Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District announced that he received notification July 15 that senior Kelsey McGarvey received a $4,000 scholarship from the Salvation Army. Only two students in Monroe County received scholarships from the Salvation Army and both were PV students.
John Alleger, a third-grade teacher at PVE, has been named WBRE's Teacher of the Month for July.
The Pleasant Valley School Board approved the following hiring of personnel: Support staff-Megan Sterenchock, Charles Tomori for summer computer technicians at hourly rate of $10.47
The board approved abolishing one art position and one Spanish position effective Aug. 23, 2010.
It approved nonrenewal of temporary professional employees Nancy Yurkovich and Darlene DiCarlo, effective Aug. 23, 2010.
Permission was granted:
*to have a concrete landing repaired located at the Parent Drop-off at PVI, not to exceed $9,000
*to purchase 100 PV Cyber Academy Licenses from VLN Partners for the 2010-11 school year at a cost of $425,000
*to dispose a Nakajima AE-740 typewriter, serial #A84402317 located in district office. The item no longer functions and repair is not cost efficient.
Pleasant Valley Cyber Academy will conduct an Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. in the high school new auditorium.
Health screenings for PV Cyber Academy students will be held during office hours on Wednesday, Aug. 18 to meet PA State Health guidelines.
PV Cyber Academy curriculum will be expanded to include Focus classes in mathematics for Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig and Algebra III/Prob/Stats.
The board approved contracts for:
*Transportation Services to Fort Washingto with First Student for the Food Service Department with an estimated cost of $41.75
*Renewal subscription to BOOKFLIX for entire district at $4,156 from 10/18/10-10/18/11.
*The Palace Center for 2010-2011 high school prom, cost approximately $20,000, paid by attendees and high school class funds.
Approval was granted to advertise for sealed bids for spring athletic supplies and equipment.
Janitorial supplies and equipment bids were awarded and is available to view in the business office.
Daniel Corveleyn, school district solicitor, attended the semi annual PSVA School Solicitors Symposium at Penn State and gave a report to the board of what he learned.
Erica Walters, Chestnuthill Elementary assistant principal, announced that the district received a $15,000 grant, with the help of Dora Tartar, PVSD's reading supervisor and Penny Derr, principal of PVE and director of Elementary Education, to pilot a program called "Take 10" for all second graders in the district.
Director Thomas Murphy asked Chris Fisher, assistant to the superintendent for Professional and Support Services, if he had any idea how the district is doing since it cut its summer staff hours from five days a week to four days, which started June 14 and will end Aug. 20.
Fisher said that he would know better in August but there has been some savings.
"We know we're on target with getting our work done. Question is, how will be able to go back to five days again," he joked.
The administrators and support professionals who work 12 months a year agreed to work longer days Monday through Thursday throughout the summer to conserve energy hoping to the effort would produce a significant cost savings by considerably reducing the use of power of computers, lights and air conditioning.
Murphy asked if the district was consistently reviewing the dress code. He stated that he has had some parents remark that they think the district has given too many color choices.
Dr. Arnold agreed that a common theme from parents he spoke to thinks there should be less color choices.
Board president, Susan Kresge said she heard about the clothing swap to be held at PVE and thought it was a great idea.
Penny Derr, principal of PVE and director of Elementary Education, said a letter has been sent home to the parents to explain that if they would like to make exchanges in sizes for school approved clothing items, that if they bring in, for example, three tops and two bottoms, they will receive a voucher for three tops and two bottoms.
It will be held at PVE on Aug. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.