BY MIKE RUDOLF
Elk Lake’s school board gathered last Tuesday (Dec. 7) to reorganize, but essentially left the leadership intact.
Chuck Place was reelected president and Arden Tewklsbury vice president of the governing bodies for both Elk Lake School District and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.
Board member Eric Emmerich noted that a football committee comprised of himself, high school principal Ken Cuomo and three parents had met about the possibility of having Elk Lake athletes play football under the Montrose Area High School banner.
The issue came up at the Elk Lake board’s November meeting, when members expressed an interest in the possibility and it was stated that the earliest such an agreement could play out would be with the 2012 football season.
Montrose athletes presently participate in the Elk Lake swimming and diving team.
Emmerich said the committee was looking at potential costs and what kind of timetable might have to be worked out as well as parental concerns about injuries and who has liability over such matters when two schools play as one.
He noted that the committee was planning to meet with the Susquehanna Community High School athletic director and see what issues they had when Blue Ridge students had a similar desire to play football but because it wasn’t able to field its own team, joined forces with Susquehanna in 2003
In fact, this year’s Sabers’ quarterback, Dan Kempa, is actually a Blue Ridge student.
Emmerich said that after that meeting the committee expected to meet with Montrose Area Superintendent Mike Ognosky, who also serves as the District 2 secretary for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.
On Tuesday, the board opened bids for trash removal, and while five packets were sent out, only one actually bid on the contract- Waste Management of Dunmore, the current vendor, and next year there will be a savings with three 6-yard containers at $32 a pickup.
In other action, the SCCTC board granted approval to receive bids for a student-built house on Dimock Township property.
SCCTC director Alice Davis said the approval was needed so work on the district’s third student-built house could “continue without delay.”
The board’s next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 20.