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The “the condition of the neighborhood is good” ahead of school opening day, scheduled for Aug. 29, said Williamsport Area School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers.

Bowers told the school board this week that the district has a full complement of professional staff ready for the upcoming school year. However, there is always a need for support staff.

“Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to recruit professional staff. Many districts across the Commonwealth cannot say that,” he added, referring to the shortage of professional staff that has plagued many districts, including others in the region.

Bowers reported that 323 students are enrolled in kindergarten and encouraged parents who have not yet enrolled their children to do so.

Fall sports kicked off this week in the district with Bowers sharing that about 90 students have come out for football this year.

“We are starting to have that feeling. Things are accelerating and the schools are doing well,” he said.

Under staff positions, the board accepted the resignations of Bonnie M. Maddox, full-time administrative support, and Jill P. Yaple, full-time library aide, both for retirement purposes.

The following people have been hired: Alexis S. Llewellyn, part-time helper, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Alicia N. Differ, full-time K-12 director, $93,000; Candice Sampson, full-time grade one teacher, Cochran Elementary School, $53,633; Christina Bowers, middle school teacher (assignment and location to be determined), $53,633; Colton T. Miller, full-time groundskeeper/custodian, high school; Danae M. Roles, long-term occasional teacher beginning Aug. 24 through first semester, primarily at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School, $53,633; Daykeema Sessoms, Full-Time Assistant, Curtin Intermediate School; Eric P. Holz, long-term occasional teacher, primarily at Williamsport Area Middle School, $53,633; Gerardo Pena, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Hannah Bitler, full-time 2nd grade teacher, Jackson Primary School, $53,633; Hope Woolway, long-term substitute teacher, primarily at Cochran Elementary School, $53,633; Loriann E. Rose, full-time Grade 5 teacher, Curtin Intermediate School, $60,923; Nancy L. Hamilton, full-time administrative support; Rachael L. Eck, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Taron D. Dinkins, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Charles M. Goodmond Jr. and Karen Gerardi, administrative support/substitute aides, $12 per hour; Don Smith, James Gardner, Joshua Rogers, Ronald Shellhammer, Tammy Robbins, and Tyler Henry, uncertified substitute teachers, $90 per day for the first 45 days and $110 per day for days beyond day 45; up to a maximum of 180 days per year; Erika Edler, substitute teacher, $120 per day for the first 45 days and $130 per day for any time thereafter with a maximum of 180 days per year.

The addition of a school social worker was approved. Funding for the position will initially be through a School Mental Health Grant.

The following financial items were approved:

• Purchase of chairs for Curtin Intermediate School at a cost of approximately $5,500.

• Purchased door hardware to upgrade the doors at Cochran Elementary School from Nelson Installations LLC, Jersey Shore, at a cost of $15,560.

As part of the program, the board approved:

• The purchase of Edgenuity for the Virtual Academy for the 2022-23 school year at a cost of $85,250. This includes 31 full-time seats for six courses, with additional seats available as needed for an additional $275 per course per semester.

• Renewed purchase of full site licenses for Edgenuity for grades 6-12 for the 2022-23 school year at a cost of $42,000. Costs will be paid from study program funds.

• An agreement with the US Center for SafeSport to provide an online training program for all current and new coaches hired in the district. The cost is $20 per trainer; certification is valid for two years. Costs will be paid from the athletic department budget.

• The purchase of 33 Verkada Door Access Controls, 33 Verkada 4AH Backup Batteries, 130 Verkada Card Readers, and 130 Verkada Access Control Cloud licenses from Gov Connection Inc., Merrimack, NH, for a total cost of $233 $206. Door access controls, cards, readers and access control licenses integrate with the district security camera system to provide a safer school environment. The cost will be paid through the School Safety Grant.

• The purchase of seven Verkada guest licenses from Gov Connection Inc., Merrimack, NH, for a total cost of $100,000. Verkada Guest is a visitor management system that integrates with the district security camera system to provide a safer school environment. Costs will be paid through the School Safety Grant and district funds.

• The purchase of 450 Zoom Edu licenses from Zoom Inc., San Jose, California, for a total cost of $19,552. Zoom licenses will be used to provide distance education and video conferencing for the 2022-23 school year. Costs will be paid from district funds.

• Tuition Agreement 2022-23 with New Story School (Selinsgrove) to provide a student with special educational needs with all related services at the rate of $397 per day. Costs will be paid from the special education budget

• The purchase of 1,575 site licenses from IXL for the 2022-23 school year for a total cost of $17,463. The costs will be paid from the primary, secondary and special education budgets.

The board will then meet at 6 p.m. on September 6 at the District Service Center, 2780 W. Fourth St.



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