Members of the North East School Board reconvened Thursday, August 2 after a July hiatus. An update on the North East High School renovation project and discussion of beginning the Plancon process for North East Middle School topped the agenda.

Maintenance supervisor Mike Skrekla said the project is on schedule, with the library in its final phase, lockers, cabinets and univents arriving on time and two of three special education rooms nearly complete.

NESD Superintendent Jim Brotz said $3.8M in projects costs will be reimbursed by the state because the school board moved on the decision in a timely fashion.

NEMS is eligible for a Plancon project, Business Manager Brian Polito told the board. While no major projects are planned for the 20-year old building, Polito said the opportunity to begin the Plancon process and apply for step A is an option. Cost to submit Plancon A is approximately $37,000 and includes a feasibility study that NESD would keep.

By beginning the Plancon process, Polito said the district can “look in case we need something.”

The board approved several personnel items. Amanda Carpin was hired as an elementary teacher at Davis Primary School with temporary professional employee status at a salary of $42,783.00 and with respective benefits effective August 27, 2012.

Abby Cermak (district substitute list) was hired as a long-term day-to-day substitute half-day guidance counselor at NEHS at a salary of $115.01 per day effective August 20, 2012 through January 23, 2013 without benefits and excluding tuition reimbursement.

The board accepted the resignation of Colleen Bahm as an instructional aide at Davis Primary, effective June 21, 2012, due to her recent employment as an elementary teacher at Davis Primary.

Rebecca Hall, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at NEMS retired effective June 8, 2012.

Emily Wainwright was hired as a special education teacher at North East Intermediate Elementary at a salary of $42,783.00 effective August 27, 2012 with respective benefits and including tuition reimbursement.

Michael Coletta resigned as an assistant football coach for the 2012-13 school year.

The following individuals were approved for the position of coach/adviser and intramurals for the 2012-13 school year: Melissa Beichner, musical vocal director with a stipend of $2,112.76; Curtis Bailey, assistant basketball coach, $3,728.40 and assistant football coach, $1,864.20; and Robert North, volunteer assistant volleyball coach.

Two staff professional travel requests were approved: Robert Schodt will attend the PA Inspired Leadership Program: Focusing on Teaching and Learning at the IU #4 in Grove City, PA August 6-7, September 17-18, November 8-9 and January 3-4. NESD will pay $657.12 for car transportation.

Gregory Beardsley will attend the PA Inspired Leadership Program: Driving for Results at the IU #4 in Grove City, PA August 13-14, October 16-17 and December 10-11. NESD will pay $599.40 for car transportation.

The board approved the participation of the NESD in the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit Emergency Substitute Teacher Consirtium during the 2012-13 school year.

The board approved the Dual Enrollment Agreement between NESD and Clarion University of Pennsylvania effective August 2, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

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