Luzerne Intermediate Unit elects officers for 2018-19

By Mark Guydish - [email protected]
Peter Lanza, left, and David Usavage are sworn in as vice president and president, respectively, at a Luzerne Intermediate Unit board meeting Wednesday. - Mark Guydish | Times Leader

KINGSTON — David Usavage got all of about five minutes to leave the gavel behind and attend the Luzerne Intermediate Unit board meeting as just another member. Then, the board voted to give him another year as president, he was sworn in, and went back to running the meeting.

The board — comprised of representatives from the school boards of each district served by the LIU — unanimously elected the same officers for 2018-19 that served in 2017-18: Wyoming Valley West’s Usavage as president, Northwest Area’s Peter Lanza as vice president, Lake-Lehman’s Lorraine Farrell as secretary and Hanover Area’s Frank Ciavarella as treasurer. Farrell and Ciavarella receive the honor despite not being at the meeting.

Executive Director Tony Grieco told the board the annual golf tournament was a success and predicted the money raised will be enough to provide five post-secondary scholarships, the same as last year.

The actual meeting didn’t last much longer than the reorganization meeting that saw Usavage briefly leave the president’s seat. In a mater of minutes, the board unanimously approved a long list of contract and employment moves for the upcoming school year. The LIU provides a variety of services, particularly special education, for area school districts and non-public schools, and the contracts were related to those services.

The board also voted unanimously to send a letter of intent to withdraw from the Northeast Pennsylvania School District Health Trust. The trust is a consortium of area districts and education agencies formed to lower health insurance costs. It has become almost an annual ritual for most members to send a letter of intent to withdraw each summer. The move gives them the option to withdraw the following summer, but typically they opt to stay in.

Peter Lanza, left, and David Usavage are sworn in as vice president and president, respectively, at a Luzerne Intermediate Unit board meeting Wednesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_20180808_171848-3.jpgPeter Lanza, left, and David Usavage are sworn in as vice president and president, respectively, at a Luzerne Intermediate Unit board meeting Wednesday. Mark Guydish | Times Leader

By Mark Guydish

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Reach Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish

Reach Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish