KENWOOD — A long-vacant one-time elementary school location in Alverda is going on the block.
At its meeting Thursday night, the Penns Manor Area School District’s board of directors voted 7-0 to advertise “a certain lot of property situated in Alverda, Pine Township, (also known in) Indiana County Tax Assessment Records as Parcel No. 33-21-200,” covering approximately 160 feet by 280 feet.
The resolution said the property on which Alverda Elementary School once stood “is hereby determined to be unused and unnecessary land,” and the board was authorizing its sale.
The resolution selling the Alverda property was part of a fast-paced meeting Thursday.
The board gave its blessing to the proposed $3,507,939 ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 general operating budget for 2020-21, of which the district’s share will be $22,515, down $438 from its share of the 2019-20 ARIN budget.
It also approved continued participation in ARIN’s Pregnant and Parenting Teens program in 2019-20, at $900, the same cost as last year; and a memorandum of understanding with Indiana County Head Start Inc. for a continued agreement to allow students to go to Head Start for half a day, then to Penns Manor Pre-K for half a day.
It entered into a one-year, $3,400 agreement with Wilson Language Training of Oxford, Mass., for materials and professional learning needed for Fundations Level 3 courses in which other districts will participate and offset the contract cost with paid registrations; and a $1,178.36 agreement with Cummings Sales and Service for annual generator maintenance.
It approved a $2,936.41 stipend to the ALPHA Program of the Community Guidance Center in Indiana for mental health therapy and academic assistance of Penns Manor students during 2019-20; and an agreement with Ignite Education Solutions to provide a Spanish teacher to fill a vacancy created by a board-approved leave.
The board also considered a wide range of personnel matters, approving:
• Amanda Cessna as a full-time instructional assistant at a rate of $10.95 per hour, replacing Cassandra Casper whose resignation was accepted with regret, and opening up Cessna’s former role as a cafeteria monitor to be posted and advertised.
• Kayla Gillo as head varsity volleyball coach at a $4,000 salary and Janessa Hardesty as junior high head volleyball coach at a $2,890 salary.
• Resignations from boys’ assistant baseball coach Andrew Lansberry, junior high school football head coach Robert McCombs Jr. and assistant coach Lee Kuzemchak, though his position was and will be advertised as being for “junior high football head coach 1.”
• The retirement of professional staffer Mary Beth Palilla at the end of the 2019-20 school year, after being employed by the district since Jan. 12, 1995.
• Adding as day-to-day substitutes pre-kindergarten to 12 and music teacher Aaron Keith and guest teacher Susan Morris.
• John Hardesty Jr. and Janessa Hardesty as fitness center monitors on an as-needed basis at the rate of $7.25 per hour.
• Kathy Dumm and Brian Long as additional Tri-County bus drivers for 2019-20.
The board also approved an unpaid leave for an employee identified only as “No. 722” from April 2 to May 29; and a lump sum payment, if funds are available, for Dan Antonacci and Beth Palilla for their summer salary work at the end of the school year.
Superintendent Daren K. Johnston said March 20 will be a class day, making up for a snow day last week.
The board recognized Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Student of the Month Alycia Zayachak; Keira Brady for taking second place in the Elks Americanism Essay Contest; and Connor Antonio, Allison Johnson and Anna Buggy to represent Penns Manor in this year’s PMEA District Band.
It also recognized Indiana County Technology Center winners from Penns Manor in the Skills USA District Competition: Marlee Adams for first place in medical terminology; and Connor Antonio, Cody Kranik and Dalton Nichol for fourth place in welding fabrication.
And it recognized the high school girls’ basketball team for winning the 2019-20 Heritage Conference championship.