Mountain View Special Services director Stephanie Anuszewski noted, at the Monday, Oct. 14 school board meeting, that her department has been very busy with a yoga initiative and the creation of two mindfulness rooms at the elementary and high schools.
The yoga program was launched with autistic students in mind, but has been enjoyed by numerous students in regular and special needs classes. Behavior issues and stress, anxiety, are being decreased, Anuszewski said. “We built these multidimensional rooms and they have grown, and they are being used by more and more teachers on both sides of the road,” she said.
The school board hired a paraprofessional and approved advertising a special education teaching position during their meeting Monday, Oct. 14, but the high school principal position remains unfilled.
Dr. Michael Elia, curriculum director, is presently serving as acting high school principal.
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Heidi Serbonich from her elementary life skills teaching position, effective Nov. 1.
The board appointed Crystal Very to a paraprofessional position at $12.20 per hour with benefits per MVESPA agreement.
The board also approved an elementary after school tutoring program, and hired Jacqueline Ferenczi as the after school tutoring teacher.
Elia reported that the high school faculty and staff have been working to improve morale overall as well as communication. “We are reminding each other, talking with each other, encouraging each other.
Superintendent Karen Voigt said that the schools received a grant of $20,000 from Peoples Security Bank & Trust to be used for the purpose of dual enrollment, academic development, and academic competitions.
She said that the student government members were trained for Election Day service, when they will go to local polling places and go through checklists to ensure that voting equipment works properly and that the polls are welcoming and ethical. Each student involved will be paid $100 for their service by the county.
Voigt said that starting Tuesday a Lighthouse afterschool program will be held at the Clifford United Methodist Church. She also noted that Mountain View students presented the Dennis Farm with maple syrup from their trees which had not been tapped for many years.
The board approved a division order of Empet D 003 gas well by Cabot Oil &Gas as presented.
The board also approved a three year contract, with the option to extend the contract up to five years total, for managed print services with Topp Copy.
The board awarded the low qualified fuel bid for fuel oil to Mirabito & Son of Binghamton, NY, in the amount of $2.0754 per gallon.