With only one “snow day” left, Wallenpaupack School Board, Feb. 12 agreed to schedule classes for President's Day, Monday, Feb. 19, to free up another day in case winter storms are still on the way.

WALLENPAUPACK - With only one “snow day” left, Wallenpaupack School Board, Feb. 12 agreed to schedule classes for President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19, to free up another day in case winter storms are still on the way.

Superintendent Michael Silsby  said that if this is not enough, they can still take the Friday and Monday surrounding Easter, for classes and gain another two days. Any additional need for school cancellations would require the scheduled end of school on June 15 to be extended.
It didn’t take long to use the next snow day. Classes were cancelled for Wednesday, February 14 due to ice!

Governor’s budget

Governor Wolf recently released his 2018-2019 budget proposal, which he said reaffirms his commitment to public education and skill training.

This calls for a:
$100 million increase in Basic Education;
$40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;
$20 million increase in Special Education;
$15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and
$10 million for Career and Technical Education.

Silsby stated if the proposed budget were approved in full by the Legislature, Wallenpaupack Area School District would receive an additional $13,048 for General Education and $18,110 extra for Special Education, for a total increase of $148,358.

The state Living to Learn grant, used for the kindergarten program, would remain at $307,524.

Silsby expressed hope that the these numbers would be a “minimum” increase of what the district can expect, once the final budget is passed (which is due by June 30).

Also discussed:

Four seniors were honored for their academic performance and utilization of extracurricular programs. There were Lauren Higgins, Samantha Killiany, Robert Opalecky and Jenna Scoenagel.

Enrollment as of Feb. 1, 2018 stood at 3,014.

A proposal from Hummer Turfgrass Systems Inc. totaling $372,132, to renovate the soccer fields, was approved.

A proposal from M.E. Soden Inc. for $19,400, for excavation, was approved.

Personnel

Darlene McCloud and Angela Pesola were approved as van drivers.

Three probationary cafeteria employees were approved for full-time: Karen Fylstra, Middle School; Mary Langille, South Elementary (part time) and Paula Sciarrino (North Intermediate (part time).

These substitutes were approved: Diane Dean, North Primary 1st grade teacher; Amy Jones, South kindergarten teacher; Ann Marie Miller, North Intermediate 4th grade teacher; Shaun Stuart, Middle School music teacher; Marvin David, Middle School custodian; James Quiles, High School custodian; Misty Tuite, North Primary Teacher Assistant.

Guest teachers approved: Jessica Carl, Lisa Gambini, Rebecca Wilhide.

Cindy Nistad was approved as a long term substitute for Ann Marie Miller, North Intermediate 4th grade teacher. Miller was approved for a sabbatical leave for the second semester, 2017-2018 school year.

Kim Cavage was appointed as a mentor.

Student high school cafeteria workers approved were: Jonathan Winkler, Chase Koellen, Jonathan Brannen and Lauryn Graham.

Caleb Vogler was approved as a volunteer basketball coach.

The following seven resignations were accepted, with regret:

Brenna Kelly, Hawley Center part-time teacher assistant (as of January 11)

Isabel Klein, Middle School part-time cafeteria (retiring as of March 30)
Michael Leighton, Middle School custodian (as of February 9)
Susan Morgan, North Intermediate 4th grade teacher (retiring as of end of 2017-2018 school year)

Debra O’Connor, North Primary Special Education teacher (retiring as of end of 2017-2018 school year)

Marie Panettieri, District Speech Pathologist (retiring as of end of 2017-2018 school year)

Lea Peoples, North Intermediate School principal’s secretary (retiring as of June 29).

The next Wallenpaupack School Board meeting is set for Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m., also open to the public.