Saint Clair Area to again reimburse Pottsville Area on middle school athletics

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Jun. 10—POTTSVILLE — Athletic programs at D.H.H. Lengel Middle School will be partially covered by the Saint Clair Area School District under a pact approved by both school boards.

Pottsville Area board members Wednesday approved the agreement with Saint Clair Area for it to reimburse the Pottsville Area School District 25% of the cost of football, girls' basketball, wrestling, boys' and girls' track, and cross country at D.H.H. Lengel Middle School for the upcoming school year. It is effective July 1.

Voting in favor of the agreement were board President Noble C. "Bud" Quandel and board members Jerome Urban, Linda Wytovich, Ashley DeWitt, Craig Shields, Christina DiCello, Pat Moran and Michael Cardamone. Board Vice President Ann Blankenhorn was absent.

Under a PIAA cooperative agreement, Saint Clair Area students can participate in the sports at Pottsville Area. Members of the Saint Clair Area school board approved the agreement last week, Superintendent Sarah Yoder said.

Officials in the districts approved a similar agreement last year, in which Saint Clair Area reimbursed Pottsville Area for the cost of not only all middle school sports, but also high school golf and tennis. Pottsville Area officials recommended eliminating all middle school sports in last year's budget, but the agreement kept them.

Yoder said the programs were not in danger of being cut this year. Rather, because Saint Clair Area students participate in them, she said the district decided to continue contributing to the cost of the sports.

In addition, board members voted unanimously to transfer $150,000 in revenue from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund grant to the cafeteria fund.

In other business, board members took the following actions:

—Agreed to authorize board Secretary Patricia Lombel to advertise a bid for a metal panel roof and Elastomeric wall covering for Martz Hall. Bids will be due no later than 3 p.m. June 30. Urban said the project was planned for last year, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and re-advertised.

—Named Gregory Schuettler as dean at the middle school, effective Thursday. He was previously the school's acting dean.

—Recalled Lloren Reichert from the district's furlough list to teach Spanish at Pottsville Area High School next school year, with a salary of $51,297. She succeeds David Hannum, whose retirement board members approved.

—Voted unanimously to advertise for a school counselor at John S. Clarke Elementary Center, with a Pennsylvania school counselor certification required for it.

—Approved a contract with Daniel Slotterback to serve as an athletic trainer from July 1 to June 30, 2022.

—Named Garland Communications Systems Inc. as Voice over Internet Protocol, or VOIP, provider for the district, at a cost of $99,150.08.

Urban said the district received more than 20 different proposals for the vendor.

—Approved the Emergency Instructional Time Template and A-TSI School Improvement Plan for the upcoming school year.

Quandel announced at the start of the meeting that face masks are not required at meetings for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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