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South Williamsport Area School District Board has discussed several teacher resignations and a staff resignation.

Among the impending teacher resignations discussed at a recent board work session included: Betsy Jones, high school art teacher; Patricia Schick, high school family and consumer science teacher; William Reighard, high school industrial arts teacher; Michelle McGee, high school secondary mathematics teacher; Josie Sahm, 6th grade teacher at Rommelt Elementary School; and Max Houseknecht, maintenance, effective Thursday. Teacher openings are effective June 2.

Stamm led a discussion on the Pennsylvania School Board Association recommended changes to tobacco, vape and controlled substance policy. The administration is recommending the adoption of the American Lung Association INDEPTH program as an alternative to suspension and prosecution for the first-time incidents for nicotine and vape products.

It is believed that these changes will allow the administration to more effectively respond to changes in nicotine and THC products appearing in schools and educate students of the dangers their products present.

A discussion occurred on policy regarding bullying and cyberbullying. The 2022 through 2025 Future Ready Comprehensive Plan identifies reduction of bullying and the creation of a streamlined process for reporting and tracking of any bullying incidents. There will be creation of an awareness program for students and staff along with a single form to fill out and board discussion on the new reporting tool, classroom posters and how this process will be connected to the Bullying Prevention Program Second Step and Healthy Me Healthy Us .

Regarding food service renewal with Nutrition Inc. Mary Kay Bukeavich discussed the renewal agreement for the 2022-2023 school year.

Highlights included: No increases in student breakfast or lunch prices and a guaranteed profit of $307.80.

Current full price breakfast cost $1.05 for grades K-6; $1.15 for grades 7-12 and for lunches $2.25 K-6; $2.50 7-12.

The district is working to get information out regarding free breakfast and lunch programs for eligible families.

Regarding the district photographer, the district is currently accepting proposals. The current agreement with Albright Studios expires June 30. Based on changing needs district photography will be divided into two services, one for student portraits and one for athletics/special events. Photographers may apply for one or both services.

Regarding Mountie Academy Dual Pathways/ Bridges to Learning, to meet the needs of students and families Stamm discussed a recommendation for a dual pathway option in Mountie Academy. One pathway will align with the traditional in-school program and focus on preparation for post-secondary education and technical career paths. A second pathway will focus on career readiness and general education requirements.

The district is projected to allocate over $700,000 to outside cyber school costs in 2020 to 2023.

This dual pathway option is intended to offer those families more opportunities in this local cyber school.

Regarding enrollment updates, for kindergarten the 2022-2023 number is currently at 68. Dr. Loomis and Mrs. Smith will coordinate an additional day for another registration in June.

Current district enrollment is at 1,206.

Included in those numbers are 58 students for Mountie Academy, six are K-5th, and 52 are grades 6 through 12. Excluded are 54 students in outside cyber schools.

Regarding the athletic committee, there are challenges in the uniform replacement cycle. The committee agreed to use discretion on replacement of uniforms ensuring that they followed school colors of blue and white.

The high school gym floor refurbishing is scheduled for June 4. Money has been approved by the board from the capital reserve.

There are some athletic field renovations planned. Coordination on the improvements of the baseball, softball and soccer field is being done with Larson Design Group and PPL. South Williamsport Area School District Board has discussed several teacher resignations and a staff resignation.

Among the impending teacher resignations discussed at a recent board work session included: Betsy Jones, high school art teacher; Patricia Schick, high school family and consumer science teacher; William Reighard, high school industrial arts teacher; Michelle McGee, high school secondary mathematics teacher; Josie Sahm, 6th grade teacher at Rommelt Elementary School; and Max Houseknecht, maintenance, effective Thursday. Teacher openings are effective June 2.

Stamm led a discussion on the Pennsylvania School Board Association recommended changes to tobacco, vape and controlled substance policy. The administration is recommending the adoption of the American Lung Association INDEPTH program as an alternative to suspension and prosecution for the first-time incidents for nicotine and vape products.

It is believed that these changes will allow the administration to more effectively respond to changes in nicotine and THC products appearing in schools and educate students of the dangers their products present.

A discussion occurred on policy regarding bullying and cyberbullying. The 2022 through 2025 Future Ready Comprehensive Plan identifies reduction of bullying and the creation of a streamlined process for reporting and tracking of any bullying incidents. There will be creation of an awareness program for students and staff along with a single form to fill out and board discussion on the new reporting tool, classroom posters and how this process will be connected to the Bullying Prevention Program Second Step and Healthy Me Healthy Us .

Regarding food service renewal with Nutrition Inc. Mary Kay Bukeavich discussed the renewal agreement for the 2022-2023 school year.

Highlights included: No increases in student breakfast or lunch prices and a guaranteed profit of $307.80.

Current full price breakfast cost $1.05 for grades K-6; $1.15 for grades 7-12 and for lunches $2.25 K-6; $2.50 7-12.

The district is working to get information out regarding free breakfast and lunch programs for eligible families.

Regarding the district photographer, the district is currently accepting proposals. The current agreement with Albright Studios expires June 30. Based on changing needs district photography will be divided into two services, one for student portraits and one for athletics/special events. Photographers may apply for one or both services.

Regarding Mountie Academy Dual Pathways/ Bridges to Learning, to meet the needs of students and families Stamm discussed a recommendation for a dual pathway option in Mountie Academy. One pathway will align with the traditional in-school program and focus on preparation for post-secondary education and technical career paths. A second pathway will focus on career readiness and general education requirements.

The district is projected to allocate over $700,000 to outside cyber school costs in 2020 to 2023.

This dual pathway option is intended to offer those families more opportunities in this local cyber school.

Regarding enrollment updates, for kindergarten the 2022-2023 number is currently at 68. Dr. Loomis and Mrs. Smith will coordinate an additional day for another registration in June.

Current district enrollment is at 1,206.

Included in those numbers are 58 students for Mountie Academy, six are K-5th, and 52 are grades 6 through 12. Excluded are 54 students in outside cyber schools.

Regarding the athletic committee, there are challenges in the uniform replacement cycle. The committee agreed to use discretion on replacement of uniforms ensuring that they followed school colors of blue and white.

The high school gym floor refurbishing is scheduled for June 4. Money has been approved by the board from the capital reserve.

There are some athletic field renovations planned. Coordination on the improvements of the baseball, softball and soccer field is being done with Larson Design Group and PPL.

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