The Tunkhannock Area School Board last Thursday was apprised of a possible $3 million bond issue that may be needed to replace roofs of school buildings in the district with the exception of the primary center (or former Roslund School).
The board’s Building & Grounds Committee met Feb. 3, and the district’s chief operating officer Shane Powers said the roofs were in serious need of repair, based on an examination of the issue over the previous six months.
Powers said, “We are looking at how to move forward. We are recommending a bond issue, most likely a 20-year bond” which she suggested would cover the typical life of the roofs being replaced.
She added, “We have been having discussions with bond companies,” and hope to have by the board’s first meeting in March a plan to recommend a course of action.
Powers also gave an update of the contents of outlying buildings recently sold, and acknowledged a closing date had not been set with the buyers. She said the district still wanted to remove a few items, and believed there would be one last online auction conducted by Burke/Shamrock Auctions.
Powers added that a communication would be put out to non-profits about remaining wardrobes, desks and filing cabinets.
She said that Joe Sick from Triton had met with the B&G committee regarding a road behind the primary center regarding access in case of emergency. Powers said Sick would be supplying additional information “and we will continue to engage in dialogue.”
Also on Thursday’s agenda was a discussion about the district’s 2020-21 oil bid through the Keystone Purchasing Network.
During the current year 60,000 gallons of fuel were ordered, and roughly 30,000 gallons have been used year to date, Powers said. She recommended the amount of fuel for 2020-21 be reduced to 45,000 gallons.
Under new business was a first reading of board policies addressing immunizations and communicable diseases, withdrawal from school, employment of superintendent/assistant superintendent, professional development, and sick leave; resolutions regarding bus/van contracts; approval of overnight field trips of robotics team (3/6-8, Flanders, N.J.; 3/27-29, Skillman, N.J.; 4/1-4, Bethlehem) and chorus (4/2-3, Blue Ridge High School); and completion of a Luzerne Intermediate Unit election ballot.
Superintendent Heather McPherson gave a shout out to Principal Todd Bosscher and others at the high school for their handling of a fire incident on Tuesday.
Apparently there had been a controlled burn near the high school and smoke entered the auditorium, with no clarity as to how it got in the heater vents.
In the late morning the high school students were evacuated to the Intermediate Center and the district decided to have an early dismissal (at 12:30 p.m. for the Primary Center; and 12:45 p.m. for the intermediate center/high school).
Under the superintendent’s report were resolutions to appoint support staff substitutes Crystal Baltrusaitis, Linda Gray and John Algar; approval of extracurricular positions (Paul Grabowski as boys JH track/field coach, Caitlin Gaughan as girls JH track/field coach, and Lynne Binner as head girls volleyball coach). In Binner’s case her compensation was to be $119 more than in the published agenda and her appointment was for 2020-21, not 2019-20.
There was also approval of a list of about 20 volunteers; and approval of conference attendances by Jennifer Zdaniewicz, Mary Elizabeth Howell, Marty Beatty, Debra Johnson, Greg Ellsworth, Joanne Yanchick, Harold Quinnan and Joshua Pratt.
McPherson also acknowledged that the following Monday she would be meeting with representatives of the real estate community to answer questions and allow them a tour of the high school to witness first-hand some of the activities the district was engaged in and end the day at the primary center, so the visitors could see where it all begins.