Bailey Vennie, an 8th grade student and member of Boy Scout Troop 129, received approval from the Wallenpaupack Administration for his Eagle Scout project, at the May 14th school board meeting.

WALLENPAUPACK - Bailey Vennie, an 8th grade student and member of Boy Scout Troop 129, received approval from the Wallenpaupack Administration for his Eagle Scout project, at the May 14th school board meeting.

Vennie proposes to build two Gaga Ball courts, one at the North Primary School and one at the North Intermediate school playground areas.

Surrounded by an octagonal wooden fence, the court is about 15 feet wide. He said the game is like free-for-all dodgeball. The ball is hit back and forth on the ground; one is not allowed to catch the ball and if the ball leaves the court, the player is out. He said that the game encourages team work and is high paced for a short time, Many can play in one game, and several games can be played in one recess.

He cautioned that kids can become very competitive, and the ground is subject to becoming muddy. Vennie plans to add sand, mulch and gravel to help with drainage. He has bake sales and other fundraisers in mind, as well as business sponsors.

Superintendent Michael Silsby quipped that an opening game might be played between the principals of the two schools.

Also discussed:

Several people attended the meeting to speak about a personnel matter that is under investigation, Solicitor Anthony Waldron noted. Waldron told the group that no action would be taken that night and no decision has been made if an action will be needed. He declined to name the individual, and said that any public discussion of the matter would not be allowed at this time, out of privacy rights and the individual’s rights to due process, should that become necessary. If the board decides to take action, he said, then the public will have the chance to address the board at that time.

Eva Muehter, a long time school volunteer, was remembered by North Primary Principal Anthony Cavallaro. Muehter, a Tafton resident, died May 2, 2018 at the age of 85. She was a retired teacher from New Jersey, and for over 20 years volunteered at the North Primary and North Intermediate Schools. She was a reading specialist, and was able to assist students with reading skill development.

The PA Department of Education approved the waiver of five days of class due to the number of days the district had to cancel classes because of the winter weather. Silsby said that they still had more than enough of the required hours of classroom instruction for not secondary and elementary students.

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Route 6 in front of the High School recently. Silsby stated that the district is working with PennDOT and the township to erect signs to tell motorists to not use the center turning lane as a travel lane. He said that people get into the travel lane too early. The action was a factor in the accident; no one was hurt, he said.

Personnel

The following drivers were hired: (Van/bus) Arlene Current, John Invanko, Kristen Jensen. (Van) Madeline Alvarado, Betty Mathews.

These substitutes were appointed: Amanda Tomik, P-K, grades 5-6; Timothy Predmore, custodian; Gary Tighe, custodian; Joan Symanski, teacher assistant; Warren Grabher, school resource officer.

These appointments were approved: Sarah Castaldi, speech-language pathologist; Kayla Turonis, speech-language pathologist; David Avvisato, custodian; Mary Aniano, cafeteria; Jennifer Marmeleira, district office secretary.

Child rearing leave was granted for Ashley Gross, North Primary Special Education teacher, May 11 - June 1; and Amanda Schmalzle, High School English teacher, April 20- end of current school year. Also, a chid rearing leave extension was granted to Erin Zubrickas, Middle School Health & Physical Education teacher,  May 1- May 15.

School Board member Gary Bellman was appointed as Board Treasurer, July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019, at a salary of $800.00.

Two resignations were accepted, with regret. Two North Primary Second Grade teachers are retiring: Jan Mather, effective June 30, 2018 and Robin Waters-Yost, effective end of the 2017-2018 school year.

[Other school board items are covered in another story.]

The next WASD school board meeting is set for Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m.