The Elk Lake School Board has adopted a resolution for the 2020-21 fiscal year, promising not to exceed an Act I tax index of 3.5 percent.
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education limits tax increases through indexes for individual school districts under Act I.
Because of the resolution’s due date, the board rescheduled this month’s meeting from Jan. 15 to Jan. 8.
Board president Arden Tewksbury and board member Anne Teel were absent.
At the Jan. 8 meeting, the board also approved a settlement agreement with Cherri Tamburro, a long term substitute teacher in the school district.
After a dispute over her contract and salary, the district settled on paying Tamburro $7,500 while receiving credit for an unrelated overpayment.
In recognition of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association’s School Director Recognition Month, administrators at Elk Lake and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center thanked the board for their service with a PSBA proclamation.
Students will also make up a school day on Monday, Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), the board said.
John Warnero, high school principal, said students will receive their report cards on Jan. 24. This will be the final time for paper report cards before the trial run of digital report cards.
Students also recently completed winter Keystone Biology Exams, he said.
Marc Weisgold, elementary principal, said the Santa Auction helped 30 elementary families in the district.
The board also approved the following:
*Maternity leave for Jenna Szymaszek to begin on Jan. 17.
*The spring play, ‘Evil Doings at Queen Toots’ Tomb’ by Billy St. John via Pioneer Drama Service.
*The opening of a new Fall Musical student activity account.
*Elementary volunteers: Anna Aten, Ellen Bieleski, Debbie Caines, Lynda Charles, Gerry Curry, Lori Ehrie, Tanya Garges, Colleen Gesford, Cindy Groover, Kathy Karpich, Amy Kipar, Lynda Smith, Gloria Williams and Carol Winkleblech.
*Substitute additions for the 2019-20 school year: Dakota Barber (maintenance), Eugene Bush (non-CDL driver), Alexis Johnson (school counselor), Victoria Hoal (special education/elementary education), Brooke Coridoni (bachelor’s/emergency certification) and Katie Bennett (bachelor’s/emergency certification).
*2020 tax collector procedures.
*Per capita exonerations for four individuals in Auburn Township.
*The federal mileage rate of 57.5 cents per mile.
*The following activity positions: Melanie Transue, spring drama director, $1,109.07; Keith Brosious, assistant spring drama director, $838.56; Brian Tyler, junior high boys basketball coach, $1,006.27 (contract - assistant salary 60%).
*A revision to Policy 006.1: Attendance at Meetings Via Electronic Communication.
*Acceptance of any price negotiated by the Tax Claim Bureau for a repository property in the district.
In the SCCTC portion of the meeting, the board acknowledged the retirement of welding instructor Ray Ingaglio, effective April 16, and approved the creation of a new position, welding lab technician, with a potential starting salary of $15-18 per hour.
The board also acknowledged the resignation of driver Richard States and approved Robert Power Jr. as a CTC volunteer.
SCCTC Executive Director Alice Davis said PennDOT was scheduled to do an inspection for the center’s new commercial driver’s license program on Thursday.
Once PennDOT gives its approval, the SCCTC could begin advertising the program.
The board also agreed to reimburse the SCCTC Future Business Leaders of America chapter $102 for member dues and $204 for the FBLA regional competition.
The board has another Elk Lake and SCCTC joint meeting scheduled for Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.