Board votes to refinance bonds worth $4.9 million


First Posted: 9/27/2009

The Dallas School Board approved a series of general obligation bonds in the amount of more than $4.9 million Monday night.

The bonds, which will be issued through PNC Bank, will be used to refinance bonds the district previously took out to build Wycallis Elementary School. The original bonds, issued in 1998, were also refinanced in 2003.

In another matter, the board learned from district building and grounds manager Mark Kraynack that change orders may be necessary to make additions to the high school construction project contract.

Kraynack said the contract for the project does not include security cameras for the new maintenance building. Kraynack also said cameras on the new high school will focus only on observation, not intrusion.

Some of the exterior doors to be installed on the school do not have contacts for burglary detection.

In addition, Kraynack said there will be a fiber optic issue related to the construction project. To open the new high school and demolish the existing one, fiber optic cables will have to be rerouted through the middle school to keep the Internet running in the district.

Bob Nesbit, of Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, told the board the high school project is on schedule. Nesbit said the retention pond is 95 percent complete, underground utility work is about 80 percent complete and the bus loop and exit is 75 percent complete.

The maintenance building is about two weeks behind due to soil issues.

RFP for structural engineer

Board member Dennis Gochoel wrote a request for a proposal for a structural engineer to determine the integrity of the old Dallas Township School, which is owned by the district. Board President Karen Kyle noted the board would like to demolish the building.

Superintendent Frank Galicki said that, if the structure is condemned, it is possible it may be demolished in conjunction with the existing high school in 2011.

Kraynack is going to examine the request for proposal before the board votes in October as to whether or not to put it out for bid.

Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services

An agreement was approved between the district and Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. three days per week at a per diem rate of $100. Galicki said Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services will provide educational and prevention programs and deal with student crises and interventions.

High school project payments

Payments related to construction of the new high school out of the capital projects fund were approved for the following companies: Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, professional services, $45,453.32; Charles H. Corby & Sons Excavating Inc., site work construction, $191,340; Lobar, Inc., general construction, $346,120.65; Midlantic Engineering, construction inspection services, $6,899; Middle Atlantic Inspections, Inc., temporary electric service inspection, $275; Central Clay Products, Inc., pipe and materials, $562.10; and Bassler Equipment Co., sign and materials, $802.46.

H1N1 flu vaccines

Galicki noted that the school district applied as a site for the administration of the H1N1 flu vaccine, reporting that Dallas is one of several school districts to do so.

Personnel

The following people were hired by the board: Rachel Sutliff, long-term substitute special education teacher; and Cynthia Saraka and Michael Coombs, housekeepers at $11.68 per hour; Matt Wilson, Sarah Wenner, Jennifer Shaver, Kim Cool, Cheryl Brocius and Michelle Maransky, learning support aides at $8.10 per hour; Pam Mingey, learning support aide at $8.85 per hour; Maria Pizzo, classroom aide at $8.10 per hour; John Harley, specialized one-to-one aide at $19 per hour; Dorene Moskaluk and Bonnie Weinstein, Title I Reading aides at $8.10 per hour; and Kristen Stallard, development first-grade aide at $8.10 per hour.

The following personnel were approved to staff the before and after-school math and reading tutorial program for the 2009-2010 school year: Rachel Hayes, Erin Lypka, Wynn Nardone, Dyan Nice, Leslie Plank, Marcus Sowcik, Nicole Valkenburg, Fred Weaver, Amy Williams, and Jenn Yanuskavich, $28.35 per hour; Linda Joseph, Marla Martin, Heather Pitcavage, Kim Smith and Michael Viglone, $33.95 per hour; Chris Baron and Kerry Speziale, $39.60 per hour.

Matthew Stretanski was appointed the pool manager for the current school year at the rate of $1,841 per athletic season.

Maria Brody was transferred from reading recovery team leader to a part-time reading teacher.

Matthew Kelly was approved as a volunteer football coach for the current athletic season.

A leave of absence was approved for Jessica Pasquini, high school English teacher, from Dec. 1, 2009 through May 21, 2010; and Jonelle Vaill, a middle school English teacher, from Jan. 4, 2010 through March 26, 2010.

The board also accepted resignations from the following employees: Russell Eyet, mathematics and computer teacher and coach; Danielle West, long-term substitute special-education teacher; Mary Ellen Dziadosz, classroom aide; Kimberly Kuzma, diving coach; Heidi Rac, long-term substitute speech therapist; and Tara Murphy, housekeeper.

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