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Superintendent commends technology department

In his report to the Williamsport Area School Board, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent, gave a “shout out” to the district’s technology department for all that they have accomplished during the year of COVID when the reliance on the ability to do things remotely as well as reliance on internet capabilities has increased.

“Out technology capabilities across the board, from skill sets to wireless capabilities, to be able to manage software programs has put a lot of pressure on our technology department,” Bowers said.

He cited several updates to services that have been instituted because of COVID relief funds, among them the ability to provide livestreaming of district sports events for the community to view.

Under personnel items the board accepted the resignation of Jesse Simcox, full-time health and physical education teacher at Cochran Primary School, effective Apriil 30.

Volunteer spring coaching positions at the High School approved were: Stephen J. Schneider, baseball; Curtis P. Fink, baseball; Samuel E. Belle, David R. Heller, boys’ track and field; and Chad A. Eberhart, girls’ track and field.

The board also approved Molly E. Campbell, Booker T Riddick IV and Hanna M Werner as part-time aides, each at $14.97 per hour an Cynthia A. Nasdeo as a part-time food service worker at $12.83 per hour.

The following bids and contracts were approved:

• An agreement with CSIU #16 for financial software. The agreement moves the district’s current in-house Fox Pro based CSIU software to the eService software. The agreement will now include off-site maintenance housing, back-up data, group webinars, CSIU or regionally held classroom trainings and individual phone support. The cost increases over seven years with year one at $17,295 and estimated increases of approximately $3,300 per year after that. Costs are to be paid out of the technology budget.

• The district’s participation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services Costars road salt contract for the 2021-22 school year.

• Authorizing the software lease agreement for the Tax Office with Business Information Group, Inc., at a cost of $26,784 for one year beginning April 1 and the support of software operation at a cost of #180 per hour. Both costs are paid from the tax office budget.

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

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 16.

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