Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:27AM - 2240 Views
By Janine Ungvarsky Times Leader Correspondent

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PLAINS TWP. — A contract for the support staff at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center received tentative approval Monday night, but not all board members were in favor of it.

Directors Robert Raineri and Gary Smith from Greater Nanticoke Area and James Susek from Wilkes-Barre Area voted against the motion, and after the meeting Raineri said he opposed it because it did not include a health plan premium share for employees.

Raineri said Greater Nanticoke’s support staff pays 1.5 percent of its insurance premium and has for the past four to five years.

“If we apply premium sharing in our home school it should be done here,” Raineri said.

Board members Ned Evans, Bruce Knick, Martin Quinn, John Quinn, Louis Elmy and Denise Thomas voted in favor of the contract. Gene Mancini and John Mahle were absent.

The board unanimously approved closing the school’s fashion program at the end of the year and instituting a child care and support services management program for next school year. Assistant Principal Anthony Guariglia said the change in no way reflected on the quality of the fashion program, noting the teacher “did a fantastic job” with the students.

“This is about moving forward and meeting the needs of the market and industry,” Guargilia said, noting that there is already significant student interest in the class, including several students who were in the fashion program.

The next step, he said, is to apply to the state for approval of the new program.

In other business, the board approved payment of $30,280 to Apollo Group for services related to the practical nursing school project, minus $7,200 that will be held until the completion of punchlist items.

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