The Panther Valley School District is spiffing up its assets.
On Thursday, the board hired JP Smith Contractor, of Glenside, Montgomery County, to sandblast and paint four stadium light standards at a cost of $16,400. It also hired Radocha Excavating of Coaldale to repair drainage on the south side of the high school at a cost of $7,600, and to repair parking lot damage at the middle school for $4,600.
In other matters Thursday, the board:
*Accepted the resignation of Head Track Coach Francis O'Gorman;
*Approved a new concussion policy and procedure, to be managed by OAA Orthopedic Specialists medical staff;
*Approved the sale of a property at 70 First St., Coaldale, by the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau for $900;
*Noted that the school district has received $737,576 in gambling revenue. The money will offset property taxes for each district property owner by about $210 each. School Director David Hiles said the amount was too small.
"Everybody in Panther Valley should be insulted," he said.
*Approved a revised student handbook for the 2012-2013 school year. The driver's education course was removed from the handbook;
*Tabled motions to immediately end the suspension of a teacher who filed a grievance, and who has been suspended without pay since, and to have the business manger contact the IRS to ask how the district should handle personal use of school district vehicles. Board president Jeff Markovich said the business manager has already researched the matter, and the district's policy will continue as is;