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ELSD staff member tests positive for COVID-19; Board acts on personnel

The East Lycoming School Board voted on personnel matters and other business during a short meeting Tuesday night.

The resignations of three persons were accepted by the board.

They were: Jeffrey Sampsell, eighth grade boys basketball coach; Robert Perry, ninth grade boys basketball coach; and Christine Moyer, fitness center worker.

Perry is expected to remain as a volunteer coach.

The board approved tenure for professional staff members Laura Barondeau and Brooke McConnell.

Superintendent Michael Pawlik noted that achieving tenure requires three years of satisfactory ratings and other requirements.

In other matters, Pawlik said district officials are striving to keep schools open to students rather than to go to virtual learning.

“Our goal is to keep students here five days a week,” he said.

Board meetings will continue to be held in virtual session.

Pawlik reminded the board that state budget issues could pose challenges for school funding going forward.

For now, the state is facing a large shortfall in the budget.

The state passed a five-month budget in June but is looking to approve the rest of the spending plan by Nov. 30.

Business manager Heather Burke said that school officials will soon begin working on the district’s annual financial report.

Meanwhile, parents in the district were notified Wednesday that a staff member has tested positive for COVID.

It was reported that the staff member would have been at Ashkar, Renn and Ferrell Elementary Schools in Hughesville, Lairdsville and Picture Rocks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health was notified and determined that no students or staff members were in “close contact” with the staff member and no one, other than the affected staff member will need to quarantine.

Parents were also notified last Friday that an Ashkar Elementary School staff member had tested positive.

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