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Pleasant Valley School District resident opposed to TIF loan for Alpine Rose

Published October 19. 2012 05:02PM

Eldred Township resident George Russell addressed the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors to speak out against the district backing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) loan for the building of a proposed motocross resort, Alpine Rose, in Eldred.

"I'm not opposed to tax incentive loans if they help the public. I'm not in favor of our tax money helping build a race track for wealthy men to drive their Ferraris on."

Chuck Leonard, the executive director for Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation, which operates Pocono Mountains Industries, the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority and the Pocono Mountains Industrial Park Authority, said the company is considering granting the TIF loan to the owner of the property who plans to build the motocross track.

"There is a great deal of confusion about the loan. Our goal is to inform the district about what we plan to do and invite you to select someone to be on the committee," Leonard said.

It was explained that a committee is needed with someone from all three of the taxing bodies involved with the proposed track, which would include someone from Eldred Township, the Pleasant Valley School District and Monroe County Commissioners.

Thomas Murphy, president of the PVSD board of directors, stopped Leonard and said that the district has not been invited yet to any committee.

Leonard said appointing someone to the committee will help get the process started, to which Murphy said that the district first needed something in writing.

President of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society, Norman Burger, addressed the board of directors and said that Chestnuthill Township will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2013. The 250th Anniversary Committee has been meeting since March to discuss how to mark the occasion. The committee would like to get the school district involved. One idea was for a contest for art students to design a logo. Another was for the committee to come into history classes/groups and talk about the history of the West End area. Another was if the committee could set up a table at the next Night of Unity with literature to help get the word out.

"We're also open to suggestions from the board, staff and students," he said.

Dr. Douglas Arnold, PVSD superintendent, said he will see that the word gets out to the district.

"We definitely want to be a part of it," he said.

Dr. Arnold reported that a food drive was held at the football game between PV and Pocono Mountain. Thanks to the efforts of the students' campaign, "Be a fan, bring a can," they collected 5,000 cans for area food pantries.

Pleasant Valley Elementary teacher Karen DePaul was given praise for the dozens of anti-bullying signs she made to hang in the school's halls and Dr. Arnold thanked her for her efforts.

Dr. Arnold said he received a letter from a PVI parent, thanking the teachers for the difference they made in their son's life.

In other business, the board approved, 8-0 (Harvey Frable was absent):

• transfer of Jasmine Williams, part-time paraprofessional associate, from Polk Elementary to PVI; and Faye Nicholas, part-time cafeteria worker from PVE to PVI

• hiring Lisa Costenbader (replacement for Lesylie Smith) and Barbara Partyka (replacement for Joan Brong) as part-time cafeteria worker at the hourly rate of $9.92 at PVE

• hiring of substitutes: Nicole Gesiskie, math; Tyler Hutta, music; Danielle Lindenmoyer, Gerald Petrozelli, elementary; Patti Radenhausen, early childhood; Heather Romeo, English; Angela Schwartz, Lori Zazycki, early childhood/elementary.

• the resignation of Charissa Derr, PVE, part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Sept. 28; Amanda Panuski, speech teacher, effective Nov. 20; Joanne Frankunas, PVE monitor, effective Oct. 19.

The board approved (8-0) the following for school advisers:

• Middle School Ski Club: Rob Petit-Clair

• MS Art Club, Drama Set Design, Musical Set Design: Robin Feerrar

• MS Computer Club: Heather Kleinle and Terry McDermott

• 2012-2013 winter Jr. High Cheering: Jackie Coursey (8th grade), Vivien Kloss (7th grade)

The board approved (8-0) the following for coaching positions:

• Assistant coaching: Boys' basketball, Dan Beck; Girls' Basketball, Varsity Chris Jarrow, JV Gena Orlowski, Freshman Matt Triolo; Wrestling, Varsity Keith Smith, JV Matt Getz, Junior High Jeff Merwine

• Volunteer coaching: Boys' basketball, Tom Kresge, Jr., Tom Kresge, Sr.; Wrestling, Chris Servian, Chris Merwine

• Spring head coaching: Baseball, Jeremy Gigliotti; Boys' tennis, Ralph Weichand; Track and Field, Robin Bok

The board approved (8-0) the resignations for girls' basketball assistant coaching from: Gena Orlowski, assistant varsity; Matt Triolo, assistant JV; Chris Jarrow, assistant freshman.

The board approved the following contracts in business management, 7-1 (Hoffman voted no):

• Letter of Agreement for Title I Services through Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 for services for St. John Neumann, cost $1,933 for instruction, parent involvement, professional development. Term of agreement shall commence on the first day of nonpublic instruction for the 2012-2013 and terminate on the last day of instruction for nonpublic school students for the 2012-2013 school year.

• $617 (no increase from last year) to CSI for preventive maintenance agreement for the intercom, master clock and TV distribution systems at PVHS

• $60,000 to ReDCo Group for in-school counseling services to be paid by Accountability Block Grant for 2012-2013 school year

• $2,583.50 to TAMS-Witmark Music Library, Inc. for royalty, rental and orchestration for three performances of musical work "Charlie Brown" to be held March 15, 16, 17 at PVHS

• the contract with First Student for pupil transportation services from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2018.

The board approved 6-2 (Hoffman and Spinola voted no): $800 for web development, hosting, and support for "The Bear Facts" school newspaper online.

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