Jennifer Braddock, a Pleasant Valley Middle School student was recognized at the Pleasant Valley School District school board meeting as the junior division winner of the Russell C. Hughes Monroe County Spelling Championships at East Stroudsburg High School-South.
The annual Monroe County competition was started 35 years ago. She competed with other students from grades 5-8 and won a cash prize of $300. Braddock has competed in PVMS's spelling bee since fifth grade, and this was her second time competing on the county level. The last time was two years ago when she was in sixth grade.
PVSD board President Susan Kresge presented Braddock with a certificate from PA state representative Rosemary M. Brown.
Mr. Heath, PVI assistant principal introduced PVI math teacher Kelli George, who gave recognition to PVI students who took first place at the recent North East Council of Teacher of Mathematics competition.
They were seventh grade student Mary Cerbone and sixth grade student Jonathan Rodriquez.
Second place winners from PV were Ben Bard, grade 6, Kimberly McKee, grade 8, and Edward Harbison, grade 8.
Board President Kresge presented three school board members with certificates of recognition to John Sabia for 16 years of service, MiChelle Palmer for 16 years and Russ Gould for eight years.
Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent, said members of the school board give a lot of hours to the district and the community and often get a lot of grief.
He thanked the three members for their years of service and said they were three fine individuals.
H. Charles Hoffman was re-elected as board treasurer.
PVI's Bingo night netted 100 garments for PVEN and the school raised $1,300 in its Sneakerthon for Juvenile Diabetes.
PVMS Student Council raised $1,841.61 for Juvenile Diabetes in its Sneakerthon. Mr. Drake, PVMS principal said that amount brings the total the school has raised over the years to over $24,000.
The board voted to hire the following:
*Security-Scott Campbell and Lynn Courtright for the position of Assistant Chief of School Police/Security at an annual salary of $44,500, plus a stipend of $5,000, prorated, upon proper certification/approval to carry a weapon on their person as per board policy, effective May 27, 2011. These are replacement positions for John Laird and Anthony Palermo.
*Substitutes-Kurt Druckenmiller, custodian/maintenance; Patti Meckes, secretary; Eugenia Skellenger, secretary/PPA; Holga Vale, cafeteria/secretary/monitor/custodian; Patricia Walmach, secretary/monitor.
*Substitutes, professional staff-Fannie Boeman, elementary; Michelle Storm, Special Education/elementary
The following have been approved for audio-visual building coordinator positions: Craig Morris, PVHS; James Igoe, PVMS; Sean Crosby, PVI; Barry Crown, PVE; Christie Doll, Polk; Roger Pomposello, Chestnuthill.
The following have been approved for technology building coordinator positions: Melissa Ruschak, PVHS; Theresa McDermott, PVMS; Bobbi Shupp, PVI; Barry Crown, PVE; Christie Doll, Polk and Roger Pomposello, Chestnuthill.
Mark Allison, David Biever, Jennifer Bowman, Greg Duff, Rollene Gougher, Augie Griffith, Tim Hinton, Kris Meckes, Gena Orlowski, Michelle Piontkowski and Kurt Scheller have been approved as events managers for the 2011-2012 school year, sharing a stipend as set by the supplemental contract.
Monica Kotzmann's position of administrative assistant to the business manager for a three-year term effective July 1, 2011-June 30, 2014 was renewed.
The board accepted the letter of retirement for Jeanne Bizousky, PVI monitor effective June 3, 2011.
The board approved to authorize the reduction of hours for monitors on a building by building basis and based upon the needs of the building as determined by the administration and to authorize the administration to take all appropriate steps to implement this directive.
The board approved the following 2011-2012 positions:
*Jr. high football assistant coaching positions-Maurice Stallings and Dan Frable
*Boys basketball assistant coaching positions-Anthony Chupa, Varisty; Steve Ayars, JV; John Gilbert, Freshman; Matt Gould, Jr. high; Shawn McFarland, Jr. high.
*Girls basketball assistant coaching positions-Gena Orlowski, Varsity; Matt Triolo, JV; Christopher Jarrow, Freshman; Greg Duff, Jr. high
*Wrestling-Keith Smith, Varsity; Matt Getz, JV; Justin Micklos, Jr. high
*Basketball cheering adviser, Bernadette Fierro
*Volunteer football coaching positions-Steve Lazicki, Varsity; Kevin Nagle, Varsity; Eric Saldibar, Jr. high
*Volunteer boys basketball coaching positions-Thomas J. Kresge, Thomas C. Kresge, Robert Madsen
*Marching band positions-Aaron Boligitz, assistant director; Loretta Bretzger, Steven Divirgilio, Tyler Hutta, Lauren Hoffman, advisers; Holly DeVivo, equipment manager.
Permission was granted to select Schenider Electric to develop an Investment Grade Audit Agreement for a guaranteed energy savings project.
The board approved the following contracts:
*Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab at $1,000, providing 12 workshops for six 3rd grade classes and six 4th grade classes at Chestnuthill and Polk Elementary schools from Nov. 21-23, 2011
*Schuylkill Valley Sports at $475 for Bears t-shirts to be sold from May 17-June 10, 2011 as a fund-raiser for Class of 2012 prom.
Approved paying an invoice of $34.72 to Kim Economy for bird seed and food from the PVHS Courtyard Garden Account
The following bids were approved:
*Anthracite Coal for 2011-2012 school year from Centralia Coal Sales at $173.95 per ton for an estimate total contract of $51,500.
*Janitorial supplies and equipment (a full tabulation is available in the business office)-AFG, $841.62; American Janitor and Paper, $29,194; Calico, $270.82; Indco, Inc. $676.90; LJC Dist./Fuller Brush, $16,707.85; Master Chemical, $5,336.57; M&S Hardware, $295; Northeast Janitorial Supply, $2,834.24; Penn Paper & Supply, $16,712.38; Philip Rosenau, $3,962.28; LLClean Co. $263.16 for a total of $77,095.02.
The Food Service budget for 2011-2012 school year was approved with expenditures in the amount of $2,258,956.
The board approved awarding of the Northampton/Monroe/Pike County Joint Purchasing Board for fuel items for the 2011-2012 year:
*#2 Fuel oil tank transport, firm at $2.8399 per gallon to East River Energy
*Unleaded 89 Octane, tank transport, fluctuating at Macungie, PA rack price .$plus $. $.0186 per gallon for delivery, overhead and profit to Petroleum Traders Corp.
The following contracts were approved:
*Carol H. Gilbert Consulting, cost $525. Training fee for "Simply Fantastic & Fabulous and Cha Ching! Ringing meal Correctly" on Aug. 23, 2011
*Rosetta Stone, cost $5,450 per year. 50 site licenses for May 2011 through May 2012 increase of $1,700. To be paid from Title III.
Approved HP Financial Services three year technology lease agreement not to exceed $106,033.54 yearly.