UNION TWP. – At Wednesday’s monthly meeting, the North West Region School Board gave the green light to a project by student Michael Evans to build a 20ft by 30ft pavilion outside the middle school for his Eagle Scout project.
Dressed in his Boy Scout uniform, Evans said the plan was to hold fundraisers, seek donations from vendors and possibly seek commercial sponsorships to offset the costs. The council agreed to pay approximately $1,059 in permit fees.
The board also voted to implement a long-standing but unused policy regarding public comment at meetings. The policy limits individuals to 3 minutes on any topic. The policy allows the speaker or president to end a comment ‘if it is too long, personally directed, abusive, obscene or irrelevant’, ask a person to leave if they ‘do not observe reasonable decorum’ , requesting the assistance of law enforcement if a person becomes disorderly or requests a suspension or adjournment if “lack of public decorum interferes with the smooth conduct of the meeting”.
Rules can be waived with board approval.
Council chair Tara Biller said the council appreciated an increase in public participation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the policy relaunch was only to ensure everyone had a chance to get involved. to express, not to stifle participation.
In other actions, the council:
• Accepted the resignation of Heather Zegarski, Assistant Principal Secretary/Director of Athletics, and voted to advertise and post the position.
• Accepted the resignation of Dorinda McHenry, Grants Writer.
• Approved signage and advertising for Summer Enrichment Teachers, Science Teachers, a History Teacher, Summer School Instructors and Elementary Summer Academy Secretary, school nurse, cleaner, cafeteria workers and paraprofessionals.
• Appointment of Rick Cisney as a full-time maintenance position, Steven Cilino as a substitute maintenance position and Karamae Killian as a substitute teacher.
• Increase in the mileage reimbursement rate to 58.5 cents per mile, as set by the IRS, an increase of 2.5 cents.
Contact Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish