First Posted: 4/16/2014

Ed Marchakitus, parent of a Lake-Lehman studentt, asked the Lake-Lehman School Board at its April 14 meeting about the policy for notifying parents in the event of a school lockdown. According to the school officials, there is no timeline for such notifications.

The inquiry came after a 4-hour lock down at the school on April when a .22 caliber shell was discovered in one of the hallways. A student was responsible and actions were taken against the student, according to Superintendent James McGovern.

McGovern further stated he is aware that parents want immediate notification in such events, but there wasn’t “enough information to send anything out.” McGovern also said that calls went out 15 minutes after the incident was cleared up and he didn’t want to alarm parents unneccessarily before obtaining accurate information and details.

The school board has approved the authorization of the administration to enter into a memorandum of understanding between the school district and Bloomsburg University. This action, according to McGovern, can be compared with dual enrollment where students are enrolled at Bloomsburg while following Lake-Lehman’s curriculum guidelines.

Alex Hggins, band director, presented certificates to the following students who participated in District and Regional Band completions: Carolyn Price, bassoon, District Band; Courtney McMonagle, clarinet and alto clarinet, District and Regional Band; Jacob Pelton, percussion, District Band; and Matthew G. Miller, trumpet, District Band and Regional band.

Corey Kinney was awarded First Coronet, Second Chair at the All State Band Festival and received a certificate from Higgins, as well.

Matt Edkins-2013-2014 District II AA diving champion, received a certificate from Jeff Shook. Edkins holds the district/school record with 483.55 points, and also achieved eighth place in the PIAA “AA” Diving Championship.

Marilyn Glogowski, district liasion to the Lake-Lehman Foundation, announced that the fifth annual High Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 4 at Penn State/ Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Lake-Lehman Scholarship Fund. For more information, casll Glogowski at 570-255-2906 or email her at

The board has authorized the administration to enter into an agreement between the school district and WVIA-TV in Pittston for the 2014-2015 school year to provide K-12 Instructional V-Media Services at the cost of $1,200.

The board has approved the following resignations: Catherine Moss, district substitute caller, effective March 28, 2014;Trudy Pudimott, district van driver, effective April 8, 2014; Tracy DeRemer, Lake-Noxen elementary crossing guard, effective the last day of the 2013-2014 school year; and Patricia Ross, part-time teacher associate, effective April 18, 2014.

The board also approved the following appointments: David Sandrowicz, Swoyersville, per diem substitute teacher, Social Studies 7-12 certification; Matthew Ide, Swoyersville, volunteer baseball coach for the 2013-2014 school year; Eoin Ellis, Harveys Lake junior high assistant baseball coach, 2013-2014 school year; Charles Lavan, Wilkes-Barre, girls basketball head coach, 2014-2015 school year; and Nancy Edkins, Hunlock Creek, swimming and diving, cpach 2014-2015 school year.

The next board meeting will be heldat 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12.

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