Hope Smith, president of the Pleasant Valley Youth Association (PVYA) addressed the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors. She told the board that the PVYA submitted a proposal to Jake Percey, PVSD athletics/activities director, requesting PVSD to consider forming a lacrosse team.
Eric Batstone, PVYA lacrosse coach, told the board that in 2009 the PVYA started a boys' lacrosse team followed by a girls team. To date, they have over 130 children from ages 6-13 involved. He is hoping Pleasant Valley would be able to begin a school lacrosse team in the 2014-2015 school year, stating that they would have enough players for a team with several years' worth of experience.
Toni Bush, PVYA's lacrosse commissioner told the board that lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States. As of yet, there are no other teams in Monroe County.
"Pleasant Valley is already known as a progressive school district. Let's be the first," she said.
She showed the board a book containing 1,400 signatures supporting a lacrosse team for PVSD.
Lorri Kajetzke, a parent, said she thought it was a fabulous thing and if PV started a team, it would mean the world for the kids and the parents.
Donna Steo said her son is a freshman and would love to see him be able to continue playing the sport.
Ilyia Picca said that lacrosse has become her youngest daughter's saving grace. She loves the sport so much, she wants to be able to incorporate it in her college career, but it would need to be a sport at Pleasant Valley.
One of the members of the PVYA girls lacrosse team said playing lacrosse gives her an adrenaline rush because it is such a fast-paced game
Another said she liked the game because she had tried playing softball, volleyball and basketball, but this was the first sport she could really get into.
Thomas Murphy, school board president, said he appreciated the comments and looked forward to hearing from Mr. Percey.
"PVYA is a great asset to the community. We will look into it," he said.
During the meeting the board presented Anthony Fadule, PVSD's assistant superintendent, with a plaque expressing the district's appreciation for his many years of service, in observance of his retirement as of Sept. 16.
"You will be sorely missed," said Murphy.
"It has been an honor and a privilege," said Fadule.
Fadule has been with the district for 28 years. He was hired by John Nye in 1985 and has worked with five of the district's six superintendents, John C. Mills being the only one he did not work with.
In other business, the board approved, 8-0 with board member Harvey Frable absent:
Ÿ hiring Rebecca Martini as long term seventh-grade reading substitute teacher at PVMS at a prorated salary of $40,900, to continue Michele Antolick's assignment through the conclusion of the 2013-2014 second marking period;
Ÿ hiring Marsha Bagosy as part-time paraprofessional associate at PVHS, effective Sept. 25, $20,331, prorated;
Ÿ hiring Barbara Bard as a substitute monitor/monitor at PVHS, effective Sept. 9 at $8.92, as a replacement for Elsa Henn;
Ÿ hiring Holli Capricuso-Register as a new position part-time paraprofessional associate at PVHS, effective Sept. 12, at $20,331, prorated;
Ÿ hiring Charles Tomori as a computer technician, effective Sept. 16 at $31,819, prorated, as a replacement for Alex Sterenchok;
Ÿ the transfers of custodians Leticia Trepiccione from PVHS to PVE and Diane Wicknick from PVE to PVHS;
Ÿ the tenure of teachers Jessica Colon, Christianna Johnson, Jeffrey Lazowski, Patrick Murphy, Lauren Travis and Julie Lynn Weiss
Ÿ the resignations of Angela Frantz, PVI part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Aug. 26; Regina King, PVI part-time cafeteria worker, effective Aug. 27; and Suzanne Relosa, substitute monitor/food service employee/paraprofessional associate, effective Sept. 6;
Ÿ Kathy Dekmar as PVMS Builder's Club adviser; Francesca McCutchan, PVHS Key Club Advisor; and Kenneth Palmer, assistant stage manager;
Ÿ 2013-2014 assistant coaching positions: Cory McKeever, Jr. High field hockey; Chris Jarrow, varsity girls' basketball;
Ÿ fall/winter intramural advisers: Charles Inserra, fall weight training; Laura Ammermann, winter third and fourth-grade Ski Club; and Justin Micklos, fall wrestling
Ÿ to discard textbooks from PVI
In a 7-1 vote, the board approved the purchase of new math and reading materials totaling $25,830.95 to be paid through ABG funds. James Spinola voted no.
Under business management, the board voted, 8-0:
Ÿ $21,000 to the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. for Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Intervention Services in effect from Sept. 30, 2013-May 30, 2014;
Ÿ $3,832 to Chesapeake AED Services LLC to purchase two AEDs and carrying case;
Ÿ $140/day to the Graham Academy for classroom instruction of speech, occupational and physical therapy at $100 per hour. Effective Aug. 26 and expires June 30, 2014;
Ÿ $2,580 to Music Theatre International for license for production of "Annie", three performance rights, rental package, additional month rental, security fee, additional rental, rehearscore;
Ÿ $363.97 to Playscripts, Inc. for production of "Pride and Prejudice," three performance rights, standard edition scripts, shipping and handling;
Ÿ estimated $1,629,389.87 to Colonial Intermediate Unit #20 Special Education contract for the 2013-2014 school year for special education services. Final reconciliation of the charges is to be made by Aug. 2014;
Spinola encouraged everyone in attendance to research legislative HR76 because it will effect this school district.
He referred to an incident between himself and school board director Harvey Frable that he says occurred in the parking lot several months ago after a school board meeting. He made a motion to have the board send a letter to Frable, to say that kind of behavior is not acceptable.
Director Steve Borger agreed that misbehavior like that should not happen but Murphy said that no one else on the board saw the alleged altercation and doesn't think they should involve themselves in the matter. Spinola said there was a witness which is in the public record. There was no second for the motion and it died.
Spinola said that he has had people tell him that they thought there should be more discussion between the board regarding board attendance, personnel issues and agenda items at the public meetings. He submitted this to Carole Geary, PVSD superintendent.