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Williamsport schools to pay $8,500 for feasibility study on district buildings

Following presentations by three architectural firms, the Williamsport Area School Board voted to hire Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, Mechanicsburg, to perform an $8,500 districtwide feasibility study to determine whether each building meets programming needs.

That cost will be credited back to the district if the firm ends up doing a project, according to Wanda Erb, the district’s business administrator.

The last feasibility study was done during the 2007-08 academic year.

In other business, the board approved:

• An agreement with STEP Incorporated to host six AmeriCorps participants in the district during the current school year. The AmeriCorps staff assist in improving attendance, establishing relationships with district families and student management. The cost to the district is $8,925 for each participant. All other costs are paid by an AmeriCorps grant through STEP.

• Andrew Leigey, automotive technology teacher at the high school, to provide emissions testing for adult automotive technicians during evening hours throughout the year by appointment.

• A three-year agreement for Sage Technologies for service maintenance for telephone voicemail systems at a cost of $14,800 for one year and $13,462 for years two and three.

• The purchase of a Hunter Engineering TCA34S leverless tire changer and flange plate kit at a cost of $21,455. The equipment will help students gain an understanding of state-mandated industry competencies in the automotive program and replaces dated equipment. The purchase is funded through a Perkins grant.

Under personnel, the board approved the resignations of part-time aides Ashtynne A. Harden and Jessica R. Long.

They also approved hiring: Karen M. Gerardi and Stacey Shadick as part-time administrative support aides at $13.48 per hour; Andrea L. Mann as a part-time aide at $13.59 per hour, and Mary Jo McDonough and Jeffery B. O’Neill as part-time aides at $14.82 per hour.

Other personnel items approved were:

• Amber R. Faivre, substitute food service worker at $9.00 per hour and Theodore C. Paul, substitute custodian, at $9.00 and/or $10.00 per hour.

• Substitute teachers, Cameron D. Hornberger, Ellie J. Hubbard and Lisa C. Swoyer at $120 per day for the first 45 days and $130 per day beyond that.

• Non-certified substitute teachers, Mitchell D. Floyd and Courtney J. Wenner at $90 per day for the first 45 days and $110 per day beyond that.

The board approved a contract with Conrad Siegel Actuaries to complete, file and mail 2019 IRS employee and employer tax forms to comply with mandated Affordable Care Act regulations. The proposal also includes assistance in the review of tracking employee data, benefit eligibility and employee premium cost-sharing as well as filing corrections. Cost to the district is $7,900.

An increase of up to $31,250, but not to exceed $100,000, for construction management services from McTish-Kunkel and Associates to supply engineering consulting services to manage reconstruction of Millionaire Drive was approved by the board. The funds come from Bond Proceeds.

Board members present were: Lori Baer, Jane Penman, Brette Confair, Patrick Dixon, Jennifer Lake, Barbara Reeves, Marc Shefsky and Adam Welteroth. Absent was: Nancy Story Somers.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at District Center board room, 2780 W. Fourth St.

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