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February 16. 2013 4:37PM
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WILKES-BARRE – While a pre-meeting serving of federal subpoena's may have dominated Wilkes-Barre Area School Board's monthly meeting Wednesday, the board worked through the agenda with no noticeable change in behavior, despite the presence of two Secret Service agents in the audience.


With school starting in a few weeks, the board approved six contracts for various pupil services from different agencies, OK'd a contract for transportation services for students attending the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh, and approved change orders in a contract for the replacement of a leaky water main at Meyers High School, at a net cost of nearly $3,690.


The board voted to pay about $3,400 to have the artificial turf at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium cleaned and refurbished, but decided to delay any vote on purchasing a $7,102 machine that would be used regularly after the turf is refurbished.


The board appointed Mark Umpred as teacher from long-term substitute; Sara Kwarcinski, Jessica Polakoski, Janna Michael, Edward Rabel, Barbara Sieminski and Jennifer Jones as teachers; Michael Elias as Meyers principal; Patrick Peters as Meyers substitute assistant principal; Wendy Girmen, Samantha Page, Corey Brenner and Glenn Zimmerman as full-time substitute teachers.


The board reinstated three junior high athletic directors, Christa Galella at Solomon/Plains, Jeff Labatch at GAR and Frank Correale Hanso at Meyers, due to the return of seventh- and eighth-grade sports. Stephanie Ball was named Coughlin girls volleyball head coach.


And the board accepted, though it did not discuss, a revised written hiring policy. It had been publicly unveiled in July and was revised after some public input. It will be voted into the minutes at the next meeting and made public for another 30-day review.


Board President Maryanne Toole gave Namey a large glass sculpture and certificate commemorating his 42 years of work in the district. He is set to retire at the end of the month.




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