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STAFF PHOTO/BROOKE WILLIAMS Two Elk Lake employees received the Lauretta Woodson Award at Wednesday’s schoolboard meeting. From left are practical arts teacher Sandra Swartley, Ellen Holdredge of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and support staff member Lydia Roman.

Elk Lake Assistant High School Principal John Warnero will take over as high school principal following the retirement of High School Principal Brian Mallory.

At Wednesday’s (April 17) meeting, superintendent Kenneth Cuomo said from now until June 30, Warnero will hold the position in an interim capacity.

On July 1, Warnero will officially take over the position at a salary of $90,000.

Warnero extended his gratitude to the board for the opportunity and said he drove up Route 29 from his hometown of Throop and came to Elk Lake 18 years ago.

Since then, he “hasn’t gone far.”

“It’s been home and it is a wonderful place to be,” he said. “I can assure my best efforts will be with the intentions of the Elk Lake district and this community.”

Since losing the high school principal put a heavier workload on Cuomo, the board amended his contract to allow for a maximum of seven vacation days to roll over into the following year.

Randy Schreckengast, a performance engineer with Johnson Controls, was present to discuss the district’s year-three savings summary from its efforts to save on energy costs.

Rebates per energy conservation measures for the district total $22,567.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a revised 2018-19 calendar, which establishes June 4 as the last day of school and June 8 as graduation day.

Board members acknowledged the retirement of the following individuals: science teacher Tim Woolcock, librarian Kris Morahan, special education teacher Ann Noldy, title I math instructor Laura Kipar, special education teacher Brenda McCauley and paraeducator Karen Cooper.

The board gave permission to advertise positions for two teachers and two paraeducators.

Compensation plans were approved for the elementary principal, business manager, assistant business manager, superintendent’s confidential administrative assistant, technology specialist, maintenance supervisor and assistant maintenance supervisor.

The board accepted a bid to replace windows in the high school this summer. The base bid is $78,926 with a project construction contingency of 10 percent, totalling $7,892.

Elementary principal Marc Weisgold said on April 3, faculty members received Stop the Bleed training from Geisinger, who donated supply kits to the district.

The Parent Teacher Organization, with the help of an anonymous donor, also put together emergency kits to disperse throughout the district.

The board approved one 2018-19 substitute addition, 2019 summer student workers plus additions and the 2019-20 support staff and professional interview committees.

Cafeteria prices will remain the same in the 2019-20 school year.

The board approved two bond payments for the JCI project, as well as a bond payment for the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center’s building project.

An agreement with Metz for 2019-20 remains the same, and board members also approved miscellaneous salaries and transportation salaries for 2019-20, as well as exonerations per capita.

The board also signed an agreement with Government Software Services, Inc., which prints its tax notice forms.

The board signed a dual enrollment agreement with Lackawanna College for the upcoming school year, which occurs annually with the college, as well as an agreement with the Graham Academy for an Elk Lake student who receives education there in Kingston.

This summer, Elk Lake will allow the Northeast Intermediate Education Unit to use its facilities for the iCreate STEM Summer Camp.

In the SCCTC portion of the meeting, SCCTC Executive Director Alice Davis said the center received a $2,500 donation from Claverack to benefit students traveling for Skills USA and Future Business Leaders of America competitions.

Ellen Holdredge from the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was present to give Lauretta Woodson Awards to practical arts teacher Sandra Swartley and support staff member Lydia Roman.

The board approved an emissions inspector certification agreement for the automotive shop, as well as the advertisement for CDL tester and teacher positions.

Compensation plans for the LPN nursing program coordinator and financial aid director were also approved.

The board approved a clinic nurse supervisor contract and the adult tuition rate for the 2019-20 school year. Most of the rates have stayed the same, but some have decreased because testing fees are down.