The Intermediate Unit 29 School Board approved an agreement with Panther Valley School District for the providing of Title One services to students who attend non-public schools in Schuylkill County and reside within Panther Valley School Dstrict for the school year 2012-13 at a cost of $1,101.60, in action taken at its monthly meeting held at the Maple Avenue Campus in Marlin, Norwegian Township.

The board approved a contract with ReDCo Group, Pottsville, to povide evening GED classes to Workforce Investment Area to eligible county residents at a cost of $21,087.

The board approved an addendum to the agreement between Schuylkill IU 29 and the Luzerne County Community College to provide additional GED classes at the adult basic education level which requires the Lifelong Learning Center to provide basic remediation to an additional 40 students. The IU29 has received an additional $21,500 to provide these services.

The board renewed its lease with Empire Schuylkill, LP, Pottsville, for the Lifelong Learning Center housed in the Schuylkill Mall near Frackville retroactive to Jan. 1. The one year lease does not include rental costs but includes utility costs.

Other action

Payments were approved to local school districts for instructional services and supplies utilzed during the past December of the after school program by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort 6 grant.

Those receiving payments were, Minersville Area, $1,674.12; Pottsville Area, $6,964.05; North Schuylkill, $6,914.75; and Willilams Valley, $5,675.21.

Payments for January, Minersville Area, $4,809.72; Pottsville, $2,693.05; North Schuylkill, $11,295.76; and Williams Valley, $8,056.35.

Payments for the second quarter of 2012-13 school year were made to Saint Clair Area, $7,325.04; Williams Valley. 415,527.31; Shenandoah Valley High School and Middle School, $10,225 to each school; Pine Grove High School, $11,340.22; Pine Grove Middle School, $11,308.04; Mahanoy Area, $13,693; Schuylkill Haven Area, $8,124.84; and Tamaqua Area, $10,741.07.

In personnel matters the board accepted the resignation of Maureen Murphy, full-time secretary in the Special Education Department; Benjamin Mennig, Minersville, hired as full-time Behavior Interventionist at the Schuylkill Learning Academy at a salary of $24,000 per year to replace Jeff Jacavage who resigned; Amanda Sirkot, Weatherly, hired as a full-time one-on-one Behavior Interventionist at the Schuylkill Learning Academy for a Blue Mountain School District student at $24,000 annually; Ryan Wynosky, Minersville, hired as a full-time Mental Health Therapist at the Schuylkill Leaning Academy at salary of $24,000 annual to replace Kathrine McDonald, who resigned.

Also, Amy Friday, Pottsville, hired as part-time teacher aide in the Schuylkill Learning Academy at $8.75 per hour to fill a vacant position; Diane Kull, Pottsville, hired as a substitute bus aide for a wheelchair bus at a rate of $8.75 per hour; hired as substitute teachers were Amanda Frank, Mount Carmel; Heather Bondura, Minersville; Marcy Fetterman, Pine Grove; and Amy Houtz, Lost Creek, West Mahanoy Township; hired as substitute teachers for the Guest Teacher Program were Sandra Coombe, New Ringgold; Marcy Fetterman, Pine Grove; and for the Schuylkill Learning Academy and Preschool, Marcy Fetterman, Pine Grove, and Gary Keener, Schuylkill Haven; and Christine Kondrack, Pottsville, hired as a part-time as-needed practical nursing instructor.

One-on-one service contracts were approved with four local school districts, Mount Carmel Area for an appropriate multi-disabilities support class related to transportation; Blue Mountain Area and North Schuylkill, for a one-on-one behavior interventionist; and Minersville Area for a part-time one-on-one classroom aide.

Other personnel moveds included the hiring of Monna Baiocco, Pottsville, as a full-time second shift custodian at the South Campus of the Vocational Department at $11.10 per hour to replace Gary Hummel, who retired; hired Tara Roberts, Schuylkil Haven, as a substitute teacher and Barbara Shappell, Schuylkill Haven, as a substitute teacher.

The board accepted the bid of Garland and DBS Inc., for roof replacement at the Maple Avenue Campus at cost not to exceed $1,325,433.

Approved an agreement with the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Department for the purpose of North Campus Carpentry Shop students and instructors to construct a wooden storage cabinet for the sheriff's department. Materials will be purchased by Sheriff Joseph Groody and the cabinet will be transported by the courthouse maintenance staff.

Entered into an agreement with Hegins Park Association for the purpose of the North Campus carpentry students and instructor to construct six picnic tables for the park.The park will pay for the costs of materials and transportation.

Approved an agreement with the State Correctional Institution facility near Frackville in Ryan Township to assist in the event of a major emergency until normal operations restored at the facility by providing floor and cafeteria space and meeting rooms with the prison paying fees covering the services.

Entered into an agreement with Lincoln Education Institute, East Windsor Campus, Conn., to allow graduates of Schuylkill Technology Center, who are interested in pursuing education in automobile technology, collision, and repair and refinishing, diesel technmology, electrical technology, HVACR technology, motorcycle, and small engine and welding at the Lincoln Educational Institute .