All 12 public school districts who comprise the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit School District approved budets for the Intermediate Unit Budget and Vocational Education for the 2010-11 school year it was reported at the monthly meeting of the IU29 School Board held Monday evening at the Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin, Norwegian Township.

The budget for the IU calls for expenditures of $2,485,671, or an overall increase of $230,214 or 10.21 percent. The IU general fund balance as of the end of the school year last June was $1,307,397. There were additional staff costs included in the budget due to uncertainty of Power Library funding (prior year received $300,000 in funding) and two positions remain unfilled, assistant executive director and technology support specialist. Total amount of local revenue anticipated is $1,474,504 plus $1,919,138 from the state.

The Vocational Education Secondary Budget for 2010-11 calls for expenditures of $5,955,998.

Other business

The board accepted the Regional Summer Schools of Excellence Grant of $6,000 which will be used to host the biomedical Engineering Robotics Camp at the South Campus from July 6 through 13.

A donation of $500 was received from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation Diversity Fund.

Payments for instructional services and supplies utilized during the third quarter of the 2009-10 after school program were approved for Pottsville Area, $11,178.01; Williams Valley, $7,089.10; North Schuylkill, $2,816.95; and Minersville Area, $7,427.38.

The board is seeking bids for painting the gymnasium at the Maple Avenue Campus, flooring replacement at the Schuylkill Technology Center South and North Campus and roof repairs at the South Campus. A contract was awarded to EJB Paving and Materials Company for asphalt paving of roadway at the South Campus and IU building at cost of $39,4213.25 plus and additional $7 per square yard for additional paving.

A contract was approved for Empire Glass Paint and Mirrow Company for replacement windows at the Maple Avenue Campus for $29,180 plus any additional windows as needed at $1,350 per window.

A contract was given to Victor E. Muncy Inc. for replacement of garage doors at cost of $33,200.

The resigination of Christine Potts, part-time cafeteria worker, was accepted and William Krash coordinator of the School-To-Work Program, North Campus is retiring.

Mary Ann Alisauckas was hired as a one-on-one teacher aid at $8 per hour int he Counsel House Summer Program. The employement was requested by Tamaqua Area School District for an elementary student. Her salary will be paid by the school district. Lisa Frederick, New Ringgold, hired as a substitute teacher for Special Education Program and John Fowler, Mahanoy City, for Alternative Education Program.

Graduates

The board approved students from the Maple Avenue Campus who have been nominated for graduation at the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year. They are from home districts as follows:

Holly Farber, Jonathan Heffelfinger, Charlemagne McDonald, Alexander Priester and Brandon Sienkiewicz, Tamaqua; Jason Acor and John Welfel, Blue Mountain; Aaron Dietrich, Tri-Valley; Matthew Eber, Troy Richardson, Wesley Shutt and Shelby Snyder, Willliams Valley;

Katrina Fowler, North Schuylkill; Vanessa Hamm and Amanda Olenick, Minersville; Kane Lape, Mahanoy City; Tanya Smith, Pine Grove; and Richard Heim and William Hiester, Pottsville.

Approval was given for use of the cafeteria by the Schuylkill Safe Schools Coalition and Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Consortium to host the 2010 Emergency Management Services School Interaction Seminar on June 23. Permission was granted for use of the Maple Avenue Campus on June 21 through 25 by Camp Invention, Akron, Ohio, to conduct summer camp.

Achievement Award

Schuylkill County superintendents, high school principals, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Penn State Schuylkill and Lebanon Valley College will recognize students for academic excellence at the 27th annual Schuylkill County Academic Achievement Awards program.

Each public and nonpublic high school is invited to select six Schuylkill Scholars who will be recoganized for academic excellence, achievement and accomplishment,.The program will be held at the Pottsville Club, Tuesday, May 18, with a breakfast buffet.