Jersey Shore school board members question feasibility study recommendations
JERSEY SHORE — Three Jersey Shore Area School board members opposed feasibility study goals recommended by the Capital Projects Committee after questioning how the study would be conducted by Hunt Engineering.
“I also have questions about what figures they’re going to be using,” said Patrice Doebler, one of the board members opposing the agenda item.
“Right now, we have to give each student more room in order to be safe because of COVID. Are we going to ask them to use that when they figure out the capacity for schools,” she said. “Or are we going to go back to the normal numbers, which I don’t think things are going to ever be back to normal again.”
Another board member who joined Doebler in her opposition, Nancy Petrosky, asked if there was any data showing the number of children in the district, including those who would be attending in the future. She also argued that class sizes should be kept lower which would raise the occupancy level of the buildings to almost 70 percent.
“When Hunt does their proposal we can ask them about their methodology, how they’re going to calculate these things, what square footage they’re using, how many students per square foot. They’re the industry experts,” Craig Allen, board president said.
The goals out of the Capital Projects Committee were:
• Create efficiency of district systems.
• Maximize the use of available district funds.
• Not increase district debt service cost.
• Determine what the district borrowing capacity is.
• Acquire proposal from Hunt Engineering to complete their space utilization and educational space planning.
Voting no were: Petrosky, Doebler and Angela Grant. Voting in favor were: Craig Allen, David Becker, Wayne Kinley, Harry Brungard, Mary Thomas and Michelle Stemler.
In other business under personnel, the board approved:
• Samantha Smith as Middle School club advisor for the Bullpup Memories Yearbook for 2020-21 school year.
• The online learning facilitator and online secretary job descriptions.
• Luke Laubach as a volunteer boys basketball coach.
• Amanda Good and Holly Mantle for part-time food service workers at $10.20 per hour.
The board, at the request of Brungard voted separately on hiring a JSOL facilitator and JSOL secretary using CARES II funds when they become available but no later than the 2021-22 school year.
Brungard was the lone no vote for hiring a facilitator.
The board also voted to accept the resignation of Maureen Erlandson, accountant, effective Dec. 31, 2021.
Settlement of 2020 Interim real estate taxes and 2020 real estate taxes was approved by the board.
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 8