NANTICOKE — The Greater Nanticoke School Board held a relatively quick meeting that included voting on three memoranda of understanding with unions, two of which passed and one which was rejected unanimously by the six members present.

One Memorandum of Understanding with the teachers union allows the district to hire a part-time speech pathologist this year without creating a fourth full-time position, Superintendent Ronald Gravero said. The move is intended to address an increased need that does not currently require a full-time therapist and may be temporary.

A second memorandum of understanding with the support staff union increased the total salary for the host/head chef in the dining room to $15. Gravero said the district has had a “very difficult time” getting lead workers in the cafeteria.

The rejected MOU was also with the support staff union and called for the creation of a personal care assistant position. Denying that request means the district will bring in a nurse from an outside agency if needed, Gravero said.

The board approved a $3,555 contract with Hillman Security & Fire Technologies to upgrade the school’s cameras. Gravero said they will be set up to work better together, increasing the ability to track where visitors can go. A separate proposal to improve the high school doors received initial approval from the board, which hired AE7 to prepare bids for the $17,400 job. Gravero said some of the doors are half a century old, and replacements will be more energy efficient and provide increased security.

The board also appointed coaches for the current school year: Carmelo Pioquinto Boys Soccer Assistant I Terry Schnee Swimming I Assistant Andy Kozlofsky Girls Volleyball II Scott Dennis Assistant Soccer II Taylor Zaweruch , as assistant color guard instructor I, and Debra Gavin, James Gavin and Andrew Kozlofsky as junior varsity volleyball coaches paid a split salary.

The board also:

• Approved deal with Hummer Turfgrass Systems, Inc. for $15,625 in cleaning and laser grading of the baseball field.

• Approved 13 change orders for the bypass and athletics project totaling $21,200. To carry out the works, it was necessary to obtain a permit from the nature protection district.

• Approved a deal to have Conrad Siegel’s firm complete Affordable Health Care Act reporting at a cost of $6,850.

• Appointed Mandy Gibson as an elementary teacher, Michelle Rondon as a janitor, Jennifer Barral as a math teacher for grades 7-12, Ingrid Duran as a cafeteria worker and James Nardon as a private contractor for home school visitors.

At the end of the meeting, Jamie Walsh, who does not live in the district but lives in the Lake Lemon School District, pointed out that the district did not post the agenda at least 24 hours before the meeting, as required by recent changes in state law. Grevero said the county usually releases the agenda more than 24 hours in advance, and praised the secretary who usually releases it, but acknowledged the county “dropped the ball” for this meeting.

Contact Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish

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