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Panther Valley saving $150K by refinancing bond issue

Published October 15. 2011 09:01AM

Refinancing a 2007 bond issue will save the Panther Valley School District about $150,000.

The board on Thursday agreed to refinance the bonds, taken out to help pay for the district's middle school.

In other matters, the board:

• Hired Steven Kachmar, M.A., Ph.D., NCSP, to provide a psychoeducational evaluation of a student for a sum not to exceed $3,500;

• Approved Kim Burkett as Culturefest adviser for $650;

• Appointed seventh grade reading teacher Pauline Davis as middle school newspaper adviser for $950;

• Denied a cafeteria workers Teamsters grievance;

• Contracted with Tutorial Services, Saline, Mich. as a supplemental education provider for eight elementary students at $1,554.45 per student for 30 hours of support (funded by Title I);

• Contracted with Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services, Tampa, Fla., as a supplemental education provider for one elementary student at $1,554.45 per student for 30 hours of support (funded by Title I);

• Approved an artist-in-residence program at the high school with the Allentown Art Museum for $1,600. The cost of the program is $3,200. the district received a $1,600 Arts in Education grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The program includes a 15-day residency of a local artist in the high school, who will team with Kim Burkett in the spring;

• Approved a partnership with Lehigh-Carbon community College to provide training for 20 teachers on the culture of poverty called "Beyond the Classroom walls" for $970. Each teacher will receive training for 1.5 days;

• Created a job description and created the position of Instructional Aide Special Needs/Disabled Student;

• Assigned the principals and disciplinarians to the duties of truancy officer in order to follow the magisterial guidelines.

• Accepted the resignations of full-time custodian Arthur Nace, effective Jan. 20, 2012 and part-time custodian Mary Williams, effective Dec. 16, 2011;

• Approved Lauren Holland of Summit Hill as a substitute teacher for the 2011-12 school year at $85 per day;

• Approved Lisa Turchick as a bus monitor, and Jeanne Knepper, Matthew Knepper and Denise Wargo as chaperones at the elementary school and Mary Reehl as a high school chaperone

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