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Williamsport Area School Board considers policy for public input at meetings

The Williamsport Area School Board this week discussed the policy for allowing public participation at meetings.

A revision to the policy would allow stakeholders to publicly comment as well as residents and taxpayers.

At least one board member said the policy needs to revised to define what constitutes a stakeholder.

School director Jane Penman said she had problems with a non-resident of the district using up time that should be set aside for a resident to be heard.

The board agreed to table the matter until its next meeting.

In other matters, school directors took action on a number of personnel items.

The board accepted the following resignations:

• Brittney N. Reese, part-time administrative support, Jackson Primary School.

• Danielle L. Gottschall, part-time food worker, Curtin Intermediate School.

• Susan M. Wood, aide/sign language interpreter, high school.

• Booker T. Riddick IV, part-time aide, middle school.

The board approved the following personnel for employment:

• Alexandra C. Sheppard, temporary teacher, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School, $52,582 annual salary (prorated, effective Oct. 6).

• Kristin L. Myers, temporary teacher, middle school, $55,645 annual salary (prorated, effective Oct. 20).

• Blake Lambert, long-term substitute teacher, CTE Business and Computer Information Technology, high school, $55,645 annual salary.

• Sarah E. Rhone, long-term substitute, middle school, $52,582 annual salary.

• Jaquille E. Drummond, intervention specialist, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School, $23,970.

• Sara L. Geyer, aide, Cochran Primary School.

•Bobbi J. Mitstifer, part-time aide, middle school.

• Melissa S. Martin, part-time aide, middle school.

The board approved the following personnel for coaching positions:

• Dominique N. Thomas and Jakob E. Bower, eighth grade girls basketball.

• Ronald E. Sahm, seventh grade girls basketball.

• Dana L. Smith, volunteer girls basketball.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers said there are a number of job openings in the district and encouraged people to apply for positions.

“We need more employees,” he said.

The board met in executive session to consider personnel and legal matters.

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