The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board accepted a grant of $11,250 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to reduce underage and dangerous drinking, in action taken at its monthly meeting held at the Maple Campus in Norwegian Township. Under terms of the agreement the IU will provide a 25 percent matching funds.

Dr. Diane M. Niederriter, executive director, said the grant will unable the IU to provide the opportunity for 26 Schuylkill County High School students and 15 advisors to participate in the one day "Positive Social Norms Training to Reduce Underage Drinking" program provided by a national expert and will enhance the capaicty of locals schools to plan or engage in positive social norm-based media camapaigns against underage and dangerous drinking.

Dr. Peter DeBennedittis was hired to present the program to the group on Dec. 1 at the Schuylkill Technology Center, South Campus, Norwegian Township, at a cost of $4,033.

Other business

The board entered into a full-time behavior interventionist one-on-one service agreement with three public school districts - Mahanoy Area, Tri-Valley and North Schuylkill, to provice special education services during the 2011-2012 school year. The cost to Mahanoy Area and Tri-Valley is $49,719 each and to North Schuylkill $23,053.

Carrie Falls, Frackville, was hired to provide this service to a student from Tri Valley and John Donton, Schuylkill Haven, for a student from Mahanoy Area, who are attending the Special Education School at the Maple Campus. Each will be paid $26,000. Patrick Denmon, Pottsville, hired for a North Schuylkill student at the campus, at $8.25 per hour.

The board approved the $15,000 expenditure for the Artist in Education Program provided by the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts and the program is available for the 12 member school districts.

The board approved payment to four member school districts for instruction and supplies utilized during the first quarter of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. They are, Schuylkill Haven Area, $4,356.86; Shenandoah Valley High School, $28,284; Pine Grove Area, $$4,858.96; and Saint Clair Area, $10,566.30.

Pam Cicero, Pottsville, was hired as a part-time educational technologist at the Federal Prison located near borough of Minersville at $25 per hours and Barbara Naradko, Harrisburg, received approval for additional 120 hours at $25 per hour payment for work at the federal prison.

The two carrry out the Advanced Occupational Education Program Services at the prison to train inmate for entry level careers in the work force and to provide needed skills for reentry to the community and for existing work details within the instutiton. The costs are covered by the U.S. Department of Justice. About 22 inmates are participating.

Niederriter was named as the Nondiscrimination in Employment and Contract Practices Compliance Officer.

Melissa Kimmel, Pine Grove, hired as a part-time teacher aide in the Maple Campus austic support classrooom at $8.25 per hour; and Melissa Luchenbach, Schuylkill Haven, as a part-time teacher aide in Schuylkill Haven learning support classroom at $8.25 per hour.

Kenneth Moyer, Tamaqua, and Jacqueline Rose, Pottsville, were hired as substitute cafeteria workers for the 2011-2012 school year.

A contract was entered with MIchelle Day, Sugarloaf, to conduct a full-day SMART Board training for the Title 1 teachers from the 12 member school districts on Nov. 8 at a cost of $1,200.

Approved payment of $850 to Mary Ellen Matunis, Shenandoah, for evaluation services provided to the 21st Century Aferschool Program for Shenandoah Valley, Pine Grove Area and Saint Clair Area.

A contract was awarded to Charles Orth, Ashland, to provide annual fire safety course for preschool and daycare staff at a cost of $325.

A contract was awarded American Red Cross of Pottsville to provide first aid certificaton training at the Maple Avenue Campus.

Barbara Merwine, Ashland, hired as a full-time practical nursing instructor at $60,450.

Appointed as substitute teaxchers were Maria Strawhorn, New Ringgold; Patrick Hand, Saint Clair; Matthew Mullins, Ashland; and Nicole Stock, Saint Clair.