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Super: Smooth start to Jersey Shore schooling

JERSEY SHORE — The first couple of weeks of school have gone “extremely well,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer reported to the Jersey Shore Area School Board via a virtual meeting Monday evening.

Attributing the success of the new school year to the students following the health and safety procedures that have been enacted during the pandemic, Ulmer said, “kids are doing what they’re being asked to do and that has made the beginning of this school year go much, much better than it could have gone.”

A donation of PPE supplies for staff and students from Highmark was approved by the board.

Ulmer told the board that the supplies included a box of cloth masks and back-to-school kits which will include such things as masks, face shield and hand sanitizers.

Since the items will feature a small tag with the name of the company, board president Craig Allen cited the board’s sponsorship and advertising policy which states the term advertisement does not include outright gifts, such as the supplies, that have no quid pro quo attached to them. Allen stated that he wanted to clarify so the board would not be perceived as being in violation of the policy by approving the gift.

The board also approved various board policies, some at first reading and some at second. Ulmer said that the state’s school board association was asking district to update policies due to the pandemic.

Under personnel, the board approved the following appointments and pay rates, if applicable:

• Matt Hartman, middle school cross country coach, $2,361 per year.

• Jonathan Palumbo, head swimming coach, $5,184 per year.

• Amy Saar, game staff for the Athletic Department.

• James Lape, afternoon crossing guard, $13.19 per hour.

• Ginger Neece and Kristen Cowfer, part-time food service positions, $10.20 per hour.

• Linda Edwards as a bus driver for Susquehanna Transit.

In other business, the board awarded 2020-21 athletic supplies and equipment contracts to various vendors in accordance with bid specifications for a total award of $9,911. They also awarded athletic trainer supplies to various vendors for a total award of $5,594.

All members were present.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

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