The Wayne Highlands School Board met Monday night at the Preston School for their regular monthly meeting.

The Wayne Highlands School Board met Monday night at the Preston School for their regular monthly meeting.

At that meeting, three seniors were recognized for their achievements during their school careers in the district.

First to be honored was Erin Curtis.

Curtis is the daughter of Kevin and Bronwyn Curtis of Preston Park. She is in the top 10 percent of her class.

Curtis is active in many school activities, including concert and marching band, American Mathematics Contest, Interact Club, GATE, Student Council and National Honor Society. She has also been on the honor roll throughout her career.

Curtis thanked the school board for providing opportunities to participate in music, as well as academic opportunities.

"To my high school teachers, thank you for pushing me," she said.

Curtis plans to attend The University of Scranton to major in biology and Pre-Med.

The second honoree was Amanda Paduch. Paduch is the daughter of Kimberly Woolridge of Lakewood and is also in the top 10 percent of her class.

Paduch has participated in the American Mathematics Contest, Interact Club, the Reading Olympics, and is a Silver Key and Honorable Mention for the Scholastic Writing Competition.

Paduch is also a member of the National Honor Society and is on the honor roll.

Paduch thanked the board for being honored.

"It's nice to be honored for you academic achievements," she said. "We work really hard and, it's just so nice to be recognized."

Paduch is considering attending Unity College or Lock Haven University to possibly major in a field in the environmental sciences.

The final honoree was Noah Pietraszewski, son of Chris and Kathy Pietraszewski of Honesdale.

Pietraszewski is in the top five percent of his class, and is an active participant in many school activities.

He is involved in JV Soccer/Varsity Soccer, JV Baseball, Scholastic Arts-Honorable Mention, Mock Job Interviews and International Student Leadership Institute facilitator. He is also a member of St. John's Youth Group and the First Presbyterian Youth Group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, honor roll and the National Honor Society.

Pietraszewski thanked his parents for their support, and the board "for funding everything from the arts to athletics."

Pietraszewski plans to attend either the University of Notre Dame or Syracuse University to major in Environmental Engineering. He plans to pursue a master's in his field.

Building and grounds

The board made a motion to approve the Honesdale Area Schools blacktop change order in the amount of $4,500. Leeward Construction will repair a section of "structurally unsound areas inthe parking lot near the District Office." The motion passed unanimously.

A second motion was made by the board to approve the repair of a section of "sidewalk leading to the stairs adjacent" to the high school. The work will be done by Leeward Construction and will total $1,175.

Winter sports

Another topic of the board was the announcement of the coaches for the winter sports season.


Ryan Chulada, head coach

Joe Arnone, varsity assistant coach

Chad Schuman, junior high head coach

Matt Rickard, junior high assistant coach

Chris Carroll, Peter West, Matt Downey, Kyle Olver, Kyle Schuman and Rob Borkowski, volunteer assistants

Boys Basketball

Tim Wood, head coach

Mike Birmelin, Ken Hemmler, varsity assistant coaches

Maria West, freshman head coach

Mike Miller, junior high head coach

Bob Rogers, junior high assistant coach

Dave Semon, Ron Rowe, Andrew Rickard and Larry Patrisso, volunteers

Weight Training

Joe Luchansky, winter supervisor AM

Gordy West, winter supervisor PM


Holly Stanton, Judy Kich, PM supervisors

Cheerleading Advisors

Julie Becker, wrestling

Alisha Thompson, boys basketball

Korilynn Grady, volunteer

Kelly Millon, girls basketball

Ski Advisors

Bill Bigney, high school

Gene Hopkins, middle school

Roseanne Alexander, Damascus

Jenna Morgan, Preston

Damascus Basketball Program

Jim Rutledge, 7th and 8th grade boys coach

David Patrisso, 7th and 8th grade girls coach

Carol Rutledge, volunteer

Preston Basketball Program

Kyle Curtis, 7th and 8th grade boys coach

Jenna Morgan, 7th and 8th grade girls coach

Transportation contracts

The board also approved the following low quotes for athletic transportation for the winter 2013-14 season:

• Varsity boys basketball, Randon Bodie: $2,385

• Boys freshman basketball, Randon Bodie: $2,095

• 7th and 8th grade boys basketball, Gloria Haun: $1,825

• Varsity girls basketball, Randon Bodie: $2,725

• Girls freshman basketball, Gloria Haun: $2,300

• 7th and 8th grade girls basketball, Gloria Haun: $1,685

• Varsity wrestling, Randon Bodie: $5,550

• Junior high wrestling, Randon Bodie, $2,955

Other business

• The board approved Christopher Kloss and Briana Salvi to serve as substitute teachers.

• A motion was made to grant Laura Irwin, special education teacher at Wayne Highlands Middle School, child rearing leave starting Nov. 6, 2013 and ending at the conclusion of the school year.

• A motion was made to grant child rearing leave for Laura Lockwood, vocational education/mathematics teacher at Honesdale High School. Her leave will begin Dec. 23, 2013 and end Feb. 18, 2014.

• A motion was made to grant Megan Murray child rearing leave beginning March 18, 2014 and end May 14, 2014. Murray is a special education teacher at Preston Area School.

• The Damascus Area School musical, "Cinderella, Jr.," was approved. The production budget for the musical is $1,370, and the salaries for the musical are $5,368. The total budget request is for $6,738.

The performances are scheduled for March 14-15, 2014.