The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday approved an Artist in Residency program with the Allentown Art Museum. The program includes a 15-day residency of a local artist in the high school this spring. The artist will team with teacher Kim Burkett.

The program will cost the district $1,920. The total cost of the program is $3,840. Of that, $1,920 will come from an Arts in Education grant.

In other matters, the board expelled an elementary school student for violating the district's weapons policy. The fifth grade student was expelled/suspended for 10 days, from Sept. 17, through Oct. 1. The student and parents waived their right to an expulsion hearing.

The board also approved a new contract and pay rates for Act 93 personnel (administrators), retroactive to July 1 through June 30, 1213.

The board also hired Krystle Tiedeman and John Horvath as high school academic coaches from Dec. 13 through May 21; Mary Dugan Figura and Thomas Ferrence as middle school academic coaches from Nov. 5 through April 19, and Donald McGorry and Melissa Gilbert as academic coaches at the elementary school from Nov. 5 through April 19. All will be paid $135 per day.

in other matters, the board approved the following substitutes at $85 per day: Ashley Guzinski, Shenandoah: Social Studies; Michael Kohan, Shenandoah, mathematics; Carina Stoves, Lansford, elementary; Kyle Parrish, Albrightsville, citizenship; and Heather Snyder, Weatherly, elementary.