The school calendar for public schools in Schuylkill County for the school year of 2013-2014 was adopted by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus near Marlin, Norwegian Township.

The first school day for students is Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, and the last day of school is Monday, June 2, 2014.

The calendar adopted is as follows:

Thursday, July 4, 2013, Independence Day Holiday, school closed; Friday, July 5, Summer Operating Hours, school closed; Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 14 and 15, Inservice Days for new and first year teaches only and IU/STC induction; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 19, 20, 21 and 22, 23, Inservice Days for teachers only; Monday, Aug. 26, First Day of School; Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day Holiday, school closed; Tuesday, Sept. 3, school reopens; Monday, Oct. 14, Inservice Day, teachers only; Tuesday, Oct. 15, school reopens; Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 and Monday, Dec. 2, Thanksgiving Recess, schools closed; Tuesday, Dec. 3, school reopens.

Dec. 23, through Jan. 1, 2014, Christmas Holidays, school closed; Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, schools reopen; Jan. 15, 2014, 90th day of school; Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, Inservice Day, teachers only; Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, schools reopen; Monday, Feb. 17,2014, Presidents Day, schools closed; Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, schools reopen; April 18, 2014, Good Friday Holiday, schools closed; April 17, 21, 22 and 23, 2014, Easter Recess and snow make-up days; Thursday, April 24, 2014, schools reopen; Monday, May 26, 2014, Memorial Day Holiday, schools closed; Tuesday, May 27, 2014, schools reopen;

Monday, June 2, 2014, last day of school; Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Teachers Inservice only for IU, new and first year teachers and Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Inservice Day for new and first year teachers.

Other business

The board approved payments to four school districts for instructional services and supplies utilized for the 2012 after school program.

they were Minersville Area, $20,529.90 for September and $6,482.59 for October; Pottsville Area, $17,129.08 for September and $11,875.14 for October; Williams Valley, $5,165.28 for September and $8,582.97 for October; and North Schuylkill, $5,165.28 for September.

The board accepted the auditor general's report for the year ending June 30, 2009, and June 30, 2010. The audit report did not contain any findings or observations for these years in accordance with procedures established in management directive.

Hired were Gail Stehr, Klingerstown, as a business specialist at $29,500 per year under the Support Staff Compensation Plan; Jennifer Curnow, Schuylkill Haven, as a part-time teacher aide at Pine Grove at $8.75 per hour; Barbara Stief, Mount Carmel, part-time teacher aide in Early Intervention Program at $8.75 per hour; Alexandra Raring, Pottsville, as a substitute Speech Therapist in Early Intervention Program at $200 per day; Stanley Sabol, Jr., Frackville, as a substitute teacher at $80 per day; Joseph Taglieri, Minersville, as a substitute Special Education Teacher at the North Campus at $80 per day; and John Deatrich, Palo Alto, as a part-time evening auto inspection instructor at $28 per hour.

Hired as substitute teacher aides at $8.75 per hour were, Dawn Yacovelli, Tamaqua; Jennifer Curnow, Schuylkill Haven; Barbara Stief, Mount Carmel; Samantha Barnes, Ashland; Sarah Brennan, Minersville; and Amanda Crouse and Colleen Bowers, Pottsville.

Hired as substitute cafeteria workers at $8 per hour were, Samantha Barnes, Ashland; and Colleen Bowers and Donna Crouse, Pottsville.

Payment of $50 each was authorized for Leroy Boyer and Steve Babinchak for preparation of and participating in a teacher panel to be presented Jan. 26 as part of the Guest Teacher training.

The law firm of Lewis, Williams, and Caravan, Schuylkill Haven, was reappointed as solicitor for the IU board for the period Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2013, at a fee of $6,000.

Approved was a payment of $2,175 to Mary Ellen Matunis, Shenandoah, for evaluation services provided to the 21st Century Afterschool Program; Gary MacCready, Orwigsburg, $28 per hour for part-time assistance in the STEM Program at Penn State Campus in North Manheim Township; and $75 to Jessica Tofany, Orwigsburg, to provide Early Intervention Speech and Hearing Services in the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit Early Intervention Program and $18 per hour for services as translator and interpreter in the English as a Second Language Program to Clara Ballesteros, Mahanoy City; Cynthia Dros, Pine Grove; Annica Du, Maguncie; Eric Lech, Whitehall; Eileen Marchettis, New Philadelphia; Barb Medina-Tovar, Shenandoah; John Soister, Orwigsburg; Katelyn Soister, Astoria, N.Y.; and Olga Velazco, Shenandoah.