Palmerton Area School District will upgrade the high school restrooms in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

On an 8-0 vote, the board awarded the bid to CMG of Easton, Inc., for $103,000, per the recommendation of Tim Sisock and Rob Sarnowski of Barry Isett & Associates.

Demolition, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and finishing work are needed to upgrade the restroom facilities, which are original to the building.

As part of the work, both the men's and women's restrooms in the main hallway will be made handicapped accessible.

It will be paid for from the district's $5 million bond, that the previous board agreed to borrow last fall.

Also, as part of Tuesday's special meeting, the board, on an 8-0 vote, agreed to recall furloughed elementary teachers Kelly Ruddick, Kathryn McKeon, and Tricia Wampole, whose assignments are yet to be determined. Director Sherry Haas was absent.

In other business, the board:

Removed Richard Bowman from the substitute custodian list, effective March 14.

Approved termination of employee #23, effective Feb. 24.

Approved termination of employee #3514, effective March 14.

Approved the 2012-13 Facilities Plan Committee Report, and reaffirmed its commitment to the original construction of the Facilities Planning, approved Nov. 1, 1989, which consists of a series of prioritized inquiries to be considered in determining future locations of the CLIU and school district special education classes.

Approved salary adjustments for Ryan Heller for horizontal movement on the respective salary level, from B+24 to Master's, per the teachers' negotiated contract, effective the second semester of the 2011-12 school year.

Approved the Environmental Club field trip to Washington, D.C., with David Kellerman on May 11, at the cost to the district of one substitute (approximately $100).

Approved Elisa Binder as a volunteer at Towamensing Elementary School.

Approved, on an 8-0 vote, with one abstention, the nomination of director Clarence Myers to the post of at-large board member on the LCCC board of trustees. Myers abstained from the vote.

Accepted the donation of books from Mr. and Mrs. Barry Scherer for the elementary school library.

Clarified the 2012-13 school calendar to reflect Wednesday, June 5, as a half day for students and full day for staff.