Teachers who have the most rewarding and toughest job as instructors for the exceptional children attended the monthly meeting of the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at the IU building on Maple Campus, Norwegian Township, Monday evening and invited the board member negotiators to resume bargaining for a new contract.

The teachers are members of the Local Association of Schuylkill IU29 School District's Exceptional Childlren's Program and are members of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association). Their five year contract expired last September and they had finished the 2009-10 school year working without a contract for 12 months. No comment was made by the school board members. There are129 teachers in the association.

Board business

The board proceeded to act on the agenda for the meeting.

The board approved budgets for transportation at $1,967,828; cafeteria, $365,764; Maple Avenue Campus, $167,209; Schuylkill Technology Center, $198,555 and State Early Intervention Program, $2,792,468.

Payments were approved for four districts for instructional services and supplies utilized during the fourth quarter of the 2009-10 school year. All costs were covered by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cohort 4 Grant. School districts reimbursed were, Pottsville Area, $7,445.89; Williams Valley, $7,927.45; North Schuylkill, $10,.639.53; and Minersville Area, $11,635.10.

Daycare rates were aproved for the coming school year. Full time All Day, $120 per week; full time AM session and full time PM session, $60 per week.

The board accepted resignations of David Henrich, co-coordinator of technology services; Kyle Culbert, speech and language therapist; Allison Makar, English and Second Language instructor; Margaret Bettinger, secretary in the Early Intervention Program; Amelia Crespo, part time teacher in the Early Intervention Program; and Stephanie Schroeder, preschool classroom teacher in the Early Intervention Program.

Compensation was adopted for substitute employees. Day-to-Day substitute teacher, $80 to $100 per day with no mileage; substitute teacher aide, $8 per hour; substitute secretary, $8.50 per hour; substitute custodian, $8 per hour; substitute bus and van drivers, $8.50 per hour; and substitute cafeteria personnel, $7.50 per hour.

Hirings

Hiring made by the board included:

Scott D. Forney, Pottsville, as a behavioral interventionist in the Maple Avenue Campus at $23,000 per year; Justin McClure, Kaska, Blythe Township, as part-time music teacher at Maple Avenue Campus, $18,569.25; Amy Ryder, Delano, a full-time speech and language therapist, $48,819 per year; Vanessa McCormick, Middleport, as full-time speech and language therapist, $44,065 per year; Nikki Cole, Kulpmont, as full-time speech and language therapist, $42,265 per year.

Lynn Ann Wiscount's title was revised from co-coordinator of technology services to coordinator of technology services at salary of $67,913 per year; Cindy Studlack, Pottsville, was reassigned to position of training and consultation staff; Larissa Russell, Auburn, reassigned to position of School Social Worker/CAASP education representative for IU 29 at salary of $53,000 per year; Bryan Lehocky, Minersville, assistant crew chief, $14 per hour; Alan Hack, $1,250; Lisa Hollenbach, $2,500 and Jen Heming, $1,125 for academic summer school instructions.

Instructors for English as Second Language on an as needed basis, Janet Rajchel, Brett Reed and Adele Wallace, at $26 per hour; Darlene Dorsey, $24 per hour; Janet Berry Enos, $22 per hour; and Jamie Rizzardi, $18.50 per hour. The salaries are based on years of experience.

Payment of $900 was approved for Mary Dakosty for instructing for 2010 Robotic Camp.

Hired as special olympic coaches and extra curricular advisors for the school year were, Kimberly Keglovitz, special olympics coordinator; Sharon Wenrich, swimming coach; Natalie Stramara, volleyball coach; Kyra Marks and Knute Brayford, basketball coaches; Jennifer Reeves, soccer coach; Teresa Bensinger, softball coach; Rochelle Angelo and Janet Stock, seniior class advisors; and Christina Seiger and Janice Gately, yearbook advisors. Compensation is in accordance with collective bargaining agreement.

Approved payment of $100 each to Schuylkill County district teachers who will make presentations at the induction workshop on August 19. They are Carla Cappella, Paul Cherry, Melissa Day, Lori Dockey and Jennifer Matz.

Approved payment of $75 to Amanda Deal, teacher at Schuylkill Haven Area Elementary School, and Stephanie Ziegmont, literacy coach at Pottsville Area School District, for presentation made at the leadership forum.

The practical nursing program hourly rate for make-up time was increased from $20 to $25 per hour. Cindy Schucker was approved payment of $4,000 for additional duties related to the coordination of the practical nursing program. Frank Rupp, Pottsville, hired as welding instructor at $39,000 per year; Shirley McFarland, as part-time health assistant at $14 per hour; Donald Stevenson, CAD instructor, approved to provide four additional instructional hours at $37.18 per hour. This salary will be reimbursed by Tamaqua Area School District.

Approve contracts

A contract was renewed with Edward Savioz Driver Training School, Philadelphia, to provide an online driver education course for the secondary students in Schuylkill County. The cost of the course will be incurred by the student taking the course and the IU receives $32.90 for each student completing the course.

An agreement was entered with Connections Academy, Baltimore, Md., on an as-needed basis to provide appropriate services including but not limited to speech/language\ and occupational therapy and evaluations for the coming school year.

Working procedure agreements were entered with Child Development Inc. and Capital Area HeadStart for provisions of services to eligible Early Intervention children served by the two agencies.

Approval was given to the Schuylkill County Autism Society to hold its monthly meetings during the coming school year in the board room at the Maple Campus. The Pennsyvania School Employees' Retirement System was granted use of the Maple Avenue Campus gymnasium to conduct a health options program on Oct. 1.

Permission was granted President Judge William E. Baldwin, of the Schuykill County Court, to conduct a truancy meeting with representatives of the Schuylkill County Schools in the Schuylkill Technology Center Conference Room on Aug. 13.