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February 16. 2013 2:34PM
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KINGSTON -- Superintendent Charles Suppon announced Wednesday the district is in the process of setting up its own cyber school in conjunction with Seneca Valley School District.

The plan is for Wyoming Valley West to eventually run its own cyber school independently.

One current cyber school student spoke to the board about her inability to participate in extra-curricular activities at Wyoming Valley West.

Board member Thomas Pieczynski said that by joining the cyber school she had removed herself from the district.

He said this was one of the reasons the district wanted to set up its own cyber school. District cyber students will be able to participate fully in district activities and receive a Wyoming Valley West diploma.

In other matters:

• Suppon assured residents and board members that in spite of rumors to the contrary all district schools will open on Sept. 4. He praised staff members for working hard to make sure that the State Street School renovations will be completed in time for the first day of school.

• Resident Charles Urban of Kingston questioned the board about its refusal to host a conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Taxpayers PCTA, a group in favor of eliminating property taxes in favor of increased sales taxes. Board members told Urban the cost of sponsoring the meeting was the reason for the denial.

Board president John Gill told Urban, "I don't think there's any group of people who understand better how unfair property taxes are than this board."

All juniors will be affected by the transition from PSSA competency testing to Keystone end-of-course testing.

A parents' information night will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the high school.

Board members were surprised when a resident complained that the girls soccer team wasn't scheduled to practice on turf in the fall.

Board members said this was a decision by the athletic director. "We'll get to the bottom of this," Pieczynski said.

Pringle Street Elementary and Main Street Elementary in Plymouth are now officially closed.

Scott Coates was appointed as district music department chairperson.

Megan Wilski Schneider was appointed middle school band director.

What's next

The next Wyoming Valley West School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

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