Last updated: June 24. 2014 11:27PM - 1954 Views
By Janine Ungvarsky Times Leader Correspondent

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PLAINS TWP — The newest program at Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center moved a step forward Monday when the school’s joint operating committee approved the hiring of the program’s teacher.

The committee hired Nicole Barletta to be the child care management services faculty member for the program approved at last month’s meeting. At the time of the approval, school administrators said the program would meet the needs of students by providing training and the ability to be certified in skills that local employers say they need.

In other employment related matters, the board appointed three full-time faculty members for the School of Practical Nursing, but it was not a unanimous vote.

The board first deadlocked 5-5 on a motion to table the three hirings, and the motion to table failed.

When the actual motion was voted on, it passed by a 6-4 margin, with board members Gene Mancini from Crestwood Area, Robert Raineri from Greater Nanticoke Area, John Mahle from Hanover Area and James Susek, Ned Evans and Denise Thomas from Wilkes-Barre Area voting for the motion and Martin Quinn and Bruce Knick from Pittston Area and Louis Elmy and John R. Quinn from Wilkes-Barre voting against it. Gary Smith from Greater Nanticoke was absent.

There was no discussion and none of the board members gave any reason for their votes, which ultimately approved Elaine Craig, Catherine Luksic and Ruth Weiscarger as members of the nursing faculty.

The board also approved several other matters related to the practical nursing program, including the practical nursing budget of $1,982,229, a summer contract for 75 hours of work for Janice Leiby to complete the practical nursing center landscaping, payment to Attorney Raymond Wendolowski in the amount of $287 for April legal services, and approval of the financial aid agreement with Hill Associates for $28,500 for the 2014-15 school year.

In other business, the board:

• Approved payment to Wendolowski in the amount of $2,725 for general legal services for April.

• Approved payment to Attorney Jack Dean in the amount of $1,888 for legal service in April.

• Reappointed Frank Majikes as a night school coordinator for 400 hours and Rosemary Frati as night school secretary for up to 225 hours.

• Accepted a letter of intent to retire from James Brislin, maintenance technician, effective April 30, 2015.

• The board also heard from local business owner Chris Schwartz, who presented a request to put a sign for his martial arts school on tech school property at the corner of Jumper Road and East Mountain Boulevard. Attorney Dean told Schwartz he would call him to discuss the sign proposal.

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