The Council expresses financial concerns about the renovation of the Homer City Pool News

CENTER GORED – Members of the Homer-Center school board said it could take up to $ 200,000 to repair the Homer City pool to fix liner and concrete problems.

The concern of the pool was discussed on Thursday during a regular board meeting.

According to school board member Michael Schmidt, the pool may need major repairs to stay open. Replacing the liner alone will cost $ 100,000, this is the total annual budget of the parks and recreation center in Homer. Straightening concrete can cost an additional $ 100,000. However, Schmidt explained that liner and concrete problems do not make the pool unsafe to use.

Schmidt said the council is looking for less expensive solutions to repair the concrete and is also allocating money to complete the entire project.

“We know since the pool was built in the 1940s, there are some specific issues that need to be addressed,” Schmidt said. “We don’t know how much it will cost because you don’t know until you take down the liner.”

Schmidt said that if the school district receives a grant to implement the project, the lining and concrete of the pool could be repaired by next year.

Meanwhile, according to Schmidt, the pool should open on the last school day (June 2) before the last week of August. The pool is open to all, and a pool fee or pass is required to enter.

“You (can) buy an annual season ticket to the family pool, you can only get it for the student (and we have rates for seniors,” Schmidt said. “If you paid for a family of four, daily admission, it would cost $ 2,000 (per year). … Season tickets to the pool cost about $ 275, $ 280 a year.

On other agenda items, the board recognized three students for achievements in the classroom and beyond.

Isaac Türk was awarded the senior of one month; William Jones, 9th grade, received the Wildcat Recognition Award for his “exceptional honesty and character,” among others; and Andrew Sentmiclos, 6th grade, received the Wildcat Recognition Award for being a comprehensive “kind, respectful and responsible” person.

According to Board President Michael Bertig, board member Joseph Jesse on Thursday left the Homer-Center school board to spend more time with family. Jim McLaughlin, who served on the board for 16 years before leaving in November, rejoins the board to take Jesse’s place.

Also on Thursday, council members approved:

• 72 seniors for graduation

• Annual field audit report of the district

• A proposal from the American insurance company ACE to cover cyber liability for the 2022-2023 academic year in the amount of $ 5,365. That’s $ 1,096 more than the previous year

• Depositories of School District Funds for the 2022-23 School Year: First Commonwealth Bank, S&T Bank, PLGIT (Pennsylvania Local Government Insurance Fund) and PSDLAF (Pennsylvania School District Liquid Assets Fund)

• Arranging Caleb Simmons as a summer student service worker with a salary of $ 10.50 per hour before receiving the necessary documents

• Abby Novak as Deputy Music Teacher for the 2021-22 academic year, retrospective until May 9, 2022.

• Eric Faust as a volunteer football coach for the 2022-23 season before obtaining the necessary permits

• Hire Beth Catchall as head volleyball coach for the 2022-2023 season with an additional salary of $ 3,898.68

• Briana Major enjoys the school canteen and main lobby for spring junior dance from 7pm to 10pm on Friday 27 May

• Have Nathan Williams of Back to Nature make a presentation on bees for Nicole Neal and third graders to complete their curriculum

• Rachel Krelik as a backup bus driver for the 2021-22 school year

• Contract with the Emergency Medical Service for the provision of emergency medical services from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 in the amount of $ 5,400

• Appointment of Michael Schmidt as treasurer of the council with a scholarship of $ 900, which Schmidt donates back to the district

• Appointment of Gerald Bertig as Assistant Treasurer

• Consortium of guest teachers ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 for the 2022-2023 academic year in the amount of $ 500

• Acceptance of a donation of $ 750 from the PASR (Association of School Pensioners) at the Homer-Center School District Library

• Business Manager Contract, valid from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027, with a starting salary of $ 93,000

• Allocation of $ 37,204.82 for future capital projects as a “Balance Sheet” under the General Fund in accordance with the Homer Center School District Balance Sheet Policy

• Proposal by the Beard Legal Group in response to a request from the District Legal Services (RFP) to serve as an attorney for the Homer Center School District

• U.S. Fire Insurance Company’s proposal for interschool sports insurance and voluntary student accident insurance in the 2022-23 school year is $ 7730.00, which is not an increase over last year.

• Three faculty and one student-athlete will take part in and compete in the state athletics competitions May 26-28 at the University of Schippensburg, which will cost the county $ 1404 and two substitutes for two days

• Acceptance of the resignation of Matthew Wilson, head coach of softball, at the end of the 2021-2022 season.

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