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Comms distribute COVID-19 relief funds; school boards address personnel items

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Aileen Mercedes Cannon, of Florida, as judge for the Southern District of Florida. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, voted yes. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted no.

• The House was out of session.

State

• The Senate was out of session.

• The House was out of session.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 2-0 to approve funding for non-profit organizations from COVID-19 Relief Block Grant dollars. Voting yes were Rick Mirabito and Scott Metzger. Tony Mussare was absent.

• Lycoming County commissioners voted 2-0 to approved $12,204 agreement with Larson Design Group for engineering services for the Timber Run Industrial Development. Voting yes were Rick Mirabito and Scott Metzger. Tony Mussare was absent.

School Districts

• The Williamsport Area School Board approved the employment contract of Superintendent Timothy S. Bowers for another five years. Bowers, who is in the fifth year as superintendent at the district, is currently earning $171,000 for this year. On July 1, when the new contract begins, his salary will be at $176,130. For every year after that during the life of the contract his salary will increase by 3 percent. The contract runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026.

• The Loyalsock Township School Board formally accepted the resignation of board member Paul Young II . Young, who had served on the board since 2011 has moved from the district. Gerald McLaughlin, district superintendent, said that the board has 30 days to fill the vacancy. He said that there will be an advertisement in the newspaper no later than this weekend and that interested applicants can either mail in an application or submit it online. Applications will be due Nov. 27 and interviews will be scheduled among the board on Dec. 1 so the new board member can be appointed at the board’s Dec. 2 meeting.

• An additional $65,000 in health and safety funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has been received by the Jersey Shore Area School District, it was announced by Dr. Brian Ulmer, district superintendent, at the district’s board meeting. The funding is coming through CARES Act monies and will be used for health and safety equipment like hand sanitizer and masks as well as replacing staff laptops that are being used to develop course content for remote learning in the district.

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