nine to 12. Brenner will serve the life skills support program for grades kindergarten to sixth at Central Elementary School.

The following people were hired for junior high softball coaching positions:

• Tom O’Malley, head coach, $1,358.

• Adam Lorson, assistant coach, $1,150.

• Rob Houseknecht, interim head coach, $815.

• Jesse Smith, interim assistant coach, $689.

Aaron Green was hired as girls head junior high basketball coach at $2,897.