The impending winter weather was a buzz at the Jim Thorpe school board meeting Monday night. However, the constant reminder of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures did not put a dampener on Jim Thorpe Area's and Carbon Career & Technical Institute's spirits.

Holly Mordaunt (principle of L.B Morris Elementary School), Brian Gasper (principle of Penn Kidder Campus), and Thomas Lesisko (Principle of Jim Thorpe Area High School) discussed how despite the weather, the Jim Thorpe schools have been practicing and preparing to do well on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests. Mordaunt stated that there are "28 school days until the PSSA's" and "We have been working very hard."

Along with the upcoming PSSA's the schools have been battling ever changing schedules due to the horrible weather conditions. During this time, Gasper wanted to thank the faculty, students, and parents for their cooperation during these wintry days. Gasper stated, "We are really holding it together with the crazy schedule."

At the Jim Thorpe Area High School the members of the lunch program have been working to keep faculty and students energized. According to Lesisko, on Friday the high school will be serving special sandwiches that will be served to the students by the faculty. Lesisko mentioned that the schools are "trying to keep spirits going when it's been different schedules, all different days."

The Carbon Career & Technical Institute (CCTI) also had positive news despite the cold and snow. CCTI offers many different certifications for the students to complete while at school, especially in the Information Technology (IT) field. Joe Farkas, Integrated Information Systems Technology at CCTI stated, that due to CCTI's building project they plan to improve and add to the programs and "they will offer 9 areas of certification in the electronics and IT fields next year."

Programs and opportunities at CCTI are growing. Farkas also stated that, "CCTI is now one of five schools in Pennsylvania that now have industry certification from the Electronic Technician Association." This will give students the chance to work with employers and gather hands on experience.

Farkas explained that not only are the new facilities and equipment increasing the programs potential but they are drawing in an interest from students in the county.