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School district receives $682K in federal, state COVID-19 relief funding

JERSEY SHORE — Two grants totaling just over $682,000 were approved for use by the Jersey Shore Area School Board to help the district deal with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vote came during the board’s meeting Monday night held both in person and livestreamed on YouTube, with two board members attending remotely.

One grant, $399,044 was part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act. The ESSER grants provide school districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact of COVID-19 on the schools.

The board approved authorizing these funds to support remote and hybrid instruction and to direct the administration to make these purchases.

The board authorized use of the second grant, a COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grant in the amount of $283,254, to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety Plan and to direct the administration to make purchases.

Dr. Brian Ulmer, district superintendent, stressed that these funds are grants related to COVID-19 support.

Under personnel items, the board approved a $7,500 payment to Dr. Kenneth Dady Jr., as a result of additional administrative responsibilities performed during the period of January 2020 through May 2020.

They also approved the following sports personnel and stipends:

• Christopher Bilbay, a half-time assistant varsity football coach, $1,708.

• Ken Williamson, a half-time assistant varsity football coach, $1,708.

• Terry Karichner, assistant middle school football coach, $1,836.

• Brody Smith, volunteer varsity football coach.

• Robert Rook, volunteer football technology coordinator.

The board approved retention of the following winter sport head coaches and sports: Scott Munro, varsity boys’ basketball; Darrin Bischof, varsity girls’ basketball; Dave Herman, varsity wrestling and Bernice Hale, varsity cheerleading.

The following spring sport head coaches and sports were also approved for retention: Robert Fox, varsity boys’ track and field; Mark Sundberg, varsity girls’ track and field; Mike English, varsity baseball and Randy Smith, girls softball.

A letter of resignation from Jenna Brooks, head swim team coach, was accepted by the board.

Stacy Passetti was appointed as paid game staff for the sports program.

The purchase of 30 textbooks at a cost of $3,800 was approved by the board for the new high school psychology course.

Other action items approved by the board included:

• No change to the student athletic participation fee for the upcoming school year. The fee will remain, $40, non-refundable, for each season per athlete.

• A memorandum of understanding between the district and the Jersey Shore Area Education Association regarding retiree benefits, for employees ending employment at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

• A resolution for use of an electronic signature by Ulmer with the state’s department of education eGrant system. • A letter of agreement/third-party contract between the district, Lock Haven Catholic School and Keystone Central School District for Title I Reading instruction for 2020-21.

• Two MOUs between the district and Intermediate Unit 17 for curriculum and professional learning services and regarding eQUIP Online Learning services for the 2020-21 school year.

• The extra-curricular health and safety plan.

• The appointment of board members Angela Grant and Nancy Petrosky as voting delegates and attendees of the 2020 PSBA Delegate Assembly.

Members present: Grant, Petrosky, Craig Allen, Wayne Kinley, Harry Brungard, Mary Thomas, Michelle Stemler, Patrice Doebler and David Becker.

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