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KENWOOD — Penns Manor Area School District’s board of directors voted Thursday night to approve three contracts totaling nearly $6,000 for new air conditioning equipment.

The largest contract, for $5,300 to J.L. Dumm Plumbing and Heating, will cover a new condenser/evaporator for the elementary copy room, where an existing device is deemed non-repairable.

Other activity focuses on the roof, where Altoona/ Blair Roofing netted a $400 contract for relocating roof curbing for a new condenser unit and K&K Electric won a $275 contract to relocate power for that rooftop condensing unit.

Three board actions affect agricultural education at Penns Manor. One was to approve corrections found in an state Bureau of Career and Technical Education audit of the district’s Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences Program.

The other actions dealt with replacement of a resource person for the Vocational Agricultural program. Carrie Patterson’s resignation was accepted and Keith Long was hired on the basis of 954 hours’ work at $9 per hour.

The board also approved for the 2019-20 school year:

• Hiring Olivia Anna as high school musical director at a salary of $3,744.37; Kathleen Dumm as a three-hour-a-day elementary cafeteria monitor effective Wednesday, at $7.25 an hour for a probational period of 60 workdays, then $10 per hour after those 60 workdays; and Rebecca Hudak as boys assistant track coach, pending all clearances and required training, at a salary of $2,890.18.

• Adding guest teachers Deborah Black, Vickie Deyarmin and Allison Houser as day-to-day substitutes, pending receipt of all current clearances; and drivers Amanda Hart, John McConnell and Kevin Douglas and aide Nancy Hill for Tri-County Transportation.

• An agreement with Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission to a drug and alcohol student assistance program liaison, at no cost to the district.

In addition, a one-day agreement was approved with VNA Professional Nursing Services at $43 an hour, and resignations were accepted from Janell Mason as a health assistant effective Oct. 17, Clarence Johnston as an assistant girls track coach and Chris Zayachak as boys junior high head basketball coach.

Policies were approved dealing with facilities and workplace safety, building security, emergency preparedness and response, and relations with law enforcement agencies. First reading was given to another policy, dealing with school security personnel.

Superintendent Daren J. Johnston announced that Monday would be an Act 80 day, with no classes for students, but teachers will be dealing with various matters including training in Google Suite and Google Classroom apps for educational purposes.

There was a six-minute executive session for personnel matters, and two students of the month were honored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association: Makenna Tinsman for September and Tommy Letso for October.