Williamsport Area School District approves bids totaling over $1.5 million


Bids totaling over $1.5 million were approved by the Williamsport Area School Board for a project at Curtin Intermediate School aimed at making the school safer and more secure.

Using federal funds which can be targeted for school safety, the project involves moving the main school office from the second floor to the first to increase security and also retrofitting the current office space.

The following low bids were accepted by the board recently: Hepco Construction, Inc., Selinsgrove, general contractor, $867,929, and alternate bid for corridor flooring, $40,992; Silvertip Inc, Lewisburg, plumbing contractor, $80,700; Silvertip Inc., HVAC contractor, $268,500; and Lecce Electric Inc., electrical contractor, $264,850.

With less than a month to go until schools open in the Williamsport Area School District, Dr. Timothy Bowers, district superintendent, announced the schedule for open houses in district buildings at a recent board meeting. Bowers also gave an update on the renovation project at Curtin Intermediate School to move the main office from the second floor to the first in order to make the building more secure.

The schedule for open houses is as follows: Williamsport Area Middle School, Aug. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Curtin Intermediate, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Lycoming Valley Intermediate, Aug. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (4th grade); Lycoming Valley Intermediate, Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (5th-6th grades); Primary schools, Aug. 26, 5:30-7 p.m.; and Williamsport Area High School, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. (freshmen and new students), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (all other students).

First day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Aug. 30. The starting dates for students in Kindergarten are staggered and families are informed when their child starts by a letter sent from the school.

The board accepted the resignations of Jeremy Loveland, director of technology; Marianne Beane, full-time business, computer and information technology (CTE); and Manuel Baez Jr., paraprofessional/intervention specialist at Cochran Primary.

Under other personnel items, the board approved hiring the following:

• Sarah M. Jones, Kindergarten teacher at Hepburn-Lycoming Primary, $52,582.

• Elizabeth A. Manetta, to teach CTE Electro-Mechanical Technology at the high school, $52,582.

• Katherine J. Nicholson, English/Language Arts teacher at the middle school, $55,645.

• Michelle M. Wheeler, special education teacher at Hepburn-Lycoming, $52,582.

• Stephanie C. Toner, administrative support in the special education department, $34,545.

• Mary Beth Lingle, administrative support in the student services department, $13.75 per hour.

• Rebecca A. Brocious. part-time special education aide at Jackson Primary, $15.12 per hour.

• Kathryn L. Loudenslager-Clark, part-time special education aide at Curtin Intermediate, $13.87 per hour.

• Victoria J. Tupper, part-time special education aide at Lycoming Valley Intermediate, $15.12 per hour.

• Madison E. Walz, part-time special education aide at Jackson Primary, $13.87 per hour.

• Jeremy J. Sennett, ninth grade assistant football coach, $3,200.

• Allison J. Reeder and Kelly L. Allen, substitute food service workers, $9 per hour.

• Dawn M. Staggert and Kathryn E. Tharp, substitute administrative support, $9.00 per hour.

• Beckham B. Sibiski, substitute teacher, $120 per day for the first 45 days and $130 per day after that.

• Michelle P. Beggs, changed to full-time special education aide at Hepburn-Lycoming Primary, $22,909.


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