Tamaqua Area School District was one of nine school districts which received payments from the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board for instructional services provide for an after school program. The board approved payments as follows:

Tamaqua Area, Mahanoy Area, Pine Grove Area, Schuylkill Haven Area and Williams Valley Area, $19,604 each; Saint Clair Area, $19,03.02; and Shenandoah Valley Middle School and High School, $14,926 each.

Vacancies filled

The board also filled a number of vacancies as follows:

Alretta Schwenk, Auburn, as a service coordinator in he Early Intervention Program, at a salary of $47,390. Dr. Diane M. Nieerriter, executive director of the IU, explained this was a new position created as a result of increasing numbers of referrals/evaluations in the program.

Steve Malek, Strausstown, general education instructor at $28.50 per hour.

Hired as substitute teachers at $8 per hour were, Tiffany Esterline, Muir, Porter Township; Emily Donahue, Schuylkill Haven; Aubry Schwalm, Sacramento, Hubley Township and Sarah Keider, Pottsville.

Dennis Moyer, Valley View, Hegins Township, testing for general education diploma at $2,849 for period Jan. 1 through Nov. 30; Teresa Spotts, Schuylkill Haven, as part-time teacher aide at Maple Campus at $8.50 per hour; Emily Watson, Schuylkill Haven; Taylor Sidler, Pottsville, and Hannah Graver, Newtown, Tremont Township, at $8 per hour.

William Hyland hired as part-time commercial driver's license instructor, on a commission fee of two percent of all special Commercial Driver License (CDL) training contracts he secures.

Hired as practical nursing instructors at $25 per hour were Susan Drumheller, Shenandoah; Theresa Blatt, Auburn, and Michelle Chiccora, Tremont. Kathy Sinkiewicz hired as a full-time secretary at the Lifelong Learning Center at $8.75 per hour and Dona Oravitz as a part-time cafeteria worker at the North Campus of the Schuylkill Technology Center at $7.50 per hour.

Mary Theresa Kozura, Schuylkill Haven, special programs assistant in the Education Services Department at $38,000 per year; Kim Sutter, Pottsville, and Michelle Daynorowicz, Shenandoah, testing examiners for the General Education Diploma Program at $23 per hour. Leandra Maley, Pottsville, part-time case manager for the Pregnant and Parenting Teen program at $13 per hour; Susan Oswald, special education teacher to provide homebound instruction for Williams Valley student for five hours for up to six weeks at $25 per hour; Robyn Naus, Amy Spichiger and Marybeth Yurista, as one-to-one teacher aides at Pine Grove Area Middle School at $8 per hour. James Witner, Tamaqua, part-time bus aide at $8 per hour.

The board acknowledged receipt of a grant of $20,000 from Verizon Foundation for the purchase of technology equipment and licenses for the Maple Avenue Campus and a grant of $250 from Gerald and Carol Fisher to support the 2010-2011 Schuylkill County Youth Conference program activities.

The board approved advertising and employ the necessary personnel required to provide the Early Intervention mandated for the Service during Breaks Program, the Early Intervention Summer Program and the School-Age Extended School Year Program; a full-time and part time secretary at the Lifelong Learning Center; and substitute secretaries for the Schuylkill Technology Center and Maple Avenue Campuses.

The board accepted $50,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist the 12 public school districts in the IU29 for school improvement planning and implementation. A donation of 50 various types of toys from Saint John the Baptist Pastorial Assistance Outreach Program, Pottsville, was accepted and will be included with prizes for the Maple Avenue Campus's Principle 200 Club, a school wide K-12 behavioral program. Mileage reimbursement was increased from 50 cents to 51 cents per mile.

A grant of $12,706 was received from the Department of Education for supplemental English as a Second Language and is made available to Tamaqua Area, Mahanoy Area, Minersville Area, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove Area, Saint Clair Area, Schuylkill Haven Area and Tri-Valley, who are district members and Nativity BVM, a nonpublic school.