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Lehighton Area School Board takes action on various topics

Published August 28. 2013 05:00PM

During a lengthy Lehighton Area School Board meeting on Monday evening that included two executive sessions to discuss two separate and distinct personnel issues behind closed doors, several agreements and contracts were approved.

These include:

• An agreement between LASD and EduLink, Inc. for PAETEP - an electronic teacher evaluation portal to be used by the school district to manage the teacher evaluation process for its teachers and supervisors.

The agreement represents the licensing fee to access the system. The cost to the school district is $3,998 for the 2013-2014 school year.

• An agreement between LASD and Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 to participate in the Technology Education Legal Pool Counsel consortium. This technology pool provides proactive strategies, training, and policies designed to prevent digital-age problems that can lead to liability. The cost to the school district will be no more than $900 for the 2013-2014 school year.

• A renewal of the Retirement Plan Compliance and Administration Services Agreement with TSA Consulting Group, Inc. to be compliant with IRS regulations.

• A contract between LASD and Lehigh Carbon Community College for the school district to supply meals to Carbon County SHINE (Schools and Homes IN Education) 21st Century After-School Program.

The program is held at Shull-David Elementary School and is administered by LCCC. LASD will be reimbursed $3.40 per meal served.

• A contract between LASD and Lehigh Carbon Community College for the school district to supply transportation to Carbon County SHINE 21st Century After-School Program.

LASD will be reimbursed through the grant for the difference between the state transportation reimbursement amount and the actual cost of the transportation.

• The Xerox copier contracts for the school district.

• An agreement between LASD and Lehigh Law Enforcement Officers Association, Inc. for security services at athletic events, school dances, homecoming, and graduation for the 2013-2014 school year.

School Board Director Dave Krause inquired about why local fire police are no longer going to be used for security at these events.

According to Director of Student Services & Facility Planning Kyle Spotts, he was contacted by the local fire police.

"They told me that their force is aging and would no longer be able to provide the security service for us," reported Spotts. He noted that costs will be slightly higher than they were in the past with the local fire police.

In other business, Lehighton Area School District Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver noted that teacher in-service days are being held all this week. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 3.

The next regular meeting of Lehighton Area School Board is scheduled for Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at LASD Administration Building, Conference Room A. The public is encouraged to attend.

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