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Muncy School District to receive $196,800 in CARES Act allotment

MUNCY — Dr. Craig Skaluba, Muncy School District Superintendent, announced at the board’s meeting Monday night that the district will be receiving a check from the Lycoming County Commissioners for $196,800 for the district’s share of the CARES Act allotment to the county. The amount is based on the number of students in the district.

Additions to the district’s health and safety plan were also approved by the board. Skaluba detailed the additions, including new limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings. They new capacity limits include:

• The stadium capacity of 2,000 would allow 500 people at a 25 percent capacity.

• The high school gym in the new addition capacity of 1,000 would allow 200 people at a 20 percent capacity.

• The high school gym in the existing building capacity of 597 would allow 101 people at a 20 percent capacity

• The high school auditorium main floor capacity of 397 would allow 75 people at 20 percent and the balcony level with a capacity of 227 would allow 45 people at 20 percent.

Skaluba cautioned that these calculations did not take into account six feet of social distancing. It just takes the calculation of the amount as the limits apply to it.

The board also approved adding the following days as distance learning days: Oct. 26, Nov. 6, Dec. 11 and Jan. 29.

Skaluba noted that distance learning expectations were added to the plan for option two students primarily, but for all students if the district were to go to distance learning.

“Our students are encouraged to complete classwork during designated class time pending class means completing all assignments,” he noted. “If there’s a live ZOOM not available students reach out to teachers and it gives tips for helping children with distance from home.”

“There’s nothing there that’s brand new, it is just kind of making sure that distance learning students know these are the things that they should be doing. It gives some guidelines for how to be able to get these established routines at home,” he added.

Also added to the plan was the stipulation that if all students in a building were in a distance learning model that teachers would ZOOM daily with their classes. This would apply for a few days or a few weeks or longer, Skaluba said.

In other the business, under personnel, the board approved:

• Kim Price to provide Title I extended day services at the current homebound instruction rate.

• Sarah Zalonis at the current homebound instructional rate when assigned by her supervisor to work in the Closing the Achievement Gap Program.

• Katie McGuire as PIMS and student information coordinator at a salary of $28,000.

• Jason Gresh as game worker at per season rate.

The board approved the resignations of Cheryl Kibby, cafeteria worker and Elizabeth Lohr, paraprofessional.

They accepted the retirements of Barbara Waltz, cafeteria worker and Marcie Fisher, elementary teacher.

Athletic appointments approved by the board included: Brian McCormick and John Nixon, volunteer wrestling; Lucas Drick, Junior High wrestling; Nick Buckle, head Junior High wrestling; Nicole Meyer, head varsity cheerleading; Tiffany Boyles, head Junior High cheerleading; Croce Maiorana, elementary wrestling coordinator; Chris Persing, head varsity baseball; Joe Tedesco, head varsity softball; Bo Meyer, head varsity boysá tennis and Katie McGuire, volunteer cheerleading.

The board also approved an agreement with Resilite, The Mat Company, for mat molding installation at a cost of $7,498.

It was also announced at the meeting that the USDA has extended free meals to all children 18 years and younger in the district through the end of the current school year. The program had been set to expire Dec. 31.

The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

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