That “The state of the district is good” Heading to the school’s opening day, scheduled for August 29, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, Superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District.
Bowers told the school board this week that the district has a full roster of professional staff for the upcoming school year. However, there is still a need for assistants.
“Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to bring professional staff on board. Many districts in the Commonwealth cannot claim that.” he added, citing the shortage of professional staff that has plagued many districts, including others in the region.
Bowers reported that 323 students are enrolled in the kindergarten and encouraged parents who have not enrolled their children to do so.
Fall sports began in the district this week, with Bowers saying about 90 students had gone to soccer that year.
“We’re starting to get that feeling. Things are in full swing and the schools are looking good,” he said.
Under personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of Bonnie M. Maddox, full-time administrative support, and Jill P. Yaple, full-time library assistant, both for retirement purposes.
The following people were hired: Alexis S. Llewellyn, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Alicia N. Differ, full-time K-12 district director, $93,000; Candice Sampson, full-time 1st grade teacher, Cochran Primary School, $53,633; Christina Bowers, middle school teacher (task and location to be determined), $53,633; Colton T. Miller, full-time groundsman/janitor, high school; Danae M. Roles, long-term substitute teacher effective August 24 through first semester, primarily at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School, $53,633; Daykeema Sessoms, full-time assistant, Curtin Intermediate School; Eric P. Holz, longtime substitute teacher, principally at Williamsport Area Middle School, $53,633; Gerardo Pena, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Hannah Bitler, full-time 2nd grade teacher, Jackson Primary School, $53,633; Hope Woolway, longtime substitute teacher, principally at Cochran Primary School, $53,633; Loriann E. Rose, full-time 5th grade teacher, Curtin Intermediate School, $60,923; Nancy L. Hamilton, full-time administrative support; Rachael L. Eck, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Taron D. Dinkins, part-time assistant, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School; Charles M. Goodmond Jr. and Karen Gerardi, Assistant Administrative Support/Assistants, $12 per hour; Don Smith, James Gardner, Joshua Rogers, Ronald Shellhammer, Tammy Robbins, and Tyler Henry, non-certified substitute teachers, $90 per day for the first 45 days and $110 per day for days after the 45th day; up to a maximum of 180 days per year; Erika Edler, substitute teacher, $120 per day for the first 45 days and $130 per day for any time thereafter with a maximum of 180 days per year.
The admission of a school social worker was approved. The position is initially financed by a school scholarship.
The following financial items were approved:
• Purchased chairs for the Curtin Intermediate School at a cost of approximately $5,500.
• Purchased door hardware to upgrade doors in Cochran Primary from Nelson Installations LLC, Jersey Shore at a cost of $15,560.
As part of the syllabus, the Board approved:
• The purchase of Edgenuity for the 2022-23 school year virtual academy at a cost of $85,250. This includes 31 full-time places across six courses, with additional places available if needed at an additional $275 per course per semester.
• Renewal purchase of full Edgenuity site licenses for grades 6-12 for the 2022-23 school year at a cost of $42,000. The costs are paid from course funds.
• An agreement with the US Center for SafeSport to provide an online training program for all current and new coaches hired in the district. The cost is $20 per bus; The certification is valid for two years. The costs are paid through the budget of the sports department.
• The purchase of 33 Verkada door access controllers, 33 Verkada 4AH backup batteries, 130 Verkada card readers and 130 Verkada Access Control Cloud licenses from Gov Connection Inc., Merrimack, NH for a total cost of $233,206. The door access controls, cards, readers and access control licenses integrate with the district surveillance camera system to create a safer school environment. The costs are paid through the school safety subsidy.
• The purchase of seven Verkada guest licenses from Gov Connection Inc., Merrimack, NH for a total cost of $100,000. Verkada Guest is a visitor management system integrated with the district’s security camera system to create a safer school environment. The cost is paid from the School Safety Grant and district funds.
• The purchase of 450 Zoom Edu licenses from Zoom Inc., San Jose, California for a total cost of $19,552. The Zoom licenses will be used to provide distance learning and video conferencing for the 2022-23 school year. The costs are paid from district funds.
• The 2022-23 Tuition Agreement with New Story School (Selinsgrove) to provide a student with special educational needs with all related services at a rate of $397 per day. The costs are paid from the special school budget
• The purchase of 1,575 site licenses from IXL for the 2022-23 school year for a total cost of $17,463. The cost is paid through the elementary, secondary, and special education budgets.
The Board of Directors will next meet on September 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the District Service Center, 2780 W. Fourth St.