First Posted: 3/11/2014

Lake-Lehman resident Diane Pilosi is concerned about a proposed natural wastewater recycling center facility in Lake Township, which would be 300 feet from her home.

During the March 10 Lake-Lehman School Board,Meeting, Pilosi asked the board to send a letter to the Luzerne County Zoning Hearing Board and/or the Lake Township supervisors, expressing their opposition to the potential plans.

Board President Mark Kornoski said the board will write a letter and urged Pilosi to get more support from the community and approach the zoning board regarding the issue. Pilosi indicated she is in the process of doing that.

The proposed site would be built on less than an acre of land on Meeker Outlet Road. Pilosi’s concerns include the fact that the facility’s frackwater trucks would have to travel each direction on a one-lane bridge where school buses also travel.

“The road is not built for that,” Pilosi said. “They (the roads) are very curvy and the bus stops are right at the end of the turns.”

Pilosi also stated that the property value of her home would be decreased by about 50 percent and nearby property values by about 25 percent if the proposed plans take effect.

“Our wholesome environment would be destroyed,” she said.

Also during the board meeting, Superintendent James McGovern discussed plans for the Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School Mission Academy for grades 7-12. The program will teach students life skills needed to succeed in the outside world once they graduate. The program will feature mentors from the community, such as alumni and others who have been successful within the community.

McGovern said that many times teachers are only focused on standardized test scores, leaving students unprepared for real life situations. The academy will focus on the “human element,” McGovern said, and will include such courses as budget management, drug and alcohol issues and how to successfully secure meaningful employment, among other everyday situations.

The academy will begin in July 2014 and will be taught in six mini conference sessions consisting of 5-6 hours each. The goal of the academy is to prepare students for success in their chosen path after leaving school. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate that will be placed with his/her transcripts.

The meeting also featured an athletic recognition segment where the following athletes were recognized for their outstanding performances:

Individual wrestling

* Austin Harry – District II AA Champion – 132 lbs, Class AA Northeast Regional Champion

* Robert Wright – District II AA Champion – 160 lbs.

* Brady Butler – District II AA Champion – 182 lbs

* Derek Dragon – District II AA Champion – 170 lbs, Class AA Northeast Regional 3rd place, Class AA State Qualifier

Team wrestling

* Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 tri-champions

* PIAA District II AA Team Dual Meet Championship runner-up

* PIAA District II AA Tournament Champions

* Top 10 Regional Tournament finish

Individual basketball

* Peter Borum – 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds

* Girls basketbalk

Cayle Spencer – 1,000 points

Misericordia University honored area school district educators for excellence in education at a reception on campus, celebrating American Education Week. Learning Support Teacher Melinda Gaus, of the Lake-Noxen Elementary School, was recognized at the event for excellence in teaching and inspirational work in the classroom.

Tracey Halowich received the “Guardian Angel Award” which recognized her for her assistance to Misericordia University student teachers on assignment in the district.

The board, with extreme regret, accepted the letter of retirement from Maureen Doerfler, elementary teacher, effective June 30, 2014.

The class of 2014 raised over $38,000 from senior projects that will be given to needy charities. In the past five years, the school’s senior projects have raised over a half a million dollars for deserving charities.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 14.

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