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East Lycoming schools maintain plans to reopen Aug. 26; athletics to begin Aug. 24

HUGHESVILLE – East Lycoming School District’s plans to reopen schools Aug. 26 with in-person instruction five days a week were reinforced by district Superintendent Michael Pawlik at the school board meeting Tuesday night. The meeting was livestreamed to the public due to the limitations on the number of people allowed to be in the building.

Pawlik noted that parents can choose other options, such as a blended model or total remote learning for their child, but that they need to decide so that transportation schedules can be formulated. Plans are for communications to go out to parents within the next few days concerning this.

Plans for fall sports have been pushed back two weeks to Aug. 24 following a ruling by PIAA, Pawlik said. The revised safety plan for sports was passed reflecting the new time frame. The original plan had allowed conditioning practice to begin during the summer and practices to begin earlier this month.

“Basically our plan has been pushed back by two weeks. The plan actually starts on the first day that PIAA allows us to have official practices,” Pawlik said.

The plan includes the safety precautions which were in the first plan such as temperature checks, following strict social distancing guidelines, as well as what needs to be done if fans are allowed at fall sports games. Pawlik mentioned that any concession stands would have to follow CDC guidelines or fans would not be permitted to attend.

Pawlik also put out a call for substitute teachers. He also noted that emergency certifications can be obtained through the intermediate unit for those who have a bachelor’s degree but are not certified and want to substitute teach in the district.

Under personnel, the board approved the following resignations: Jennifer Neidig, cafeteria worker; Michele Oliver, learning support teacher; Diane Brink, elementary teacher; Tammie Rudloff, supervisory aide, Dean Benedict, groundskeeper and Steve Rupert, assistant football coach.

The following appointments and their salaries were approved by the board: Kathy Gorg, secondary art teacher, $53,925; Char Colley, part-time food service worker, $11.82 per hour; Brian Duke, strength coach/athletic COVID coordinator, $5,299; Nichole Brown, part-time supervisory aide, $11.82 per hour; Rhonda Minier, pre-K assistant, $12.22 per hour and Katherine Shaffer, pre-K assistant, $11.82 per hour.

Re-appointed as part-time elementary interventionists at a rate of $32.42 per hour were Alexa Landis-Snyder, Sarah Snedeker and Karen Waugh.

The board also approved several bus and van drivers for the 2020-21 school year.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

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