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Muncy School District to allow masks as optional on buses

The Muncy School Board voted this week to allow students to not wear masks while riding buses or taking other transportation.

That decision came after some discussion by the board on the issue during their regular monthly meeting.

School director Scott Johnson argued against wearing masks.

He noted that kids will not adhere to a masking requirement and bus drivers will be unable to enforce it anyway.

At least one board member noted that students should wear masks in the compacted enclosed environment of a bus.

Under the district’s health and safety plan, students and staff are not being required to wear masks in buildings and on school grounds in the coming school year.

The board also voted to allow some exceptions for the quarantining of a student, including if the student has been vaccinated.

In other matters, the board approved the following agreements with vendors and companies:

• JusticeWorks Inc., alternative education, $80 to $88 per day.

• New Story, Educational Services, $378 per day.

• Bayada Home Health Care Inc., substitute nursing services, $45 per hour.

• Spencer Mechanical Inc., zone valving for high school air conditioning, $9,650.

• Bit Direct, classroom TV displays and mounts, $6,629, and wireless HDMI adaptors, $3,890.

• ESS, secretarial staff substitute agreement for 2021-2022.

In personnel action, the board approved Gerard Colby Alpaugh for a full-time maintenance position at $16 per hour and Kevin Styer as a substitute custodian at $10 per hour.

The following personnel were hired to coaching positions: Kristine Rosario, assistant varsity girls tennis; Jon Weaver, head junior high softball; and Bob Koslop, assistant junior high softball.

The board met in executive session following the regular board meeting to consider personnel issues.

The next school board meeting is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 20.

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