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District to receive $966,400 through CARES Act

Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent at the Williamsport Area School District, announced the district has received a $966,400 from the Lycoming County Commissioners as the district’s part of the CARES Act. Each school district’s share is based on student population size.

Bowers noted that reopening schools was an expensive endeavor that cost millions of dollars in order to meet state and federal pandemic guidelines.

In other business under personnel, the board accepted the retirement of Christine R. Krajnyak, guidance counselor at the Middle School, effective Jan. 22, 2021.

They also approved the resignation of Naomi C. Decker.

The following staff were approved at the specified rate of pay:

• Taylor R. Shipman, part-time food service worker, $12.83 per hour.

• Erica M. Bacon, Cynthia A. Hamm, Kevin J. Harris, Amanda K. Kurtz, Jennifer M. Larson, Amy R. Mahon, Tanya M. Swink and Julie R. Welliver, supplemental teachers for help desk support, $31.20 per hour.

• Michelle D. Beggs, substitute administrative support aide, $9.00 per hour.

• Sarah R. Caffas, food service worker, $9.00 per hour.

• Valerie L. Blass, part-time food service worker, $13.44 per hour.

• Jeffrey J. Legge, CDL driver/aide.

• Melisa A. Hale, RN, substitute health room technician, $32.00 per hour for the number of hours assigned and worked.

The following personnel were assigned positions as Title I building and parent engagement coordinators for their respective schools at annual stipends listed: Elissa K. Koontz, Curtin, $2,000; Dana M. Null, Lycoming Valley, $2,000; Joan A. Shaw, Lycoming Valley, $2,000; Kimberly A. Williamson, Jackson, $2,000 and Tyra J. Crews, Stevens, $2,000.

Amanda N. Richard, was assigned as the Title I building coordinator at Cochran at $1,000 and Gina M. Raniero, as the Title I parent engagement coordinator at Cochran at $1,000.

The district noted that the payment of stipends for these positions may be modified or withheld in the event that the activities for which the stipends are being paid are curtailed or do not occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other conditions beyond the district’s control.

A tuition agreement with Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., was approved by the board. The agreement provides district students with special and all related services who are admitted to Soaring Heights School requiring emotional support services a tuition rate of $185 per day and autistic support services at $285 per day. Nursing, Professional and/or paraprofessional support, if needed, is at a rate of $120 per day. Costs will be paid through the special education budget.

Board members present: Lori Baer, Patrick Dixon, Jennifer Lake, Jane Penman, Barbara Reeves, Marc Shefsky, Nancy Story Somers and Adam Welteroth. Absent: Star Poole.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the High School Auditorium.

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