Scholarship added at SCSD

One Susquehanna Community graduate seeking a career in the health care field could see a large portion of their education paid for.
At the Dec. 7, school board meeting, Dr. Warren and Nancy Dewitt announced the creation of a $20,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, to be used at either Binghamton University of Broome Community College.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding between the Dewitt Family Health Care Scholarship Foundation and the high school.
Superintendent Bronson Stone said that for an average graduating class of about 60 students, to be able to offer two “truly life-changing scholarships” was amazing. SCSD grads are also considered for the O’Neil scholarhip.
Dr. Dewitt said the scholarships would allow students to receive a quality education, without having to spend an “arm and leg.” Funding for scholarships in the future is also secure, he said.
Dr. Dewitt, said the community had been good to him through the years and “I think we should give back.”
The board also held a reorganization meeting, re-electing Steven Stanford as president, and Clay Weaver as vice-president.
Meeting dates in 2017 were set for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, Apr. 19, May 17, June 21, Aug. 2, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, and Dec. 6. No meetings are held in July and November. Information and deliberation sessions are scheduled to be held the day before the board business meetings. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Stone noted the district received a Title VI, low-income grant, of $8,000, which will be used for Chromebook carts in support of the Wonders reading series in the elementary school.
Director of Curriculum Mark Gerchman reported the district would be adjusting the scope and sequence of its science program prior to students taking biology.
The board passed a resolution stating it would not raise taxes in coming year more than the district state-established index of 3.7 percent.
The board also revised several policies, including tobacco-related policies, in order to prohibit “vaping” on the campus.
On Jan. 12, SCSD will hose a town hall at the high school on heroin and opioid recovery at 7 p.m.

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