As students prepare to head back to school on Aug. 22 after summer break, the Union City School Board is tying up loose ends before school is back in session.

The board, during its Aug. 8 meeting, approved several agenda items, including academic, co-curricular and financial matters.

Renovations at the Union City Middle/High School and Administration Office

continue as the summer progresses.

Matthew Bennett, superintendent of the Union City Area School District, told the board members that renovation work on the floors began that day.

Also, board members approved seeking bids for 50 teacher desks as part of the middle/high school renovations.

Bennett believes the purchase order would go above the $20,600 threshold that has been set, so the district needs to bid the project. Bids would be opened the beginning of September.

Bennett added that, of the desks being replaced, any good ones would be used throughout the district, at the elementary school or wherever there is a need. He said others would be scrapped.

Under academics, the board approved Dante Greco as the 11 th -grade class adviser for 2019-20, a nonathletic supplemental position with a salary of $999.

Under co-curricular, the board approved a new Athletic Handbook, effective with the 2019-20 school year. Board member Brian Gregor asked if the Athletic

Handbook could be included with the Student Handbook, which has the school

code and dress code. Superintendent Matthew Bennett said it could be included in the future, but it is too late to do it this year.

Under finance, the board approved the following:

* a list of tuition students and out-of-district nontuition students for the 2019-20 school year;

* the district’s tuition rates for the 2019-20 school year. The district’s special offer tuition rate is $3,900.08 for the upcoming school year.

* the Union City Area School District accident insurance coverage with

Philadelphia Insurance Co., provided by First National Insurance Agency;

* a student activity account for the Union City Area Middle School Life Skills

Coffee Cart;

* an offer of $250 by Shawn and Victoria Gross to purchase a parcel at 53 E. High St. from the Erie County Repository for Unsold Properties. The property is a vacant piece of land, 98 feet by 198 feet, that covers 0.4455 acres;

* the School Based Behavioral Health, Refocus Room House, and Mental Health Truancy Service contract with Bethesda Lutheran Services in the amount of $122,710, effective retroactive from July 1 through June 30, 2020.

The board approved the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

purchase of services agreement for the Foresight Evaluation Associates to

evaluate the 21st CCLC Program for a maximum amount of $17,345.60 a year, from July 1, 2019, through Nov. 30, 2024.

The program, established by Congress, provides federal funding to establish

community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural

enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-

poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core subjects such as reading, math and science.

This program also intends to offer students a variety of activities and includes

families and the community in the educational process, according to a 21st

Century Community Learning Centers Program website.

Bennett said the district would be reimbursed the money and approving the

motion is part of the protocol.

“We have to upfront it, and the grant reimburses us for it,” Bennett said.

In addition to Gregor, board members who voted to approve the agenda items

were George Trauner, Blain Blakeslee, Douglas Hopson, Lori Lewis, Dr. Barbara

Miller, David Robinson and Kimberle Thomas. Trauner abstained from the motion concerning the contract with Bethesda Lutheran Services because he is employed there. Stephen Gilbert was absent from the meeting.

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