Took four days to fix; to seek a security consultant

WALLENPAUPACK - A cyber attack occurred on the Wallenpaupack Area School District’s servers this summer, a problem that has plagued many school districts and corporations regionally and nationwide, Superintendent Michael Silsby reported.
He reported the matter to the the School Board, August 19.
The cyber attack occurred over the July 4th weekend. Repairs took about four days to get the network functioning at the appropriate levels. District’s technology personnel, led by Steven Nalesnik, had to restore the functionality of the network servers. 
“Fortunately, we had backed up all of our information and we did not lose any information or data,” Silsby stated to The News Eagle. “…There have been isolated viruses detected on individual computers but not the entire network.”
He stated that the district will be contracting with a security consultant in September to address cyber security issues, with the hope to alleviate this from ever reoccurring.

Cut school bus routes

• Five school bus routes are being eliminated, an outcome of evaluating declining school enrollment in recent years. Silsby stated that remaining bus routes won’t be appreciably longer as a result. The measure will save the School District approximately $165,000.
Enrollment stands at approximately 2,900 to 3,000, in par with the last couple years.
• Nine new teachers and long-term substitutes have been hired, Assistant Superintendent Keith Gunuskey reported. Orientation was occurring the week of Aug. 19.  Six of the hires are for teachers to replace those who retired. Two are Career Counselors at the high school. One is a new special education teacher. The new teachers will be introduced to the board at the September 9 meeting.

The next Wallenpaupack School Board meeting is set for Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at the High School Library. A committee meeting precedes it at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit wallenpaupack.org under Board of Education; select BoardDocs.
Classes resumed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.