The Lackawanna Trail School Board has approved two projects for sewage and paving.
At its meeting on Monday, the board gave district administration permission to engage with an engineering firm for services related to the sewer plant at Lackawanna Trail High School, then approved the solicitation of bids to replace necessary sewer plant components.
The board aims to spend a maximum of $15,000 for this project from the assigned fund balance.
Maintenance and Transportation Director Rick Kordish said the filter tank is 44 years old and needs replacing. The aeration and clarification components are still in good condition, as they were replaced in 2008.
“It’s badly due,” he said, noting that work would likely begin once the school year concludes.
The district will comply with any requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Kordish said.
The board also approved a paving project with Gordian, a purchasing network conglomerate that did the pre-bidding work with the district, for $606,824.62.
The district plans to repave most areas of pavement between the high school and elementary center, including the parking lots, business manager Keith Glynn said.
The board also joined other public schools in adopting a resolution for charter school funding reform. The district hopes to push legislators to adopt a funding model for cyber charter school tuition that’s more fair to public schools.
As it stands now, public schools such as Lackawanna Trail must fund tuition for students living in the district who attend cyber charter schools, causing a significant financial burden.
This resolution will be sent to Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
“We’re looking at as many avenues as we can to try to address this problem that’s been largely, almost totally ignored,” said Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas.
The board also approved the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19’s budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, with Lackawanna Trail contributing $15,263.43. There has been no change since last year.
The board tabled a vote approving the first reading of the entire Lackawanna Trail Policy Book, with the exception of 17 policies that don’t require changes.
The board also approved the following on Monday:
*A stipend matrix for athletic events held after Feb. 10.
*Standardized tests lists for the 2020-21 school year.
*Retirement of Anthony Josephite from his maintenance position, effective Feb. 14.
*Marisa Ryon’s request for unpaid leave March 27.
*Tina Gavin’s request for unpaid leave March 18-20.
*Laurel Kinback and Jessica Bentley as unified sports track and field coaches for the 2019-20 season at a stipend of $750.
*An Interscholastic Unified Sports Memorandum of Understanding between the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Trail High School for the 2019-20 school year.
*Mary Smarkusky, Marty Kerzetski and Bill Burnell as volunteer track and field coaches for the 2019-20 season, tabling a vote on Lori Swanchak for the same position.
*Mark June as a volunteer junior high assistant baseball coach for the 2019-20 season.
*Jeffery Edwards as a volunteer assistant baseball coach for the 2019-20 season.
*Phil Stark as a representative for the NEIU 19 Board from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023.
*A sixth grade class trip to Dorney Park in Allentown on May 26 at no cost to the district.
*An art field trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on April 17, at a cost of up to three substitute teachers for the day.
The Lackawanna Trail School Board is scheduled to meet for a work session on Monday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.