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Plans for improvements to the Lake-Lehman athletic grounds made progress at the school board’s March 11 meeting at Lake-Noxen Elementary.

The board awarded the bid for replacement of the district’s artificial turf to A-Turf, Inc., of Lancaster. The bid was not to exceed $468,000 and includes the removal of existing turf and installation of a new 10mm elastic rubber pad with a 25- year warranty and artificial turf with a 12-year warranty.

The board also approved a motion to advertise for bids to resurface the artificial running track.

School District Superintendent James McGovern urged parents and residents to contact their state representatives about the grant package the district has submitted in conjunction with Jackson Township. The gaming grant would pay for the replacement of the turf as well as for other improvements, including a sand volleyball court and pavilion, two practice fields, an ice skating rink and a walking trail. The facilities would be used by the public as well as by the district.

After the meeting, McGovern stated the bid was $35,000 to $40,000 under what had been expected for the replacement turf.

McGovern was asked about his hopes for obtaining the gaming grant.

“If it goes by ambition and work, I’m 100 percent sure,” he said. He added that he realized there are many grant applications but said, “We’re extremely hopeful.”

McGovern also said that, even if the grant is awarded, the district will continue with the planned “Knight of Mayhem” fundraiser set for June 1.

Resident Kevin Salaway addressed the board by making what he called “an appeal for fairness.” He told the board about damage to his daughter’s vehicle by a snow plow on school district property. Salaway said he had been told the school district’s insurance did not cover the incident but that Salaway’s $500 insurance deductible would be paid by the district’s insurance.

Salaway said the claim against his insurance would adversely affect his rates. It was suggested by several members of the board to have the vehicle repaired by the West Side Career and Technical Ccenter auto repair department.

Kevin Koziol, of Harveys Lake, made a presentation about theSMARTsub, a company which assists school districts in finding and administering substitute teachers. Koziol is COO of theSMARTsub and explained benefits of the system to the board members and assembled residents.

Koziol said the sub program would make calls to potential substitute teachers, keep accurate records of all sub activity and charge school districts only for the actual number of substitute days used. A big part of Koziol’s program is his plan to return half the cost of the program to the district.

Board members approved the following coaching positions: John Sobocinski, head coach for track and field at a stipend of $3,843; C. Wayne Oplinger, head coach for softball at a stipend of $4254; D. Corey Brin, head coach for volleyball at a stipend of 4,254; and Matthew Ide, junior high assistant at a stipend of $2650.

The board accepted, with regret, the retirement notice of Regina Modrovsky, school nurse, effective the end of this school year.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 8 at Ross Elementary School.

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