Superintendent praises Williamsport teachers for ‘switching gears’
With the focus in the district being on the continuity of education plan that has been put in place during the school shutdown, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, Williamsport Area School District’s superintendent, said that teachers are making sure that students “are connecting, making sure that we’re touching base and making sure that they are moving forward in their academic career here.”
Reporting to the district’s board meeting via Zoom Tuesday, Bowers commended the teachers in the district for “really switching gears and taking a bricks and mortar in-person system and literally putting it in each household of all of our kids.”
In action items, the board authorized two public official bonds — one for $500,000 on Wanda M. Erb, board secretary and business administrator, and Brett A. Leinbach, director of finance and accounting, and the other for $3.4 million on Dorothy Hilliard, Tax Office manager.
The bonds are renewed every year and is like an insurance on the public officials who handle high volumes of money for the district, explained a spokesperson.
Other finance items approved by the board relative to the 2020-21 fiscal year included authorizing:
• The treasurer to invest funds temporarily to surplus the needs of the district during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 in provision of the School Laws of Pennsylvania, 1949 as amended.
• The purchasing agent to purchase materials and supplies, contracted services, furniture, equipment, textbooks and other goods and services for which appropriations are made in the budget.
• Lori A. Baer, board president, Wanda M. Erb, business administrator and board secretary and Brett A. Leinbach, treasurer as signatories for all depositories of the district’s funds.
• The following depositories: BB&T, First National Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Multi-Bank Securities Inc., Santander Bank, US Bank, The Bank of New York Mellon, Fidelity Investments, FNB Bank, M & T Bank, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust and the Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Funds.
Under personnel, the board accepted the resignations of Karl P. Ivers and Kristopher D. Waldrab.
The board approved the following course offerings: Lock Haven University — Sociology, Anthropology and Geography; Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth — Crafting the Essay; the Pennsylvania College of Technology — Introduction to Forensic Science; and Lycoming College — Acting I.
All courses include offering 1.0 Williamsport High School elective credit and including the course on the student’s transcript as a 1.4 weight, commensurate with dual enrollment courses. Cost for any of the courses is the responsibility of the student’s family.
Members of the board present at the meeting were: Baer, Marc Shefsky, Jane Penman, Nancy Story Somers, Patrick Dixon, Jennifer Lake, Star Poole, Barbara Reeves and Adam Welteroth.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 19. The location will be announced at a later date.