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The Tunkhannock Area School Board gave its blessing Thursday night to a Request for Proposal to seek bids for engineering services for the school consolidation project expected to take place by the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Heather McPherson said, “I need direction on this.”

Board member John Burke made a motion for her to proceed.

Asked about a timetable for the RFP, McPherson said, “ASAP. We need to get this out next week, and have back in 30 days.”

The board also talked briefly about a point person for the district, with the agenda identifying a “Clerk of the Works,” with another RFP, but discussion pointed to “Project manager” as a more appropriate title.

In a supplemental agenda item, there was animated discussion by the board and some faculty regarding a new curriculum for the primary grades.

Elementary teachers Ashley Napoli and Kelsey Lucasavage spoke from the audience in identifying how excited they were to bring a curriculum for grades K-2 which allows the flexibility teachers need and students as well to maximize their learning skills.

The new package will require an outlay of $141,000 over six years.

The board made a decision to transfer some $95,000 in funds to begin the process of revising curricula.

The school board opened the meeting with a student spotlight that focused on a Fifth Grade STEM Team (Science Technology Engineering and Math) involvement in a recent K’nex Challenge in which the team finished third. Students Logaan Miller, Jaxson Montross, Thomas Nichols, Abby Messermith, Tara Beamer, Marina Tague and Sarah Olson each had a part of the presentation and one could see their enthusiasm ring through at the school board meeting. Credit was also passed to asst. principal Kelly Carroll and Bob Barkley.

Under new business, in addition, to the RFP, the board discussed a benefit consulting proposal and also involvement in a purchasing cooperative; and approval of bus/van contract amounts, a first reading of school board policies addressing immunizations and immunizations/provisional attendance/exemptions, and that present policies dealing with possession and use of asthma inhalers as well as EpiPens be retired.

In other business, based in the superintendent’s recommendation, the school board

*approved letters of intent to resign from the following teachers: Patricia Hahn in high school art, Ann Marie Henry in Roslund fourth grade, Ken Spangenburg in Evans Falls/Mill City physical education, and Martha Zavada in middle school family and consumer science;

*appointed Aaron Keich and Zach Migliori as homebound instructors;

*approved Amy Kalinowski as a support staff substitute;

*approved extracurricular appointments each with a stipend of $2,751 for Francis Marshall, boys’ volleyball assistant, Nicole Hunt as boys’/girls’ track assistant, and Kathleen Cowher, girls’ lacrosse assistant;

*approved transfers of assignment of Alyssa Romanuski and Pilar Williams; and

*approved field trip attendances of Scott Howell to Robotics competitions in Allentown and St. Louis, Mo.; and of Ken Luckey to PMEA All-State conference in Erie.

On the agenda, but tabled without any discussion was the matter of a 2017-18 school calendar.
It was noted that the end of the school year is quickly approaching, and a budget subcommittee meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, just before the next school board meeting.

Business manager P.J. O’Shea said the full budget had to be out by the end of May for a 30-day review period before the board approves it in June.