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District approves second reading of dress code

Published November 17. 2010 05:00PM

Palmerton Area School District's revised dress and grooming policy continues to make strides.

The school board, on an 8-1 vote on Tuesday, approved the second reading and adoption of policy No. 221, Dress and Grooming. Director Susan Debski was opposed.

Last month, the board unanimously agreed to approve the first reading of the policy, to be enacted in the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent Carol Boyce previously said anyone with concerns about the current policy is to follow board policy No. 906, which is a complaint procedure that may be filed by community members who have issues with professional employees or administrators in the district.

In August, it was determined that students were to follow the current dress code as listed in the student handbook. That came after the school board's ad hoc policy committee in July made numerous revisions to the policy, which was then sent to district solicitor David Shulman for review.

Also on Tuesday, board President Barry Scherer acknowledged the gift of various maple trees for the junior high school that have been donated to the district.

Scherer said two maple trees were donated by the Beers' family, owners of Old Homestead Tree Farm of Kunkletown. In addition, Scherer said five were donated by he and his wife, June; as well as trees donated by Debski, Director Michael Ballard, Director Clarence Myers, and Denise Strohl, along with members of the junior high student council.

In other business, the board:

Approved Kathy McKeon as the high school Chorus director, effective Nov. 17, 2010, at the rate of $1,942 prorated for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year.

Approved the temporary increase from four hours to six hours per day for the secreteray to the facilities director, effective Nov. 8, 2010.

Approved the creation of the position of a one-on-one instructional aide, to be paid out of IDEA funds.

Approved the submission of PlanCon K to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Approved the renewal of insurance policies for $91,852 through Flanigan O'Hara Gentry & Associates, effective Nov. 12, 2010.

Approved the following Health and Math Department Curriculum courses: Health, grades 2-11; Senior Fitness; Middle Math Course 2; and Pre-Algebra.

Accepted the resignation of Teresa Roberts, German/ESL teacher, assigned to the high school, effective the last day of the first semester of the 2010-11 school year.

Accepted the resignation of Susan Gehris, elementary librarian assigned to S.S. Palmer/Parkside, effective Aug. 30, 2011.

Approved Andrew Remsing as the Plato Course Recovery Facilitator from Jan. 31, 2011, to the end of the 2010-11 school year at a rate of $28 an hour. There is no cost to the district, paid by student tuition.

Approved the removal of Cindy Grosso, no response to communications, from the substitute food service list, effective Oct. 22, 2010.

Approved the recommendation to add Marybeth Altemus, presently a substitute secretary; Janice Blose, presently a substitute instructional/non-instructional assistant; and Joise Sterling to the substitute food service list effective Nov. 17, 2010, at a rate of $7.25 an hour.

Approved Donna Bauer and Edward Anderson to be added to the substitute instructional/non-instructional list, effective Nov. 17, 2010.

Approved the addition of "Guest Teacher" personnel Anderson, Bauer, Kathleen Craigie, Ann Forresstal, Ian Horton, Roobhenn Smith, and Jeanine M. Villano-George to the district substitute teacher list effective Nov. 17, 2010.

• Approved the disability leave in conjunction with Family Medical Leave starting around Feb. 21, 2011, for around six weeks for professional employee $3412.

• Approved the second reading and adoption of policy #008 organizational chart.

• Announced the school board will hold its reorganizational meeting at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 7. A special meeting will follow at 6 p.m.

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