Sixteen years ago, security cameras were added to Wallenpaupack school buses. These are now antiquated Superintendent Michael Silsby told the school board, August 21.

WALLENPAUPACK - Sixteen years ago, security cameras were added to Wallenpaupack school buses. These are now antiquated Superintendent Michael Silsby told the school board, August 21. A new four-camera system has been installed, replacing the two-camera system.

He said these are a great benefit when investigating a problem on the bus. They can also track where the buses have been, speed, location,  when the red lights were put on and when brakes have been applied. This information can help resolve complaints about the operation of buses.

The superintendent said the district gets approximately six or seven calls a year from people who were driving behind a bus and claimed the bus driver was speeding.

Memorial playground

Excavating was starting that week for a new playground in memory of North Intermediate student Hunter Pedersen who died in May 2014 at the age of 10. The nonprofit organization, Where Angels Play Foundation, is organizing the playground; the district will direct funds that were intended for playground work.

Installation is planned, the weekend of September 23-24. Silsby stated that the would like to involve some of their high school students as volunteers to help set it up. In consultation with the family, the playground will have colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a sports team favored by Hunter.

Also discussed:

The only student to attend the Wallenpaupack school board meeting was one from Delaware Valley High School. Lucas Helms, of Matamoras and a Boy Scout from Troop 77, needed to attend a community meeting to meet a badge requirement. Helms is entering his freshman year. Construction has been underway across the school district and about 95% is complete. Projects include tennis court rehabilitation, a new football field, paving on the athletic track, new baseball field turf, a new storage building behind the North Primary School, brick work, HVAC work and other maintenance. Pay increases for certified teacher substitutes and guest teachers were approved for 2017-2018 school year.

Certified teacher substitutes will receive $105.00 per day and $63.00 per half day.

Guest teachers will receive $95.00 per day and $57.00 per half day.

This answered a question raised during Public Comment, by district substitute teacher Maria Hutchins, who was inquiring if there was any plan to raise the amounts. Silsby stated that they value the services their substitutes provide, and it getting harder and harder to find substitute teachers. He said they want to award the subs for their assistance they render to the district.

A second grant is being sought to pay for a sidewalk along Atlantic Avenue; the first grant application was not successful.

Personnel

Resignations were accepted with regret from:
Brad Gumble, High School Automotive Technology Teacher
Robin Scartelli, Girls’ Soccer Assistant Coach
Erin Zubrickas, Field Hockey Assistant Coach
Brett Buselli, Field Hockey Assistant Coach and Track & Field Assistant Coach
Terri Longhenry, High School Custodian
Nicole Chulada, North Intermediate School Nurse

New van drivers approved are Sherry Kresge and Thomas Malone.Stephen A. Liddy is a new bus driver. Approved as both van/bus drivers are Aneta Albano, Teresa Benetos, Timothy Bucksbee, Kristen Jensen, Lenora Mills, Michael Ruddy, Rachel Schaffner and Joseph Valatica.

Appointed as school nurses are Jean Pettinato, High School and Leslee Klinkiewicz, North Intermediate.

Others appointed include Michael Phillips, High School/North Primary Health & Physical Education Teacher; Rose Rosencrance, High School Culinary Arts Instructor; Fran Denniston, High School Teacher Assistant and Cecilia Carter, High School Secretary.

Substitutes appointed were Shannon Hanor, Elementary K-6; Nickole Kazes, Teacher Assistant; Kathy Mattern, Custodian; and Shelley Barker and Susan Hoch, both in the cafeteria.

MaryBeth Booth was appointed as a long term substitute for Aroa Petrillo, High School Spanish Teacher, for the 1st semester, 2017-2018 school year. Petrillo was approved for a child rearing leave for the first semester.

Mentors appointed include Angela Ey, Travis Ey, Kevin McCue and Mark Watson, April Hassling, Kristen Nalesnik, Mary Gilson, Suzanne Rowe, Lisa Theobald, Mary Ellen Olsheski, Daniel Granville, James McGinnis, Stephanie Campbell and Addie Brennan.

Mark Watson was appointed as chairperson, Career Technology Education Department.

Sharon Rouse was appointed as a Student Teacher

Guidance internships were approved for Sarah Halpin and Matthew Adelfio

Athletic Department

Athletic appointments include:
Grace Manzione and Ashley Wallace as assistant Field Hockey Coaches
Nathan Heinly as Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach
Travis Ey as Assistant Softball Coach
Aimee Wetzell as Assistant Coach for both Boys’ Tennis and Girls’ Tennis
Michael Phillips as Assistant Track & Field Coach.

Volunteer coach appointments include:
Beth Wulff - Volunteer Boys'/Girls' Cross Country Coach
Michele Walutes - Volunteer Boys'/Girls' Cross Country Coach
Matt Struck - Volunteer Boys' Soccer Coach
Michele Giblin - Volunteer Girls' Soccer Coach
Mike Brubaker - Volunteer Football Coach
Jeff Wentzell - Volunteer Football Coach
Carmine Gattuso - Volunteer Football Coach
Erin Zubrickas - Volunteer Field Hockey Coach
Bridget Simons - Volunteer Golf Coach.

The next Wallenpaupack school board meeting is set for Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m. Classes for 2017-2018 resume Tuesday, September 5th.