Managing EditorContinuing their tradition of honoring top seniors, Wallenpaupack Area School Board held their first meeting of the 20012-2013 school year with three students in the spotlight.?At the meeting Sept. 10 were seniors Jake Brown, Corey Schmalzle and Cameron Wolfson. Superintendent Michael Silsby stated this was the highlight of the board meeting, to recognize the fruit of their efforts. He applauded the seniors for taking advantage of the opportunities the School District provides, and noted the essential support given them by their families.?Each are National Honor Society students.?Brown, the son of Kathleen Allen and Michael Brown, has been active as Class President and on the basketball team. He is still deciding his major but plans to pursue a four year college or university.?Corey Schmalzle, son of MaryHelen and Randy Schmalzle, has been active in the Scholastics Team, Rocketry Club, Engineering Team, Cross Country Team and Track and Field. He hopes to study Aerospace Engineering and potentially work for Boeing or NASA.?Cameron Wolfson, son of Maggie Casola and Erik Perez, has been actively involved in Football, Baseball and as a volunteer coach for Wallenpaupack Youth Baseball. He has also been Class President and Vice-president. He hopes to pursue Business, Marketing or Sports Management at a university.New teachersThree newly hired teachers were also introduced to the School Board. They are David Heckman, Business Communication Information Technology teacher at the high school; David Hamill, who is teaching Fine & Practical Arts at the high school, and Shaun Stuart, who has started teaching music at the middle school.?Superintendent Silsby stated that with the economic climate and declining enrollment, the School District has not replaced 35 and a half positions in the last three and a half years, as personnel resigned or retired. When a teacher or other staff member leaves, the position is evaluated to decide whether to absorb the duties with existing personnel, or if the position needs to be filled.?He said this the first time in three years that they have hired new teachers. The Middle School and High School, he said, have not seen as much of an enrollment drop. “These teachers bring a wealth of experience,” Silsby said, and represent the School District’s best resource, after their students.Other business• Schools opened on time, Sept. 5, despite a delay this summer in starting the geothermal wells. The district-wide energy project is gong very well, said Silsby. A temporary chiller system is in place at the High School, Middle School and North Intermediate, pending completion of the geothermal wells. Fine tuning of the system is being done after school hours. McClure Company is the contractor for the $12 million upgrade.?• Enrollment is down by about 50 students from June 2012. Enrollment as of day three, by grade:?Kindergarten 194; 1st 211; 2nd 198; 3rd 233; 4th 235; 5th 235; 6th 266; 7th 276; 8th 278; 9th 333; 10th 290; 11th 315; 12th 331. Special Ed: 27. Total: 3,422. Silsby said that Kindergarten enrollment grew significantly in the last couple weeks before school began, bringing the kindergarten number to about last year’s level.?• Substitutes approved: Jason Bowman, Health/Phys Ed; Julie Cheripko, Elem Early Childhood; Walter Pittenger, Elementary; Robin Riebel, Biology/Earth & Space Science; Christine Roberts, Elem Special Ed; Amanda Hager, Elem Math/Special Ed; Shayna Tunis, Social Studies/English/Citizenship; Rebecca Bocker, Art; Jack Morton, Health/Phys Ed; James Winagle, Art; Donna Feely, Secretary/Teacher Assistant; Donna Pettite, Teacher Assistant.?The next board meeting is on Monday, October 8 at 6 p.m. at the High School Library. There is a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m., which is also open to the public.