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Board eliminates a first grade, adds new fifth grade

Published June 20. 2013 05:03PM

The Panther Valley School Board approved a number of actions at a public meeting recently.

They included eliminating one first-grade classroom and creating an additional fifth-grade classroom. The move resulted from changes in enrollment, and included the transfer of a first-grade teacher to the new fifth-grade classroom.

The board also eliminated a disciplinarian position, and created three library aide positions one each at the high school, middle school, and elementary school for 5.5 hours a day.

In other matters, the board accepted the resignation of truancy officer Gail Yasson and assistant softball coach Raymond Trevorah.

The board hired Jennifer Bensinger as a full-time permanent high school social studies teacher at $35,085; and Kayla Field as a permanent part-time high school computer technology teacher at $18,322.

Also on Thursday, the board approved Donald McGorry as a short-term substitute physical education teacher at the middle school, retroactive to May 13, and to continue until the end of the 2012-13 school year, at the rate of $135 per day.

The board also retained The Nutrition Group to manage the cafeteria. The one-year contract, with an option to renew, guarantees a loss of no more than $17,562.97.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the sale of three Coaldale properties by the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau: 226 W. Ridge St., owned by Dennis R. Koch Jr., with a proposed bid of $3,900; one at 135 E. High St., owned by Lottie A. Day and Leslie A. Day, with a proposed bid of $2,500; and one at 104 W. Moser Ave., owned by John Goida, with a proposed bid of $850;• Approved exoneration requests for a total of $7,410 in per capita taxes and a total of $76,375 in occupation taxes for the 2012 tax year;

• Ratified the Ametek Foundation Grant proposal of $48,550 to support the 100 Book Challenge program for the 2013-14 school year.

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