Hanover Area holds brief special meeting for required financial moves

By Mark Guydish - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — In a short special meeting Wednesday, Hanover Area approved several financial motions that, after the meeting, President John Mahle said had to be taken care of before the next regularly meeting Aug. 6. The most important, he added, was a contract for fuel purchases with Talley Petroleum for 2019-20.

That agreement comes through the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Consortium. Based in Northumberland County,CSIU is one of 29 intermediate unites set up by the state to serve surrounding schools. Kingston-based Luzerne Intermediate Unit serves Luzerne and Wyoming Counties, but CSIU acts as administrator for two purchasing consortiums created to lower costs through larger buying power.

The agreement approved Wednesday is for 23,000 gallons of 87-octane gasoline at a fixed price of $2.6013 per gallon, and 21,000 gallons of diesel at $2.7751 per gallon.

The board also approved an annual lease with the Luzerne Intermediate Unit for the Lyndwood Elementary School, closed in 2011 but re-opened several years ago to house Head Start and LIU classes. By law, intermediate units cannot own classroom space.

And the board made the following personnel moves:

• Appointed Gene Bly to maintenance at the junior/senior high school at $11 an hour. Paul Holmgren abstained, saying after the meeting that Bly is a relative on his wife’s side.

• Accepted the resignation of J. Christopher Malocheski as band/fusion director.

• Accepted the letter of intent from special education teacher Deborah Yatko to retire under this year’s Voluntary Employee Separation Program (VESP), an early retirement incentive. This year’s VESP was approved at the May 30 meeting and was available for only one month. It offered either a single lump sum payment of $12,000 or up to three additional years of health insurance coverage up to age 65. That is in addition to seven years of health coverage already available to retirees after sufficient years in the district.

• Appointed Adriana Herrera and Patricia Brennen to cleaner positions at $10 per hour.

• Filled the following coaching posts: Jocelyn Holidick Reed head varsity field hockey at $3,123; Stacy Malia assistant varsity field hockey at $1,530, Michaela Halesey junior high field hockey at $1,530, and Edward Lewis head girls varsity soccer at $3,123. Lewis is a Times Leader reporter.

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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