The Tunkhannock Area School Board met last Tuesday evening (Oct. 20) to review input from a Fusion C3 virtual teaching survey of parents regarding whether they might wish for their students to return to brick and mortar instruction moving into the district’s second quarter.
Superintendent Heather McPherson said she thought that 72 percent of C3 families and 90 percent of hybrid families was a really good response.
The numbers seemed to suggest that around a third of Fusion C3 enrollees and two-thirds of hybrid enrollees seem ready to return to brick and mortar.
More discussion is set for the Oct. 28 board meeting.
The board approved McPherson’s superintendent’s report which included the appointment of Charles Richter as a long-term substitute as a high school math teacher at $55,341 prorated with start date to be determined.
The board also gave its approval to a memorandum of agreement with the Tunkhannock Area Education Association to add additional half days to the 2020-21 calendar.
The board also gave a thumbs up to a partnership with Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home to bring ‘The Wall that Heals’ to the Tunkhannock Area School District next spring.
The district had embraced the idea this past spring before the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation.
Chief Operating Officer Shane Powers requested a joint meeting of the board’s building and grounds and extracurricular committees. Extracurricular was already set to met at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, and that time will now be a joint meeting with building and grounds in the high school auditorium.
Board member Holly Arnold spoke of the recent death of fifth grade teacher Robin Schultz, and how much she will be missed. Other members of the board extended their sympathy to the Schultz family.
In the public comment section, students Cody Porcoro and Aiden Pallman spoke of their desire to have more in-school class time, and believe that not having as much as in the past has impacted their grades in a negative way.