At the last Pleasant Valley School District school board of directors meeting, Dr. Douglas Arnold, superintendent, reported that there are currently 5,650 students enrolled in the district.
Recently, Dr. Arnold spoke with members of PVE, Chestnuthill and PVMS PTOs about the dire straits the district is having with the budget.
"I appreciated the opportunity to talk to these parent groups and we had good discussions, feed back and support, hearing that we're doing a good job. We all are working hard for the kids and we're blessed to have the community that we have. Hopefully we can stick together and get through these tough times."
Dr. Arnold said that Angela Frantz, a PVHS graduate and currently a hockey coach at the district, was hired as a counselor at Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
PV students and staff Denim Days raised $1,000 for Cystic Fibrosa and $1,400 for the American Heart Association.
Resident Charlie Rush donated his fossil collection to the high school's science department.
The Western Pocono Community Library's board of trustees requested approval from the district's board of directors of the following trustees board and was given the approval of the board, 7-0, Charles Hoffman and Russ Gould absent: Jacqueline Mock, fulfilling the remaining term of Tom Donnelly, whose term expires Oct. 2012; Carmela Heard, who will be replacing Arthur Illiano, whose three-year term expires in Oct. 2014; Dan Mauger, reappointed to a three-year term, which expires in Oct. 2014; Marian Mackes, reappointed to a three-year term, which expires in Oct. 2014.
The board approved the following hiring of personnel:
*Paul Prebish as courier at $8.92 an hour, effective Oct. 17, a replacement position for Cal Joe O'Callaghan
*Melissa Dennis as full-time PVHS paraprofessional associate at annual salary of $20,331, prorated effective Oct. 17, 2011, a replacement position for Tina Martin.
*Lorraine Graf as PVMS monitor at an hourly rate of $8.92 an hour, effective Oct. 17, 2011, a replacement position for Judith Jackowski
*Justin Micklos, PVI and Winterford Ohland, Polk, from part-time to full-time paraprofessional associates, effective Oct. 17, 2011
*Audrey Altemose as PVE monitor at $8.92 an hour, replacement position for Lillie Daddea
*Paul Nieves, casual security officer
*Part-time paraprofessional associates at an annual salary of $20,331 prorated, effective Oct. 17, 2011-Nicole Cohen PVI, replacement for Carrie Stasiak; Cynthia DeLaCruz, PVI replacement for Laura Andriuli; Kristine Delmas, PVI, replacement for Denise Maskal; Charissa Derr, PVE, replacement for Meghan Foust; Carol Freeman, Chestnuthill, replacement for Marcis Robenault; Katie Harkins, PVI, replacement for Angenette Marbury; Janet Smillie, PVI, replacement for Holly Lowe; Onel Ramirez, Polk, new position.
*Part-time cafeteria workers-Michele Cannarella PVHS replacement for Linda Chiesa; Faye Nicholas PVE replacement for Patricia Kerwin; Lesylie Smith PVE replacement for Cindy Depue; Patricia Wuebber PVMS replacement for Deborah Wadiak; Christine Zerilli Polk replacement for Regina Denaro; Joan Brong transfer from PVE to PVI
*Substitute paraprofessional associates-Melissa Cangialosi, Carol Freeman, Laura Jecker, Onel Ramirez, Rebecca Reeser, Nicole Cohen, Cynthia DeLaCruz, Charissa Derr, Katie Harkins, Agatha Patrick, Janet Smillie
*Substitute monitor-Sylvia Negron
*Substitute teachers- Kaitlyn Andrews, elementary; Melissa Cangialosi, math; Samantha DeNardo, elementary; Erin Farley, English; Carol Freeman, elementary; Lisa Jaferis, English/reading; AmyKossyk, elementary/special ed; Angela Lobien, social studies; Jessica Pontician, elementary/special ed; Anna Przybylski, math; Onel Ramirez, social studies; Kathryn Ward, elementary.
The board approved the following resignations: Barbara Ejk, PVE monitor effective Sept. 26, 2011, wishes to remain on substitute monitor list; Megan Foust, PVI part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Sept. 1, 2011; Angenette Marbury, PVI part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Oct. 14, 2011 and wishes to remain on the substitute paraprofessional list.
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Linda Shivek, PVE paraprofessional associate, effective Jan. 31, 2011.
The board approved:
*Jill Yetter as 2011-2012 Jr. High Girls' basketball coach
*resignation of Meghan Feliciani as Jr. Honor Society Advisor for 2011-2012 school year
*Josephine Dyett-Fields, PVHS Diversity Club Advisor
*John DeVivo, PVHS musical assistant
*Meghan Feliciani, Jr. and Loretta Bretzger as Jr. Honor Society Co-Advisors, split stipend positions
*Lois Mann show choir adviser
*Whitney George, wrestling cheering adviser
*Baseball coaching positions-Karl Rentzheimer, head coach; Joe Anderton, varsity assistant; Mark Versuk, JV assistant; Charles Inserra, JV assistant
*Boys' tennis-Mark Allison, head coach
*Girls' soccer-Tim Hinton, head coach; Derek Strohl, varsity assistant; Jim Shoopack, JV assistant
*Softball-Steve Caffrey, head coach; Dan Beck, varsity assistant; Thomas Murphy, Jr., JV assistant; Christine Collaro, JV Assistant; Todd Urland, Jr. High assistant
*Track and Field-Mike Wertman, head coach; Wayne Davenport, varsity assistant; Drew Davis, varsity assistant; Michelle Piontkowski, varsity assistant; Woodrow Metzger, varsity assistant
*2011-2012 volunteer coaching/supplemental/non-athletic adviser positions-Jeremy Gigliotti, baseball; Ralph Weichand, boys' tennis; Alex Wunder, girls' soccer; Jeff Eberhardt, track and field; Chris Servian, wrestling; Lindsay Monks, wrestling cheering
The board approved the following contracts:
*Step by Step Leaning in the amount of $72,291.50 to finalize the project for 2011-2012 remaining training for 15 data leaders who will be taking over all work and training with kindergarten through 2nd grade beginning next school year. This amount will be paid from the Accountability Block Grant.
*Scholastic Education at $6,250 for basic product maintenance and support plan for PVHS, PVMS and PVI for one year service
*Simplex Grinnel at $1,565 for fire alarm repair
*KidsPeace National Centers, Inc. at $40 per hour for up to five hours a week for tutorial services for 2011-2012 school year
*Benmore Enterprises, Michael P. Straka at $725 for third grade assemblies on Rocks and Mineral at PVE, Polk and Chestnuthill Elementary on Feb. 22, 2012
*Michele Van Allen Assemblies, cost $1,075, for two fourth grade assemblies of "Pennsylvania Welcomes You" on Feb. 24, 2012*Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 at a cost not to exceed $1,800 for Train the Trainer Professional Development, amended to include one additional teacher
*Keystone Government Finance at a cost not to exceed $269,539.65, financed for four years. Annual payments will be $67,384.91 for districtwide Nortel switch replacements
The board approved the 2011-2012 budget for West End Park and Open Space Commission and support in the amount of $3,738, an increase of $122 from last year.