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Students thank PV school board for arts programs

Published October 03. 2013 05:00PM

Rebecca Anglemyer, a PVHS senior and president of the Drama Club; Lydia Shank, Musical Theater president; and Nathaniel Rhodes, a member also, presented a thank-you letter to the Pleasant Valley School District board of directors on behalf of the Drama Club and Musical Theater.

Anglemyer said, "We are here as representatives of Musical Theater and Drama Club of Pleasant Valley High School, the organization that has recently been nominated among the State Theater and the Sherman Theater as the best place to see a theatrical production. We would like to thank the school board and their efforts in supporting not only our statewide-recognized theater program but also all arts programs in the district.

"In our current position both in a new generation as well as a leading country, we focus on mathematics and technology. The practicality of math and English has become the keystone of education and the means through which progress is made: from PSSAs to Keystones to AP testing.

"It is the philosophy of the pioneers of our economy as well as the scholars of the education sector, however, that the academic fields alone do not create the pinnacles of our culture that propagate through our society.

"Without contributions and the continuance of programs such as theater, which educate ourselves not just on functions and figures, but on ideas of what it is, purely to be human and the human status, we could not see those of our peers who do best when they leave high school, and continue to better our society, not just Brodheadsville but Monroe County, Pennsylvania and the United States. In the words of another technological innovator, Paul G. Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, 'The arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.' Thank you for allowing us this moment."

In other business, the board approved the recommended PSBA officers candidates. The vote was 8-1 (Spinola/No): President-elect William S. LaCoff; Treasurer Otto W. Voit III; At-Large-Representative Robert M. Schwartz. The vote for Vice-president Charles H. Ballard was 9-0.

Pleasant Valley School Board member and treasurer, James Spinola was the one "No" vote in approving the treasurer's report. He took issue with Internet reimbursement and mileage reimbursement.

The board also approved, 9-0:

• the Western Pocono Community Library trustees for a three-year term to expire October 2016: reappointment of Christine Raughley: new appointment of Judith Leiding.

• request approval for PVSD to apply to the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference for full membership with all rights and privileges afforded to PVSD.

The following have been approved for hiring with a 9-0 vote:

• Daphne Arnold, substitute food service employee/custodian; Holli-Capricuso Register, substitute paraprofessional associate, new position at $20,331 prorated; Tabitha Echavarria, part-time paraprofessional associate at PVHS, effective Sept. 30, and substitute paraprofessional associate; Peter Gava, substitute custodian; Caitlin Harvath, substitute teacher/health and physical education; Stephanie Havansky, PVI monitor, substitute monitor/food service, replacement position for Rosemary Denis; Tammy Klein, part-time paraprofessional associate at PVHS, substitute paraprofessional associate, new position at $20,331 prorated; Rebecca Lucas, substitute teacher elementary/special education; William Mingel, temporary PVHS custodian, replacement position for Terry Heck; John Pepe, band equipment truck driver; Colleen Schmidt, part-time PVHS paraprofessional associate, new position at $20,331 prorated and substitute paraprofessional associate/monitor/secretary; Albert Veneziano, substitute courier/custodian/monitor; Diane Huber, substitute food service employee/monitor; Sharon Wawrzeniak, substitute food service employee/monitor; Stephanie Kramer, employee/monitor/part-time paraprofessional associate at PVE, substitute paraprofessional associate, $20,331, prorated, replacement for Colleen Baker.

The following has been approved:

• Greg Duff as seventh and eighth grade girls' basketball intramural adviser; Matthew Gould, seventh and eighth grade intramural adviser; Robert Petit-Clair, middle school ski club adviser; Ryan Liscinski, cross country volunteer coach.

• to discard of books from PVMS that are in unusable/poor condition and out-of-date.

• the 2014 WEPOSC budget for West End Park Popen Space Commission of $3,840.

The following contracts were approved:

• to Otis Elevator for maintenance of elevator equipment for $3,322.03, effective July 1, to June 30, 2014.

• Devereux at a cost of $4.15 per 15 minute increment at a 1-6 ratio for program services for 2013-2014 school year.

• Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab for $1,500 to provide workshops for the week of Dec. 3-6 at PVE and Polk Elementary.

Bear Walk on Thursday, Oct. 10 at PVHS, 5-7 p.m.

All seventh graders were offered a one-year free membership to the Pocono YMCA.

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