No changes are made to calendar


First Posted: 3/25/2012

Despite parents’ requests, the Lake-Lehman School Board will not make changes to this year’s academic schedule.

A resolution to change the 2011-12 calendar was printed on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, but Superintendent James McGovern said it was removed from the recommended action list because of a lack of board support.

The graduation date is set for June 13, seven days after the last day of school. The date is often further from the last day of school in case there is need to add extra days to the calendar for snow and other cancellations throughout the year.

For example, the 2012-13 calendar approved on Monday evening sets June 3 as the last day of school and June 7 as graduation. McGovern said if there aren’t any snow days, the date could be changed next year.

Parent Amy Spess said the 2011-12 graduation date should be moved to June 6 to correspond with students’ schedules.

McGovern said there were several issues at hand, from students’ families making plans to the cost of transporting kids to and from graduation practices throughout the week. He also said there’s a chance the week-long break in between the dates could affect graduation attendance.

He said he never expected the winter to be as mild as it was after the two tropical storms that delayed the start of school a week in late August and early September. The school calendar had enough days scheduled to make up for this occurrence.

McGovern said the issue would have to have been voted on Monday because a graduation date change in April would be too short of a notice for students’ families.

McGovern also announced a Vera Bradley bingo event that was set for March 24 at the high school. Vera Bradley handbags were to be chanced off during the event, which benefits the Last Knight Lock-In. McGovern said if $5,000 is raised, he will shave his head.

“I want everybody to go, but not really,” he said, laughing.

He also acknowledged the following students for winning awards in the 31st Rossetti Art Competition at Luzerne County Community College: Kristen Boyle won the Bradford Award for Excellence, Cayle Spencer won the Award for Acrylic, Danae Sutliffe won two Bristle Brush Awards for Detail and the Rosemary Engle Memorial Award, Sela Fine won the Award for Excellence in Landscape; Callie Grey won the Triple Blue Society Award for Creativity, the Award for Best Use of Color in Water Media and a $250 Senior Art Scholarship, Austin Shultz won the Swetland Insurance Agency Award for Excellence, Hanna Cross won the George Fillman Memorial Award and the Award for Excellence in Portraiture; Meghan Maccarone won the Louise Rossetti Award; and Micayla Grey won the Award for Floral Imagery.

McGovern said 43 Lake-Lehman students’ works are on display at the Schulman Gallery until March 28.

In other news, the board …

• Approved the resignation of elementary librarian Barbara Wall at the end of the school year.

• Appointed the following elementary substitutes: Carrie Bella, of Harveys Lake, and Jenny Saccone, of Swoyersville.

• Appointed the following nurse substitutes: Debra Casterline, of Shickshinny, and Jennifer Schell, of Wyoming.

• Appointed the following coaches for the 2011-12 school year: Katlyn Cibello, of Wilkes-Barre, as assistant boys’ volleyball coach with a stipend of $1,800.72, Sherry Metz, of Harveys Lake, as junior high softball coach with a stipend of $2,592, John Ferdinand, of Shavertown, as varsity assistant softball coach with a stipend of $2,592.60, John Headman, of Dallas, as volunteer assistant softball coach, Wayne Meeker, of Hunlock Creek, as volunteer junior high softball coach, John Davis, of Harveys Lake, as volunteer baseball coach, Robert Mitkus as junior high assistant track and field coach with a stipend of $2,592, Scott Summa as volunteer track and field coach, Brandon Colletti, of Hunlock Creek, as volunteer track and field coach, Tara Sears, of Wyoming, as varsity assistant cheerleading coach with a stipend of $1,500.24, and Jessica Parsons, of Wilkes-Barre, as volunteer indoor percussion instructor.

• Authorized requests for proposals for two nine-passenger vans and a 24-passenger gasoline-powered bus.

• Authorized a refund of paid taxes to the following property owners as determined by the court order of the Luzerne County Board of Assessment Appeals: Gerald and Ann McNulty for two properties located in Harveys Lake in the amounts of $447.98 and $456.36, and Chester Jr. and Heather Browski for a property located in Lake Township in the amount of $307.13.

• Exonerated the following individuals from payment of the 2011 per capita tax: Laura Lohmann, of Ross Township, Jaime Wesley, of Ross Township, and Robert Perry of Ross Township.

• Authorized a refund of $100.53 to Jeffrey Hosle, of Harveys Lake, for homestead exemption.

• Authorized a refund of paid property taxes to the following Ross Township property owners due to abatements issued at the close of the 2011 tax collection period: Walter and Elenor Buda for $375.96, Carl and Geraldine Bruns for $166, Thomas and Marie DeAngelo for $81.34, Helen Hankey for $23.78, Russell and Shirley Major for $524.04 and $39.90, Dale and Catherine Masters for $8.67, Joseph Sabaluski for $296.72 and Cherub and Jo Straigis for $424.95.

• Approved a renewal of the agreement with the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to utilize the district facilities as an emergency shelter during a disaster.

• Approved and executed a settlement agreement and release between the Lake-Lehman School District and parent of student No. 861149 on behalf of said student.

• Approved the settlement agreement in the matter of Sharon John vs. the Lake-Lehman School District, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission case number 200906378, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case number 17F201161411.

• Authorized business manager Albert Melone and Co. to advertise for bids for the 2012-13 tax anticipation note.

• Authorized administration to utilize the Landmark Community Bank Visa Card for the purpose of immediate purchasing, emergency purchasing and registration purchasing with no annual fee or associated cost to the district, including a cash rebate incentive program.

• The next Lake-Lehman School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 16 in the junior/senior high school library.


McGovern said there were several issues at hand, from students’ families making plans to the cost of transporting kids to and from graduation practices throughout the week. He also said there’s a chance the week-long break in between the dates could affect graduation attendance.


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