Refunds were approved by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board to the 12 public school districts which comprise the unit in action taken at their public meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

The refunds for the school year 2011-12 and is based on the enrollment in vocational technical schools by the local school districts. The repayments were as follows:

Tamaqua Area School District, refunded $7,066.12; Blue Mountain Area, $10,391.35; Mahanoy Area, $3,657.76; Minersville Area, $4,156.54; North Schuylkill, $6,982.99; Pine Grove Area, $5,819.16; Pottsville Area, $8,987.13; Saint Clair Area, $2,826.45; Schuylkill Haven Area, $4,489.06; Shenandoah Valley, $3,740.89; Tri-Valley, $3,408.36; and Williams Valley, $3,574.63.

Regina Sofskt-Casella, Tamaqua, was hired as a case manager in the Schuylkill Learning Academy effective Feb. 5 at annual salary of $30,000.

The board accepted donations to the Schuylkill County Youth Conference of $500 from Dr. Carl Johnson; and $6,600 from Wells Fargo and a pallet from Lowes, Pottsville, a build and grow building kits to be used by students to enhance skills in building.

The board adopted a new employee handbook for the special education and technology centers.

It accepted the resignation of Jeffrey Jacavage as full-time behavior interventionist in the Schuylkill Learning Academy.

The board entered into a letter of linkage with ReDCo Group as per Department of Welfare regulations to provide continuity of care offering comprehensive based mental health services for assistance to consumers in need of behavioral health services.

The board accepted the state equipment grant of $28,193 from the Department of Education Career and Technical Education for programs in welding, collision repair, auto technology, and culinary.

Tamara Hanzok, Pottsville, was hired as a substitute cafeteria worker at $8 per hour.

Named to the strategic plan committee for the technology centers were, Instructors, Tom Buff, William Mack, Ed Pollack, Tim McGinley, and Frank Rupp; parents, Calvin Ney, John Conville, and Tara Davidson; administrators, Kurt Lynch and Veronica Kneal; local business, Jack Pitts, Roger Stroehecker, Anne Fecenko, Cynthia Staslli, and Angie Salvadore; community, Albert Wank and Lori Kane; and educational specialists, Diane Best, Michelle McGinty, and Art DiCasmirro.