The Tunkhannock Area School District will begin taking bids on the purchase of the Evans Falls and Mill City Elementary School buildings on Aug. 19.
The school board voted 6-1 on a resolution for the next step in the sale of two buildings that ceased to operate as elementary schools after the end of the 2017-18 school year.
School board member William Weidner said he voted no on the resolution because “I believe we could have done more diligence” in getting them ready for market. Board members Bill Prebola and Bill Swilley were not at the meeting.
TA chief operating officer Shane Powers explained that both school properties would be sold in ‘as is’ condition and the window for public purchase is from 9 a.m. on Aug. 19 to noon on Oct. 4, with bids to be accepted at the administration building. They will remain sealed until the bidding process is over.
She announced that there would be a public walk-thru at the Evans Falls school building on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at Mill City on Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Powers explained there is a deed restriction that there cannot be conducted on the property a charter school, and the board reserves the right to reject any or all bids. She added that a number of deed items would appear on the school district’s website after the night’s resolution passed.
Although the last day for the acceptance of bids is Friday, Oct. 4, Powers said she did not expect the school board would make a decision on them any earlier than the following Thursday’s school board meeting, Oct. 10, but that was their decision to make.
On Thursday, the board also agreed to a dual enrollment agreement with Lackawanna College; and signed off on a settlement agreement and release with student #3353647503.
The board gave its support to all of the items in the superintendent’s report, including
*a resolution to approve the resignation of elementary teacher Anna Longstreet;
*a resolution to approve the resignation of kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Goodwin (Quinn);
*a resolution to change Jason Azarovich’s move from Intermediate Center Principal to a classroom teaching position (he will remain as principal until Aug. 31);
*a resolution for the appointment of extracurricular (Noah Stretch as girls’ soccer asst; Kathleen Wisnosky as eighth grade girls field hockey; and Samantha Stephens as 7th grade girls field hockey); advisers (FBLA and SkillsUSA-Jason Keown; FFA-Steve Traver; FCCLA-Claire Kilker; Sr.Class-Angie Burke; Jr. Class-Fiorillo Tommasina; Soph. Class-Sam Cyphers; Fresh. Class-Katie Wisnosky; 8th grade-Lance Montross; NHS-Ellyn Harvey; Newspaper, Student Council and Yearbook-Staci Wiernusz; Robotics-Scott Howell; Student Council asst.-Cindy Klein); and co-curricular positions (Dramatics head-Jeremy Kemmerer; Play asst.-Hannah Merkh; Musical asst.-Amanda Goglin; Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Strings, Pit Orchestra-Ken Luckey; Dramatics accompanist-Jennifer Geary; Vocal Director-Jill Kemmerer; Drama/Musical Choreographer-Ryan Holdredge; Marching band asst-Kevin Kreinberg; Chorus head, Marching Band Drumline asst- Tara Kasperowski; Marching Band musical asst-Molly Murphy; HS Auditorium Tech for sound and lighting, Marching Band Choreographer-Jeff Howell.)
*a resolution to approve extra hours for Jaime LaChase to assist the transportation director;
*a resolution to appoint support staff substitutes (Jacquelyn Butler, Linda Coolbaugh, Mary Lou Franko, Robin Harvey, Ginger Howell, Lori Kojtek, Heather Mateus, Crystal Meyers, Leigh Powell, Arlene Price, Laurie Slusser, Christine Steiner, Lynda Swenson, Stephanie Tague, Allison Theobald, Vicki Tupper, Susan Vangasbeck, and Donna Westfield);
*a resolution to approve a volunteer list (Mario Alvarez/Campos, Shana Gregory, Tracy Gregory, Heather Mateus, Denise Robinson, Valerie Valvano, Carole Wojnarski; and Michael Majnarski);
*a resolution to approve conference attendances of Michelle Knoebel and Mary Gene Eagen.
Superintendent Heather McPherson said everything was moving smoothly to the first day for students on Aug. 26.
“We’ll be ready,” she said. “But, if something comes up and it all doesn’t work quite right on the first day, we’ll address it and be ready the next day.”
John Burke, of the business and finance committee, announced that before property taxes had arrived, the gas lease account fund balance had been dipped into to cover expenses. Powers said when tax revenues come in, the money would go back into the gas fund balance.
Although there was no ‘unfinished’ business in the board’s public agenda, board member Holly Arnold said she was curious to know what the board’s feeling was about drafting a statement regarding a proposed sand plant coming to Tunkhannock Township.
There was discussion with Board president Phil Farr wanting to hear input from Prebola who was absent, and Rob Parry expressing it was still early in the process and maybe other matters such as a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT might make the process moot.
Board member Lori Bennett made a motion for a preliminary vote on the matter, but it failed for lack of a second.
Arnold asked for something regarding the sand plant be identified on the next board meeting agenda.