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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Citizens question school board

  • HONESDALE — Two area citizens questioned the Wayne Highlands School Board during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
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  • HONESDALE — Two area citizens questioned the Wayne Highlands School Board during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Carol Santos addressed the board first and wanted to know how the local district handles mandates from the state.
    "Do districts meet with anyone when bills are brought up" said Santos.
    Superintendent Greg Frigoletto said district officials do contact representatives to discuss legislation.
    Santos asked Frigoletto if when they meet, do issues like economic circumstances and the state of taxpayers come up.
    "What about what is going on in the state, the nation?" she asked.
    "All these issues are brought up," said Frigoletto.
    "I don't think all of your representatives and senators do know what's going on," said Santos.
    "I feel, locally, our representatives are very well educated," said Frogoletto. "I do think they bring these thoughts to the table."
    "Do you ever say 'no,' we can't afford it?" said Santos about mandates.
    Frigoletto reminded Santos that the local representatives are only a small part of the entire legislature.
    Resident Tom Atkinson asked the board about the upcoming negotiations between the board and the teacher's union. He asked who would be the representatives for the board.
    Board president Tom Fasshauer said he would be on the team along with Frigoletto, Lothar Holbert and board member Kathleen Grandjean.
    Atkins suggested that an "average citizen" representing the taxpayers be placed on the committee.
    "We are the garden variety taxpayers," said Fasshauer.
    Atkins also told the board he thinks the accumulation of sick and personal days by teachers is something which needs to be eliminated.
    "That's costing us an awful lot of money," said Atkins. "There's something wrong someplace."
    Fasshauer said all issues will be discussed during the negotiations.
    "Everything is going to be discussed," he said.
    Seniors honored
    Three Honesdale High School seniors were honored Tuesday night by the board.
    Sarah Asinari is the daughter of Robert and Cathleen Asinari of Honesdale.
    She ranks in the top 5 percent of her class. Asinari has participated in American Mathematics Contest Scholastic Bowl Team, fourth place in the Science Olympiad, mock trial team, peer mediator, National Honor Society president, honor roll and is a volunteer at the St. John Evangelist Catholic Parish.
    After high school, she plans to study Russian language and linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.
    She thanked her parents for "always being there for me" and her teachers for "always challenging me."
    Braden Frigoletto is the son of Michael and Michele Frigoletto of Honesdale.
    Page 2 of 2 - He, too, ranks in the top 5 percent of his class and plans to study mechanical engineering after high school.
    In school, he was named the most improved junior varsity boys player in golf, participated in American Mathematics Contest, mock interviews, NEPA bridge building, People to People student ambassador, honor roll, National Honor Society and Scholastic Bowl.
    Frigoletto, too, thanked his parents for supporting him during his high school career. He also thanked golf coach Dan O'Neill for making the golf team an enjoyable experience.
    Emma Spittel is the daughter of Karin Hemkes of Honesdale and Michael Spittel of Beach Lake.
    She is in the top 5 percent of her class and has been accepted to Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., where she will work toward a bachelors in pre-medicine in order to further pursue a career in holistic medicine.
    Some of her accomplishments include American Mathematics Contest, mock interviews, student council (including homeroom representative, member at large, president, Santa's Workshop, food pantry community service, Lakeside and Stourbridge book fairs), Gold Key Scholastic Arts, Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, AFG student representative, honor roll and National Honor Society, where she serves as the blood drive chairperson.
    Spittel said she has "loved every minutes" of her high school career.
    "I am one of those nerds who just loves school," she quipped.
    Fasshauer, speaking for the board, told the students the board appreciates what they have done.
    "You all had to be extremely dedicated," he said.
    He said the district is "all about the opportunity to excel" and the students have shown what they can do given the tools.
    Other business
    In other matters:
    • The board approved hiring Maria Knapp as a substitute teacher along with Elizabeth Hattersley and Linda Van Duren as substitute nurses.
    • Granted child rearing leaves to Jennifer Burleigh and Martha Curtis.
    • Noted the board will have an audit review meeting for fiscal 2011-12 at noon on Friday, Dec. 7 in the board room. That meeting is open to the public.
    • Announced a special board meeting will take place on Jan. 16 to discuss the budget. That meeting will be at noon and is open to the public.
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