Palmerton eyes renovations to weight room
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area School Board President Tammy Recker (back) accepts donations from Mary Jo King (front), president of the S.S. Palmer Elementary/Parkside Education Center Parent Teacher Organization, in the amount of $2,239.
Potential renovations to its weight room could cost Palmerton Area School District over $20,000.
Andrew Remsing, athletic director, told the school board on Tuesday that the goal is to update the weight room and make it more practical for all teams to use.
Remsing said the project would consist of the addition of new flooring, paint and cardiovascular equipment. The weight room would be open to all students, not just athletes, he said.
Costs would include $5,360 for a 1/2 rubber mat for the entire floor, 2,850-square-feet; $700 for paint and supplies; $2,250 for an Elliptical PS100; and $2,595 for a TreadmillPS100; for a total of $10,905.
Or, it could add a card reader for security access at a cost of $10,000, which would push the total to $20,905, Remsing said.
Remsing said the district would use the remaining $14,042.81 from its Save Our Sports money to pay for the project. If it were to do so, it would leave a deficit of $6,863, he said.
Superintendent Carol Boyce said the project would beef up security.
The matter will be discussed further at the board's Budget and Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 25.
Also on Tuesday, the board accepted the donations from the S.S Palmer/Parkside Education Center PTO in the amount of $2,239.
The donations came courtesy of $1,390 from the Palmer/Parkside Health & Wellness Program, and $849 for the Yearbook Advisor stipend.
Mary Jo King, president of the S.S. Palmer/Parkside Education Center PTO, said the $849 for the yearbook adviser stipend is something the PTO is "very passionate about."
King said the $1,390 for the Health & Wellness Program is to teach students in grades K-6 through presentations about health, nutrition and wellness.
She then thanked the board for the opportunity, and all its dedication to the community.
In turn, board President Tammy Recker reciprocated that thought.
"Thank you," Recker said. "We could not do what we do without the PTO."
In an unrelated matter, the board heard a presentation from Carbon Career & Technical Institute students Deirdre Gonzalez and Austin Rabenold.
Accompanied by CCTI Principal David Reabold, the students noted that Career & Technical Education Month was celebrated last month.
Career & Technical Education awareness is celebrated nationally in the month of February, and is a time for the students to show off their acquired skills and talents in their technical fields, especially during these times when recognition of more skilled employee are needed in the workplace, the students said.
As part of the celebration, students and their teachers were involved in various activities throughout the building and CCTI's sending schools, they said.
The students said there were various displays, games, special events, presentations, and guest speakers throughout the month.
Each week of that month, they recognized one of CCTI's sending schools by wearing their school colors and treating the students from that school district with an ice cream sundae, usually served by a board member, they said.
In addition, the students said each technical area proudly displays a project for all to see in the cafeteria. During lunch, students are at their displays to demonstrate, or explain to peers and faculty some of their skills.