Parents push for girls volleyball team in Loyalsock schools

A small group of parents took their case for bringing girls’ volleyball to the Loyalsock Township School District to the board at their meeting Wednesday.

In a prepared statement, the group requested the board consider adding a middle and high school girls’ volleyball team to the sports schedule for the 2020 fall season.

A group of interested girls has formed an Amateur Athletic Union volleyball club so they can practice. The group at the meeting also requested permission to use district facilities for practicing as the winter months approach.

The parents shared that last year about 35 girls had expressed an interest in participating in a school volleyball team. Their current AAU team has a roster of 17 girls who have been meeting and practicing weekly for about seven weeks. They noted that South Williamsport Area and Williamsport Area School Districts have both added volleyball to their roster of sports.

The board told the parents the next step would to be to approach the athletic director with their request.

Under personnel, the board approved Nicole Selleck, Victor Wright and Andrea Singers as part-time paraprofessionals at a rate of $10.70 per hour each.

They also approved Daniel Frycklund as a school van driver and David Winner as a volunteer boys’ junior varsity and varsity basketball coach for the 2019-2020 sports season.

The resignation/retirement of Addison Shableski, technology aide, was noted by the board.

Other actions by the board included approval of:

• An agreement with Western Governors University for student teaching placements.

• The purchase of a Nimble Storage Foundation from CDW-G, of Vernon Hills, Illinois, at a cost of $58,709.

• The purchase of a Buderus gas boiler from APR Supply Co., of Williamsport, at a cost of $54,979.

• The demolition of the current boiler and the installation of Buderus gas boilers by Steam Specialist, of Williamsport, at Schick Elementary at a cost not to exceed $30,000.

• The purchase of library furniture for the high school/middle school library from Tanner Furniture, of Harrisburg, at a cost of $45,786. The board also approved the purchase from Tanner of motivate tables for the library at a cost of $6,056.

The board also approved an addendum to the agreement between the district and the Loyalsock Township Education Support Professionals Association.

M. Dan Egly, district business manager and board secretary, said the agreement involves switching a day off from President’s Day to the day after Christmas. He noted that in recent years, President’s Day has often been used as a snow make-up day.

Terms and conditions of the Act 93 administrative personnel compensation plan effective July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2023, were OK’d by the board.

The transfer of funds totalling $250,000 from the general fund unassigned fund balance to the capital projects fund for future capital projects was approved by the board. Egly said the transfer was made to replenish the fund for future projects.

Members present at the meeting were: Edward H. Ade Jr., David P. Hornberger, Christina L. Kiessling, John B. Raymond, Carolyn R. Strickland, Melvin E. Wentzel and Paul R. Young II.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the board conference room, 1605 Four Mile Drive.