Wyoming Valley West board starts demolition plans in motion

Last updated: August 14. 2013 11:27PM - 2312 Views
SUSAN DENNEY Times Leader Correspondent

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The School Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the middle school.

KINGSTON — The end is near for Main Street Elementary School in Plymouth.

At Wednesday night’s regular meeting, the Wyoming Valley West School Board voted for three resolutions that will result in the nearly 100-year-old building’s demolition.

The school, constructed around 1913, first served as a high school, then as a middle school and finally as an elementary school. The district closed the facility last year.

The district has authorized A+E Group Inc. to prepare bid documents for the demolition. Environmental Abatement Associates has been authorized to prepare bids for the abatement and remediation of hazardous materials at the site.

There are no plans for a future use for the site, said Business Manager Joe Rodriguez.

In other business, the board hired three teachers and an assistant principal for the middle school. Kristen Pechulis and Tiffany Swoboski were hired to teach English. Larry Little was hired as a special education teacher, and Jacob Sholtis was hired as an assistant principal for the middle school.

The board made minor changes to the tobacco-use policy for students. The policy will now include a ban on electronic cigarettes, vapor smoking devices and smokeless tobacco.

The board also changed the consequences for refusal to turn over an electronic device. According to the new policy, any student who refuses to turns over a device will incur a one-day, out-of-school suspension for insubordination.

The dress code has been changed to require students who wear leggings to also wear a tunic that meets the requirements for skirt length, which is between knee length and ankle length.

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