Vote to close Jersey Shore school pulled from agenda

JERSEY SHORE – A vote by Jersey Shore Area School board Monday night on which of the six options presented earlier this year for either school closings or reconfiguring was pulled from the agenda due to the absence of two board members. Christopher Fravel and Karen Stover both were absent.

Members of the community present at the meeting were visibly upset and noted that this is the second meeting that Fravel has missed.

In pulling the item, board president Craig Allen said that the action was taken so that the board could have full participation in making the decision.

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, the board heard a presentation by Steven Keen, senior high principal, on a career and technical education program in automotives which would train district students in the PA State Vehicle Safety Inspection and Emissions program. He noted that the automotive instructor has become a certified vehicle emissions and safety inspections training, which enables him to train the students in the field. The district would then become a designated site which would enable students to earn Pennsylvania Vehicle Safety and Emissions certification.

“They would be ready to go. That is a huge gift for these students,” Keen said. “It’s another industry certification that we can add to our collection.”

He said that eventually, the program could be expanded to allow local mechanics in the community to receive recertification on a tuition basis.

Keen requested approval from the board to take the first step of entering into an agreement with the state agency to participate in this program and become a designated site. The board agreed to place the request on the agenda for their next meeting.

Keen also shared details of an apprenticeship consortium the district’s CTE program is participating in which would train students to work in various industries.

Members of the Future Business Leaders of America club in the district outlined for the board their WeSHOREcare program for this year, sharing their goal of providing 1,000 food boxes for The Love Center.

Under personnel, the board approved:

* Kimberly Smith and James Lape as substitute cross guards at a rate of $12.29 per hour.

* The retirement of Karen Palmeter, part-time food service employee after 18 years of service.

* The resignation of Jodi DelRosario, special education paraprofessional.

* Catherine Walker as a van driver and Brooklyn Norman as a bus driver for Marden’s, Inc.

* Bernice Hale as varsity cheerleader advisor at a stipend of $3,040.

* Robert Rook as a paid auxiliary staff member for the sports program and Joshua Smith as a volunteer girls basketball coach.

The board approved the second reading of a transportation contract between the district and Clinton County.

Assignment of a contract for therapy services for the current school year between the district and HOPE Enterprises, Inc., Williamsport to Williamsport Hospital, effective Oct. 1 was approved by the board.

Board members present were: Allen, Merrill Sweitzer, Michelle Stemler, Mary Thomas, Harry Brungard, John Pecchia and Kelley Wasson.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Administration Building, 175 A & P Drive.