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Muncy School Board hires new wrestling coach

MUNCY — Following some confusion, the Muncy School Board, voted to approve Patrick Sparks as the head varsity wrestling coach by a 7-2 vote, following the approval by the board of the resignation of Brian Vollman from the position. Voting for the appointment were: David Edkin, Steven Hill, Scott Johnson, David Messenger, Anthony Peachey, Justin Teffeteller and Corey Walko. Voting no were: Joseph Earnest and Kim Walker.

According to the board, Vollman’s resignation, effective Oct. 13, was sudden and created an urgency in replacing him at a time when the season is soon set to begin.

Originally, Dr. Craig Skaluba, superintendent, had asked the board to add the appointment of Sparks as an interim head varsity wrestling coach to the agenda, with the position then being advertised for seven days due to the immediacy of the season. When the board voted on that item, the motion failed by a 3-6 vote. The only yes votes were Earnest, Peachey and Walker.

Board president Johnson had told his fellow board members that he would be voting against Sparks as an interim coach because he felt that Sparks should be a permanent, not interim, hire.

In other coaching appointments, the board approved: Olivia Erb, assistant varsity girls’ basketball; Eric Roberts, assistant Jr. High wrestling; Brian McCormick and Kane Snyder, wrestling volunteers; Jim Nuss, boys’ tennis volunteer; Kristine Rosario, boys’ tennis assistant; Rae-Ellah Biddle, head Jr. High field hockey coach; Charity Good, assistant Jr. High hockey; Jason Gresh, head Jr. High girls’ soccer; and John Karichner, head Jr. High boys’ soccer.

The board also approved Allison Davis and Lacey Peterman as food service workers at a rate of $10.75 per hour, and Julie Watson as a substitute van driver and bus aide.

Two board policies were given final approval. They are one relating to meeting and the other to public participation at board meetings.

A credit change order in the amount of $13,244 was approved for Keystone Purchasing Network for work done on the Muncy Jr./ Sr. High School sanitary line repair.

Three agreements were given the okay by the board. They are: a collaborative agreement with Merakey for behavioral health services; an agreement with Third Dimension Specialties for 88 lockers and installation at a cost of $64,817; an agreement with Cummins for the high school generator planned maintenance at a cost of $792 per year and a three-year total of $2,376; and a pass-through agreement with BLaST 17 for the 2021-22 IDEA.

The board approved the donation of 308 books, 20 packs of flashcards and two educational games from Books-A-Million at the Lycoming Mall.

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