The Lackawanna Trail School District honored its school board members as part of its annual school board recognition at Monday night’s virtual school board meeting.
“This year more than ever, they deserve recognition,” Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas said. “The board has done a fabulous job guiding everyone through a pandemic, and making Trail a leader in the school community.”
Although the celebration was different this year because not everyone could gather together, students were still able to show their appreciation. Trail High School Principal Mark Murphy presented a video created by the student council in which students and teachers thanked the board members for their efforts in trying to make the school year as normal as possible. The video is available for viewing on Lackawanna Trail’s Youtube channel.
Trail Elementary Principal Brian Kearney said that nine of his teachers have “adopted a school board member” for the month of January. Each board member will have the opportunity to speak to a classroom at the Elementary center and explain what school board members do for the students. He also presented each board member with a new Trail facemask.
“We want our students to know how important the board members are to this district,” Keaney said. “We think this program is going to teach the kids a lot.”
After the ceremony, Rakauskas announced that full in-person instruction with a virtual option will return on Monday, Jan. 18, and that the district will continue with virus mitigation efforts in the schools.
Rakauskas said he has been approached by many people about when employees will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. He is hopeful that district employees will be able to have access to the vaccine beginning in February when the state hopes to move to Phase 1-B of distribution. Rakauskas said that the vaccine will not be mandatory for employees but that he encourages everyone to be vaccinated when it becomes widely available.
The new Lackawanna Trail school district website will be launched on Friday, Jan. 15. The district’s IT department is currently working on the finishing touches and will be testing it this week before the official launch. The website will have the same address, www.ltsd.org. All school district information will be posted on the new website along with the district’s Facebook page.
In other business, the board approved:
- A resolution that the school district will not raise the rate of tax support of its public schools for the 2021-22 fiscal year by more than the index established by the Department of Education for the district of 3.8 percent.
- A contract with DeHEY McAndrew for the 2020 tax year for the preparation 1094-C and 1095-C forms.
- The appointment of Sweet Stevens Law Firm for the district’s solicitor services with John Audi as the main contact for the 2021-22 fiscal and academic years.
- The sale of gym lockers to Factoryville Fire Company at a bid of $25.
- Acknowledged the school district’s physical address as 179 College Avenue, Factoryville, PA, 18419 and the mailing address as P.O. Box 85, Factoryville, PA, 18419, for the purpose of reporting and communicating with the Department of Education
- The retirement of Cris Wiswell from her teaching position, effective Apr. 7.
- Extended Courtney Gwizdz’s long-term elementary substitute position through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
- The hire of Adrienne Mellott as the Jr. High Field Hockey Coach starting with the 2021-22 season at a stipend of $3,750.
The Lackawanna Trail School Board will meet again for a work session on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.