District to hold 'yard sale' of school equipment
In need of school equipment?
If so, then Northern Lehigh School District could serve as a one-stop shop.
The district will hold a yard sale Oct. 21-22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district bus garage.
Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, told the school board on Monday that local community groups are invited as well "to do some fundraising."
Used desks/chairs, office furniture, filing cabinets, older partitions, cafeteria tables and book shelves are among the items that are for sale, Derr said.
Also on Monday, board President Edward Hartman voiced frustration over Gov. Corbett's proposed education reform package.
Specifically, Hartman signaled out vouchers and charter schools as the primary sources of his frustration.
"These people are downgrading the public school system," Hartman said. "They're simply not doing badly."
Further, Hartman said that while such a move might help larger schools in the Philadelphia area, it would result in no benefit whatsoever to Northern Lehigh.
"It just isn't right; it's wrong," he said. "Enough; get rid of the voucher nonsense."
In other business, the board:
• Approved the administrative transfer of Sharon Sherman from Bookkeeper II to Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools at a salary of $41,000 (prorated for the 2011-12 school year), effective Sept. 26, 2011.
• Approved the administrative transfer of Karen Beltz from Middle School Clerk Typist to District Office Clerk Typist at a salary of $33,869 (no change in salary) effective Sept. 26, 2011.
• Appointed Anthony Tulio, temporary vacancy replacement, as Slatington Elementary 6th grade teacher, replacing an employee on sick leave, at a salary of substitute teacher rate days 1-30, day 31 and beyond, $43,580 prorated (Step 1 Bachelors on the 2011-12 CBA Salary Schedule), effective Aug. 25, 2011, until physicians release of teacher to return to work.
• Accepted the resignation of Michele Miller, Slatington Elementary School Personal Care Aide, effective Sept. 30, 2011. Miller has accepted a position as a Medical Assistant for a locally physician group.
• Accepted the request of employee #4930 to take a Family Medical Leave beginning on Oct. 10, 2011, for her own medical reasons. She will be using 10 accumulated sick days, and upon conclusion of sick days, will then be requesting a Family Medical Leave. She plans to return to her current teaching position upon release from her physician.
• Acknowledged that teacher Jillian McMullen has completed the requirements per the Collective Bargaining Agreement that entitles her to a salary increase for the 2011-12 school year from Step 5B+24 to Step 5M.
• Approved Sharon Boyeson and Lori-Beth Guelcher as unpaid volunteer aides in the Peters and/or Slatington Elementary schools for the 2011-12 school year.
• Approved Joseph Bigley, Elementary; Adrian Bumbulsky, Elementary; Cynthia Fritzinger, Elementary; Jessica Gasper, Art; Robin Hersh, Early Childhood N-3; Michelle Krill, Elementary; and Benjamin Tkach, Elementary and Special Education, as substitute teachers for the 2011-12 school year at the 2011-12 substitute teacher rates as approved on the Supplementary Personnel Salary Schedule. Bigley, Bumbulsky, Gasper and Tkach are pending verification of missing documents.
• Approved Rosa George an Schelene Fritzinger as substitute cafeteria workers for the 2011-12 school year at the 2011-12 substitute rate as approved on the Supplementary Personnel Salary Schedule. Fritzinger is pending verification of missing documents.
• Approved Michele Miller as a substitute teachers aide for the 2011-12 school year at the 2011-12 substitute rate as approved on the Supplementary Personnel Salary Schedule.
• Agreed to send Scott Pyne to the Fall Institute, Journey to the Common Core Workshop on Oct. 27, 2011, in Harrisburg, with the cost of registration $145; travel, $56; lodging, $280; and meals, $25; for a total approximate cost of $380, to be funded from the Title IIA Budget.
• Agreed to send Karen Nicholas to the Fall Institute, Journey to the Common Core Workshop on Oct. 27, 2011, in Harrisburg, with the cost of travel, $86; lodging, $138; and meals, $25; for a total approximate cost of $249, to be funded through the Title IIA Budget.
• Authorized the superintendent to execute a letter of agreement for the 2011-12 academic year with the Adolescent Central Intake Unit to provide Student Assistance Program Assessment services. The Student Assistance Teams in the school district will use these services.
• Authorized administration to enter into a lease agreement with Xerox for the purchasing of seven new copiers. The copiers will be placed in each building office, middle school library and two in central administration. The new lease agreement will be $428 per month less than the district's current lease agreement, which equates to a savings of $5,136 per year. The district machines that are being replaced are six years old and are constantly being repaired.
• Approved a new agreement between the school district and the Assistant to the Food Service Director, effective Oct. 11, 2011, through June 30, 2012.
• Granted homebound instruction for a 12th grade student, Student No. 1290039, for five hours per week, effective Sept. 5, 2011, and continuing for an indefinite amount of time.
• Approved school board policy #620, Finances, Fund Balance, as presented after first reading.