Tunkhannock Area School District CEO Shane Powers prepped the school board last Thursday on how the interest has been for the sale of two former elementary school buildings- at Evans Falls and at Mill City.
She said that half a dozen groups were interested in both facilities, and each building’s walk-thru allowed about an hour to ask questions, and look things over.
She said the next step is that bids on the buildings would be accepted until Oct. 4.
Powers expressed an interest in having the school board’s building and grounds committee meet to clarify how the process will unfold from this point forward, and the board agreed on a Sept. 24 meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Administration Building, 41 Philadelphia Ave. She noted later that on the B&G agenda on Sept. 24th will also be a discussion on a timetable for caring for the roofs of some of the district’s buildings.
TA Superintendent Heather McPherson gave a “Thank you” shout out to Powers and others who helped get the former elementary buildings ready for the walk-thrus.
McPherson also spoke to a concern about water quality at the Tunkhnnock Area Primary Center (formerly Roslund). Apparently one of the teachers had noticed a discoloration in some water coming out of a faucet on a Wednesday.
A decision was made to have the water tested and also provide bottled water to students. An all-call was made to parents of students at the primary center about the circumstances and that students would have available bottled water.
By Friday, she was happy to report, the results came back that showed negative results for bacteria, and the water had been cleared for use.
During the meeting, school board members: approved a slate of officers for election to serve the Pennsylvania School Board Association officers; approved a budget transfer of $25,000 and an expenditure of $80,430 for security cameras, bollards, and Safe School consultation fees; approved an agreement with the Children’s Service Center; approved a contract for physician services by Dr. Patrick Murray and dental services by the Rural Health Corp of NEPA. When this item came up, board member William Prebola said that coaches needed to inform the student athletes (and parents) in need of preseason physicals that Dr. Murray can schedule them in his office for $25.
The board also approved an overnight field trip for the eighth grade jazz band to Baltimore and Washington next May; and approved a memorandum of understanding about a truancy prevention program.
In the superintendent’s report, Stacey Powers was approved as a reading assistant at $15.65/hour for 5.5 hours a day; a list of volunteers was also approved
as were conference attendances by John Shaffer and Greg Ellsworth.