While the regular school year for Tunkhannock Area is unfolding with mostly business as usual with a few interruptions from snow days and the like, the Tunkhannock school board got a bit of an update Thursday night on the consolidation process leading into the next school year, 2018-19.
Kelly Carroll, who serves as executive director of school consolidation for the district, gave an update of where things were headed.
She spoke of a seventh grade parent survey, and concerns they have when eighth grade becomes part of the high school during the next calendar year.
Carroll acknowledged a 2018-19 consolidation web page will be created on the Tunkhannock Area School District’s website at www.tasd.net, and a February timeline would be added in the near future to the two already there.
Her office has been identifying resources including fixed assets currently at all of the school buildings across the district, and is working on some logistical objectives such as parking at Roslund when it becomes a primary center and parent pick up at the Middle School when it becomes the district’s intermediate center.
Carroll said she has compiled inventories and established retail values for such things as copiers, and has been collecting and distributing curriculum inventories.
She is also inventorying memorials/memorabilia at Evans Falls, Mill City and Mehoopany schools.
She is planning a transition survey for students in grades 2-7 next year and will submit it soon for board approval.
Carroll noted there is a community garden at Evans Falls, and the present thinking is to bring the concept into Tunkhannock when Roslund becomes the primary center next year.
She is continuing to compile resource lists and meet with PTOs across the district, and is planning a district-wide transition day to include grades K-8.
Board member Holly Arnold asked about elementary school libraries’ consolidation and Carroll said, “We are working on that.”
Arnold also asked about making sure the district was on track with all of its notifications to the state Department of Education and Superintendent Heather McPherson said assistant superintendent Mary Gene Eagin “is on top of it.”
Board member John Burke asked about big picture processes and if Carroll could sense any issues “most at risk.”
Kelly said, “I think we need definite timelines for construction” where upgrades have already been identified, and make sure they get followed.
Asked about bus schedules to make sure students’ bus rides were under an hour, McPherson said “We don’t have all of them done yet, but are working on it.”
Also during Thursday’s meeting, the board members individually cast a Luzerne Intermediate Unit election ballot, and identified what they wanted in a 2018-19 fuel oil bid. They also approved a resolution regarding disposal at the high school of obsolete/broken band equipment, auditorium lights and sound equipment.
Under unfinished business they approved a second reading of school board policy No. 251 addressing homeless students.
On the superintendent’s recommendation, the board approved resolutions for the retirement of Middle School custodian Mary Harvey, the resignation of paraprofessional Robert Barkley, and approved overnight field trips of Ken Luckey at the PMEA Band Festival Feb. 22-24, and Jason Keown at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.
They also approved extracurricular appointments including Mark Stroney as head boys soccer coach, Justin Muthler as head girls tennis coach, Randy White as head boys/girls cross country coach, Brittany Wood as head football cheerleading coach, Andrew Neely as head boys/girls golf coach, Scott Zaner as assistant boys baseball coach, Zach Migliori as junior high boys baseball coach, Mike Franza as 7/8 boys baseball coach, Ron Hampsey as assistant softball coach, Mike Marabell as junior high girls softball coach, and Kelly Wynne as assistant girls track coach.