EL/SCCTC to sell house, not gas rights
BY PAT FARNELLI
The Elk Lake and Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center school boards voted Thursday to retain the mineral rights for the home built by the SCCTC’s carpentry and plumbing students, which will be offered for sale later this month.
Superintendent William Bush said, “I recommend that we not offer the gas rights with the sale on the house.”
The board voted unanimously to follow his recommendation.
There was a special meeting of the Elk Lake School Board immediately after the SCCTC meeting adjourned. That board also voted to sell the student built house without including the mineral rights, and to advertise for bids for the home and property retaining those rights.
Board members Eric Emmerich and Arden Tewksbury had advocated holding onto the mineral rights for the house site at the Sept. 5 meeting, noting that selling the home constructed by SCCTC students including the mineral rights would cause the district to lose part of its royalty income.
“What you decide tonight is what will go into the specs for the house, which will be advertised,” SCCTC director Alice Davis said.
An Open House of the SCCTC student built house project will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the project on Hunsinger Road in Dimock, off Route 3023 (Dimock to Elk Lake Road). The house is about one mile from the entrance of Hunsinger Road on the right. The house is 2,100 square feet, two story, with three bedrooms plus a den/office and two and a half baths, a full basement and two-car garage on 2.1 acres.
All of the construction was completed by the carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical, heating and plumbing students.
A supplemental equipment grant was received from the state Department of Education, which notified SCCTC that the school qualified for a grant of $23,565.09.
Bush said the grant will be used to purchase a utility box vehicle for the carpentry/building program.
The same electronic device policy and dress code policy changes that were approved at the September Elk Lake board meeting were approved for the SCCTC students, which will allow students to use cell phones at certain times and to have piercing studs in the upper corner of their noses as well as in ears. No protruding nose ornaments or rings will be allowed.
School policies 300, 600 and 700 were submitted for review, and would be voted on in the November. These are the same policies posted for review after the Elk Lake board meeting.
A substitute list for drivers, faculty and staff was approved. Marie Smith was added to the Leadership Team.
A full time associate position to assist with students with IEP needs was approved and will be posted. This position is being added due to the number of SCCTC students with individual education programs. The interviews will be conducted in October and the hiring approved retroactively at the November meeting, Bush said.
Transportation contracts were approved totaling $368,070.12 for car and van drivers.
In her director’s report, Davis noted that there would be a Nightingale event held Saturday, Oct. 5, in recognition of the first class of Licensed Practical Nurse students.
“Pink Out Days” will be held at the Elk Lake schools by the cosmetology department on Oct. 14-18 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Hair gel, glitter, French or Dutch braiding, and manicures will be provided for $2 donations.
A Fall Festival and Open House will be held by the cosmetology students on Oct. 18 from 1-8 p.m. featuring pumpkin facials, manicures and pedicures, brown sugar scrubs and masks, fall treats and sweets. The pumpkin facials will cost $6; manicure with brown sugar scrub is $5; and pumpkin pedicure with brown sugar scrub is $6.
A “Finding the Cure starts with HOPE” event will be held on Oct. 26 by appointment only. The cosmetology students will offer haircuts, updos, manicures, pedicures, facials, and paraffin treatments at bargain prices. Call 570-278-9229, ext, 6717 for appointments.