Tamaqua Area School District was one of five districts to receive payment from the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board for instructional services and supplies utilized during the first month of the 2012-13 after-school program. The action was authorized by the IU board at its monthly meeting held Monday evening in the Maple Avenue Campus in Norwegian Township.

Tamaqua received $3,568.03. Other districts receiving payments were, Saint Clair Area, $6,808.62; Schuylkill Haven Area, $3,614.49; Pine Grove Area Middle School, $2,466.86, and Pine Grove Area High School, $1,435.42; and Shenandoah Middle School and Shenandoah High School, each $12,531.

Other business

The board announced it is seeking applications to hire a business specialist for the Schuylkill Technology Center and Schuylkill County School Employees' Health and Welfare Fund.

The applicant must have an associate degree in accounting/business or equivalent experience; minimum five years background and experience in accounting operations; proficiency in technology, including a working knowledge of microsoft office products and ability to deal effectively and professionally with team members.

The board hired Steve Mazur, Frackville, as the site manager and heavy equipment instructor at the Schuylkill County Airport effective Dec. 10 at a salary of $61,000 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Albert Gurka.

Dr. Diane M. Niederriter was rehired as its executive director extending the contract from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2017.

Other hirings included: Alretta Schwenk, Auburn, was hired as Early Intervention Service Coordinator in the Early Intervention Program at $53,891 per year; Barbara Merwine, Ashland, hired as school nurse at the Maple Avenue Campus at $64,869 per year; Nina Bindie, Shenandoah, hired as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator at $52,262 filling a vacancy left by the retirement of Carol

Green. Bindie was formerly the full-time speech therapist in the program; Larissa Borzok, Frackville, hired as an Occupational Therapist in the Early Intervention Program at $40,000 per year; and Laura Rice, Schuylkill Haven, as substitute speech therapist in the Early Intervention Program at $245 per day as needed.

Also, Alissa Hoffman, Ashland, hired as part-time teacher aide in Saint Clair at $9.25 per hour; Cynthia Jordan, Auburn, as part-time teacher aide in the Maple Avenue Campus Autistic Support Program at $8.75 per hour; Christine Fleisher, Pine Grove, as part-time teacher aide at Pine Grove at $8.75 per hour; Kim Wickersham, Shenandoah, and Christine Fleisher, Pine Grove, hired as substitute teacher aides at $8.75 per hour; Jaclyn Hoffman, New Ringgold, and Frank Campton, Middleport, as substitute bus aides at $8.75 per hour; Shyann Katz, Auburn, as part-time teacher aide at Schuylkill Technology Center, at $8.75 per hour; and Kim Wickersham, Shenandoah, as part-time teacher aide at Schuylkill Technology Center-North Campus, at $8.75 per hour.

Betz re-Elected

The IU school board re-elected all current officers.

They are Robin A. Hetherington, North Schuylkill School District, president; Fred Cicero, Saint Clair Area, vice president; Robert Betz, Tamaqua Area, secretary; and Scott Jacoby, Schuylkill Haven Area, treasurer.

The board accepted a grant of $2,150.08 from the Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation, Music Matters Grant for 2012. The grant will provide music program with a skoog and laptop to run the program.

The board approved a $15,000 expenditure for the Artist in Education Program provided by the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. The program is available for all schools in the IU district.

The board accepted the proposal of American Appraisal Associates Inc., of Wrightown, for reappraisal of the buildings, permanent fixtures, furniture, and equipment, services for tagging, annual update and fixed asset control software at a cost of $2,900 to the IU, and $3,850 to the Schuylkill Technology Center.

A letter of agreement for the Schuylkill County Common Pleas Judicial proceedings and administration functions as an alternate site from which they could operate on a temporary basis in the event of an emergency.

Approved was an amendment to the 2011-12 Title II Part A Grant in amount of $69,294 to support a hybrid learning project for Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Approved a marketing agreement between the Schuylkill IU and Teachscape that allows the 12 member school districts to purchase Teachscape products at discounted pricing. These products will assist school districts as they implement the new PA Teacher Effectiveness Model.

The IU entered into a renewal of affiliation agreement with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program for 2012-13 school year.

Also, the board entered into a contract with Charles Orth, Ashland, to provide an annual fire safety course for the preschool/daycare staff at cost of $325. The training is required by the Department of Public Welfare as part of its licensing process.

The board also entered into an agreement with Brightbill Body Works, Lebanon, for a three-year lease for two 2011 nine passenger vans at cost of $54,100.

The board entered into a clinical education experience agreement with Misericordia University College of Health and Sciences for next school year.