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Palmerton tables acceptance of Use of Facilities Policy

Published November 16. 2011 05:01PM

Palmerton Area School District has put the brakes on a motion to further along revisions to its Use of Facilities Policy.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, agreed to table acceptance of the second reading and approval of Policy #707, Use of Facilities, and #707R, Use of Facilities Regulations. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

Director Clarence Myers suggested the board table the motion because "the incoming board members should have a say on it."

Earlier this month, the consensus of the board was that community organizations that wish to use facilities in the district will not be charged unless custodial overtime is required.

At that time, the board agreed those organizations would not be charged a fee unless there is actual custodial overtime incurred during hours in which the district does not have regular coverage.

Revisions to the current policy are listed on the district's web site,

Also on Tuesday, the board - after much consternation - granted approval to Robert Palazzo and Meghan Garret to attend the NASP Annual Convention in Philadelphia.

However, the motion was approved with the contingency that the individuals who attend the conference agree to car pool at the request of Director Carl Bieling.

That came after the board heard impassioned pleas by several administrators after the board initially defeated the motion by a 6-2 measure.

Director Susan Debski originally said she was opposed because there were "people attending too many conferences", while Director Tina Snyder said she was concerned with "travel costs".

At that, Superintendent Carol Boyce made a recommendation to the board that it reconsider its stance on the matter, as did S.S. Palmer/Parkside Principal Mary Brumbach.

"I encourage you to approve this," Brumbach said. "The individuals [who planned to attend] are heavily involved in the elementary and secondary level."

The conference runs from Feb. 21-24, 2012, at the cost of about $1,024, to be paid for from IDEA funds.

In other business, the board:

• Approved change order number 001, Fourmen Construction Inc., project #1059010.009. The contract will be decreased by this change order in the amount of $3,072, and the new contract sum including this change order will be $15,953.

• Approved Mari Gruber to the day-to-day substitute Guest Teacher Program, effective Nov. 16, 2011.

• Approved Tammy VanBuskirk as a day-to-day substitute cafeteria worker at the rate of $7.25 an hour, effective Nov. 16, 2011.

• Approved disability leave, in conjunction with Family Medical Leave, beginning Nov. 16, 2011, for Judy Moyer, Instructional Assistant at S.S. Palmer Elementary. Her return to work date is to be determined.

• Approved disability leave, in conjunction with Family Medical Leave, beginning Oct. 31, 2011, for Ryan Heller, PE/Health Teacher at S.S. Palmer Elementary & Parkside Education Center. His return to work date is to be determined.

• Approved a resolution re-enacting, restating and amending the Earned Income Tax Resolution to establish conformity with the Local Tax Enabling Act as amended by Act 32 of July 2, 2008.

• Approved the donation of $610 for S.S. Palmer Elementary, and $354 for Parkside Elementary, for funds received during the Book Fair Penny Wars to be used to purchase books for the libraries at both schools.

• Accepted the gift of books from Director Michael Ballard to the S.S. Palmer, Parkside and Towamensing Elementary libraries.

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

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