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Tamaqua Area once again to set uniform stipend at $25

Published August 11. 2010 05:00PM

Since it instituted a uniform dress code, the Tamaqua Area School District has also granted a stipend for qualifying students to purchase the required items of clothing.

The district's finance committee once again approved the stipend, in the amount of $25 per child, during its meeting Tuesday evening.

Tamaqua Area is once again using the guidelines for the free and reduced lunch program as the cut-off for financial assistance relative to the dress code.

Students belonging to a household with an income less than 130 percent of the poverty level, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Nutrition, would be eligible to receive the stipend.

In the past, the district has even provided a clothing bank of used uniforms for students who might be in need.

The stipend will be on the agenda for the school board's consideration at its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

In other business, the finance committee once again gave authorization for all of its booster clubs to hold lotteries on school property to award door prizes, such as in the case of 50-50 drawings, provided those clubs have obtained a Small Games of Chance license from the Schuylkill County Treasurer's Licensing Authority.

Booster clubs must also provide proof of such compliance with Athletics Director Michael Hromyak.

The district is once again looking to accept a $27,000 grant from the John E. Morgan Foundation to use to assist students to become better prepared for higher education, particularly Lehigh Carbon Community College, for which Tamaqua Area students qualify for a two-year scholarship from the Foundation upon their high school graduation.

Superintendent Carol Makuta said this would be the fourth year Tamaqua Area had received such a grant from the Morgan Foundation. The funds are applied at the middle school level to provide a half-day teacher to help in areas such as preparation for the Pa. System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests and concentrated on certain subjects.

"At the start, some students (headed at LCCC) needed some math and Composition I remediation, but we thought it would be better if we started earlier," said Makuta.

The finance committee also approved Makuta's recommendation to enter into a contract with Bayada Nurses for services on an as needed basis, at the cost of $50 per hour.

Makuta said Bayada would be used to supplement the district's current nursing staff as needed, such as with the immunization program.

The education committee voted to approve the request of Middle School Principal Christopher Czapla to purchase the textbook "Essential Elements for Guitar", at a cost not to exceed $323.82.

Makuta noted that instructor John Buglio is in the middle school and requested the text for a guitar lab he is offering to students. Buglio also offers a keyboard lab as well.

"In these trying times, we are adding to the curriculum," said School Board President Larry A. Wittig.

Makuta said cutting programs has never been a priority of the board, even in areas such as art and music.

The auxiliary committee approved a schedule of co-curricular salaries for 2010-11. Makuta noted the salaries included cost of living increases where applicable. The board will vote on the salary schedule at next Tuesday's session.

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