School board member Monica Miller was warmly thanked for her service to Mountain View School District at the public meeting held Monday, Nov. 26. Miller, who served for four years, was a supporter of educational programs, especially STEM and student government, it was noted. While she is unable to continue as a school director due to work responsibilities, she said she will continue to attend meetings.
Board member Danny Very said, “Monica, we’re going to miss you. You’ve taught me a lot on this board.”
An unusually large crowd showed up for a “Pride in Mountain View” recognition of “Skyrocketing Eagles.” These elementary students went beyond Soaring Eagle status by performing acts of kindness and taking principles beyond the school to the community, according to Elementary Principal Dr. Christopher Lake.
The first 20 Skyrocketing Eagles included Colin Miller, Rozalyn Jagger, Noah Molenko, Adyson Barlow, Julia Briechle, Morgan Pliska, Lorelai Rogers, Aubrey Urda, Kali Harvatine, DeClan McAndrew, Marietta Milunic, Zoey Perini, Rowan Poplawski, Charley Smith, Jamie Jerauld, Madelynn Orth, Averey Urda, Jordan Jagger, Karley Norton, Mayson McAndrew.
A presentation on the Student Government Association’s preparations to host a three day state leadership conference at Kalahari Resort was made by SGA liaison Hannah Geron. She said that so far, $18,000 has been raised of the $80,000 in funds needed to host this event.
Katie Tracy and Matt Dougherty of the SGA spoke about their participation in an Election Day opportunity. Dougherty said that students went to voting precincts and made sure that rules were being followed, that voting machines were operating properly, and that the atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable. They watched to ensure that voters were not asked for ID if they had previously voted.
The board approved a motion to provide instruction in the home for an IEP student beginning Nov 15 and with an ending date to be determined. This is not the same as homebound instruction, and does not have the same criteria, Lake said.
The board approved the following volunteers: Robert Sedlak, golf, girls JH basketball and JH softball; Jason Casselbury, boys basketball; and Gary Parks, wrestling.
Virginia Carl was approved as a classroom volunteer for KidWriting.
A second reading and discussion was hell for policy #916, Volunteers.
A first reading was held of Policy #907, School Visitors. “This is an already existing policy, we are just adding a few things,” Superintendent Karen Voigt explained.
During the building and site committee report, Maintenance Director Bob Taylor said that the district is in the process of getting a wastewater permit renewed.
Taylor said that while the district used to be exempt from some testing requirements, it no longer is, and as a result, the required testing has changed. “Testing that was once a year now has to be done quarterly, and daily testing now has to be done seven days per week,” he said. This requires an employee to come in on weekends and holidays to perform the test. He said that one test for copper costs the district $4,000 for each testing and has to be performed four times per year now. He said that wood chips for the woodburning furnace were expected to be delivered soon.
Local businessman Adam Diaz is giving a free pair of shoes to every elementary student this year. Every student will receive their choice of shoes or boots, so it will not be obvious if anyone is disadvantaged.
Business manager Thomas Witiak noted that a health consortium including schools in Wayne, Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties may be affected if the NEIU withdraws from it. “It could cost the district $65,000, so we have to vote no,” he said.
There was an executive session before the meeting to discuss personnel matters, litigation, and a civil rights investigation.