The Elk Lake School Board filled one of its open slots at last week’s meeting Thursday night, appointing Tyler Emmerich to fill the Springville Twp. seat vacated by Eric Emmerich.
Two candidates expressed interest in the seat and had been interviewed by the board earlier in the month. “We had two very strong candidates,” board president Anne Teel offered prior to the vote.
Board member Arden Tewksbury said, “We came to an agreement,” before offering up the motion to appoint Emmerich to the seat.
The board is also looking to fill the seat vacated by John Pierson, of Rush Twp., on July 2. Pierson has been hired by the district to a secondary science teaching post. Three candidates for that seat were interviewed during a board work session on Thursday.
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Cuomo provided an update on improvements being made to the facilities during the summer break, including the installation of new windows, and fans installed to reduce heat on the second floor.
He also announced the pool would be closed for about one and one-half weeks and detailed the process of draining about 190,000 gallons of water from the pool and the multifaceted approach to storing the water and refilling the pool.
The pool deck will be cleaned, and the pool grouted. Similar work will also take place in the locker room.
Cuomo said the district is working with Meshoppen Stone to bring in water for the pool.
“This has never been done (at Elk Lake),” he said. “We are asking for patience.” The pool was installed in the early 1990s.
Cuomo also spoke about the announcement of the SCCTC CDL program that took place earlier on the day of the meeting, describing the addition of the program as a “win-win-win” for students, the community and businesses.
He said the addition of the program comes with no impact to taxpayers, and said the first class is filled prior to it even opening. Cuomo said he expects the program to officially start in mid-September.
The board filled the two remaining teaching positions in special education.
Elementary Principal Marc Weisgold told the board the start of school was “right around the corner” with 38 days remaining from the day of the meeting until students return to classes.
He also announced Fun Fest would be held on Aug. 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the school pavilion. There will be backpack supplies, and the food bank will be there. There will also be a “carnival-esque atmosphere” for the event with games and activities.