HEGINS – An energy company hoping to erect wind turbines in Hegins Township has reached out to the Tri-Valley School District, Superintendent Mark D. Snyder Ed.D., told the school board Wednesday.
Snyder said a representative from Clean Air Generation LLC had contacted him, and wanted to explore opportunities where CAG could assist the district. Snyder described the encounter as a “general discussion.”
Nick Cohen, CAG principal, said Thursday that his company was interested in supporting the community through the school district.
“I know the school district has a lot of needs. I feel there’s a real opportunity to get behind sustainable programs,” Cohen said.
He remarked about the success of the district’s existing agriculture program and about the common practice of teachers across the region reaching into their own pockets for classroom needs.
“A business like ours could help them out. I’ve seen school districts in other places and they’re consolidating. We want to try to sustain the school as it is,” Cohen said.
In other business, Snyder presented an honor roll certificate from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to director Jerry R. Beaver. Snyder said the PSBA recognizes board members for their dedication and contributions to their communities, first after eight years of service, and then every four years afterward. Beaver, who has served 12 years with the district, thanked the board for the recognition.
Director Diane C. Dietrich was absent.
Board member Carl D. Shankweiler made a motion that was seconded by Roger D. Heidlebaugh, and approved by the board. It expressed Tri-Valley’s opposition to the Schuylkill Technology Center board’s decision to boost the STC fund balance by $250,000. The STC board on Nov. 4 approved an increase in the Area Vocational Technical Schools fund balance from a maximum of $500,000 to a maximum of $750,000 to allow for an adequate working cash balance needed for operations.
Director Jennifer L. Reed noted she serves on the STC board as Tri-Valley’s representative.
In other action, the board approved:
• The adjusted daily rate of $2,980.35 for public transportation with Hegins Valley Transportation Inc. based on 178 days of transportation for the 2019-20 school year.
• Retroactively, to terminate student transportation contracts with Shelly Pielow, effective Oct. 4, as her run is no longer needed; and with Lori Sulouff, effective Oct. 31, as her schedule no longer allows for the commitment.
• Retroactively, to adjust the daily transportation rate for student transportation for Donna Coleman to $55 per day for the 2019-20 school year, effective Nov. 4.
• Several part-time positions for custodian, aide and spelling bee adviser.
• A letter of intent to retire from Connie Wehry, high school teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
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