WALLENPAUPACK - Enrollment in the Wallenpaupack Area School District was down slightly over last year, as of the third day of the 2017-2018 school year. As of September 7, there were 3,035 students enrolled for class.

Superintendent Michael Silsby told the school board, Sept. 11, that this is only 24 less than one year ago. There were 27 in Special Education.

In June 2017 they had 3,015 students. Here is the enrollment as of Sept. 7, 2017 by grade:
K: 191
1st: 182
2nd: 214
3rd: 209
4th: 195
5th: 219
6th: 242
7th: 216
8th: 263
9th: 253
10th: 239
11th: 285
12th: 300.

Student achievements

Three of the outstanding seniors of the Wallenpaupack Class of 2018 were recognized by the school board, September 11th: Zane Blau, Giulianna Iona and Natalie Olsommer. President of the Board, John Spall, presented them with certificates of recognition.

Seniors are picked each month to be honored for their exemplary academics and utilization of extracurricular opportunities.

Several Wallenpaupack Area High School students were introduced, who excelled in recent months. These included students with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family Career & Community Leaders of America (FFCLA), who placed at the national level, and also five freshmen who attended a Leadership Conference in California. The FBLA team traveled to Anaheim, CA for the national competition, and FCCLA traveled to Nashville, TN for their event. The district board was thanked for allowing the expenditures to make the trips a reality, where students’ achievements were in the spotlight.

New teachers, nurses

Twelve new teachers and support staff, and two long-term substitute teachers, were introduced by Assistant Superintendent Keith Gunuskey, and were welcomed to the school district.

The new staff include:
Jessica Baton, High School Special Education/ Learning Support Teacher;
Ron Bayly, High School Automotive & Building Construction;
Dan Gardner, High School Special Education/ Emotional Support;
Leslee Klinkiewicz, North Intermediate School Nurse;
Ryan Kozich, Middle School Music;
Corey Lloyd, High School Health & Physical Education;
Jean Pettinato, High School Nurse;
Michael Phillips, High School & North Primary Physical Education & Health;
Ross Rosencrance, High School Culinary Arts;
Monica Vaidya, North Primary School Special Education;
Aimee Wentzel, High School Math;
Beth Wulff, High School Math;
Mark Van Acker, Long Term Substitute;
James Bryan, Long Term Substitute.

Three of them, Lloyd, Rosencrance and Van Acker, are Wallenpaupack alumni.

“Probably the most important thing we do in the district as a board is to hire the best people to work… We have our professional staff of course but that’s also true whether its a teacher assistant, a cafeteria worker, someone driving our school buses, maintenance workers, secretaries, whatever your position here in the district,” Silsby stated, “we’re all one team. Building the best team possible is our goal. What makes Wallenpaupack special, I believe, is we have great people working with our kids each and every day. It’s a safe environment, it’s a nurturing environment, maybe the best meal they had all day, maybe the best healthcare they could receive, a pat on the back, a smile - you don’t know what you can do each and every day to impact a child’s life.”

Strengthening Families

Gunuskey announced that the Strengthening Families program will begin in the Middle School on Sept. 26 and at the South Elementary School on Sept. 28. A $2,500 grant was received from the Greater Pike County Community Foundation and $2,000 from the Wayne County Health Foundation.

The program offers evidence-based family skill training, to improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, and improve social competencies and school performance.

Personnel

Crystal Pendell and Keisa Batres were approved as van drivers. Substitutes approved include:
Sara Cavanagh, Social Studies 7-12
Eleanor Kielty, Elementary, Early Childhood
Brittany Lent, Grades PK-4, Special Education PK-8
Allison Bluhm, Registered Nurse
Mildred Ferrara, Teacher Assistant
Denise Peterson, Secretary, Teacher Assistant, Cafeteria
Donna Scarpaci, Teacher Assistant
Barbara Dyson, English 7-12, Family & Consumer Science K-12, Library Science, K-12, Program Specialist ESL
Sandra Denney, Custodian.

Long Term Substitutes approved:
Dawn Krauter, Middle School ElA Teacher
Amie Kerr, North Intermediate School Teacher Assistant.

Guest Teachers approved: Karen Banini and Margaret Owens.

A letter of resignation was accepted with regret from Kevin Haughland, Middle School Music Teacher, effective Aug. 23, 2017.

Appointments approved:
Ron Bayly, High School Auto/Building Trades Teacher
Ryan Kozich, Middle School Music Teacher
Jim Kielty, High School Custodian.

John Guthrie was approved as a Yearbook Volunteer.

The next Wallenpaupack School Board meeting is set for Monday, October 9 at 6 p.m in the High School Library. A Committee Meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m.