Long-time teacher set to retire

The regular meeting of the Wayne Highlands School Board was held Tuesday night. On tap for the meeting was discussion of a special meeting and a committee meeting. Board President Tom Fasshauer was on hand to discuss the minutes from a special meeting held at noon on Oct. 25. Absent from that meeting were board members Thomas Dirlam and Heather Stephens. The minutes detail that a topic for that meeting was "the budget/results preliminary summary for fiscal year 2012-13)." After discussion of the budget, the minutes state Lothar Holbert, board vice president, moved "that the district commit $932,240 of the 2012-13 fund balance for future PSERS Pension Contributions." The motion passed with six yes votes. Holbert also moved to "transfer $120,863" of the 2012-13 fund balance to the food service fund. This motion also passed with all six members voting yes. Superintendent Greg Frigoletto also relayed to the board that the LEAPS and Bounds Playground Project has the funding to move forward. The original agreement for the project "needs to be amended to modify the time period of the construction." Holbert also suggested the agreement be amended so that it read "closed when school is in session." Holbert moved "to extend the time period for completion" of the project to the end of 2014. The motion was unanimously approved. The board moved to go into an executive session "for student discipline purposes." When the regular meeting convened 15 minutes later, Kathleen Grandjean moved to "approve the 45-day exclusion from school in case #14-03 which is due to a violation of the weapons policy." The motion carried with five members voting yes and Holbert voting no. Committee meeting The board held its monthly committee meeting on Nov. 12. Board member George Korb was absent from this meeting. Dirlam moved the meeting go into an executive session "for personnel reasons." After returning from the executive session, Frigoletto reported that the Halloween Patrol "was a success." The Halloween Patrol is responsible for keeping the district safe from possible vandalism on Halloween night. Frigoletto also reported that after meeting with Highland Associates "regarding potential capital projects and a possible timeline," they are continuing to communicate and move ahead at this time. The board also accepted the resignation of William Mattiello, custodian at the Preston Area School, effective Nov. 6. Regular meeting The regular meeting held Tuesday night approved many of the suggestions discussed at the committee meeting. The committee also recommended that Maria Romaniello be added to the district substitute list as an administrative assistant/teacher assistant. This was approved by the board during the regular meeting. Three outstanding seniors were honored at the regular meeting by the board. The first student honored was Keith Bates. He is the son of Michael and Karen Bates of Honesdale and is in the top five percent of his class. He has participated in the American Mathematics Contest, Science Olympiad, Envirothon, the American Chemical Society Exam, the Scholastic Bowl. Bates was also named Scholar of the Year, is a member of the National Honor Society and made the honor roll. Bates plans to attend the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, University Park and will major in geosciences. After earning a bachelor's degree, Bates hopes to work for an oil company and be involved in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas resources. He also plans on earning a master's degree and possibly a Ph.D. The second student honored was Rachel Fritz. She is the daughter of Mark and the late Brenda Fritz. With her at the meeting were her aunt and uncle, Randall and Amy Bidwell. Fritz is also in the top five percent of her class. She has participated in varsity tennis and earned a varsity letter. Fritz also participated in varsity track and field, earning the Academic Excellence Award. She participated in varsity cross country, where she achieved a letter and was co-captain. Academically, she competed in the American Mathematics Contest, won second place at the Marywood Math Contest, took part in the U.S. National Chemical Olympiad and was a runner-up in the American Chemical Society Exam. Fritz is also a member of the Interact Club, FCA member, was the student council treasurer and class treasurer, made the honor roll and was inducted into the National Honor Society. After graduating, Fritz plans to attend a four-year university to major in biochemistry. She is considering attending Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University or Swarthmore College. After earning her bachelor's degree, she hopes to attend medical school and earn her M.D. and specialize in oncology and hematology. Fritz would like to use her education to take part in cancer research and clinical trials. The final student honored was Heather Ritter of Beach Lake. She is the daughter of Robert and Tina Ritter and is also in the top five percent of her class. Ritter has participated in the American Mathematics Contest, Seussical the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors and was the co-captain of the Reading Competition Team. She won the PTSA Reflections Award for Photography, honorable mention for poetry and photography from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was a participant in the Physical Education Riding participant. Ritter is also a member of the Interact Club, the honor roll and the National Honor Society. After graduation, she plans to attend Mansfield University and major in psychology to become a school psychologist. Other business • Child rearing leave was approved for Paige Pinto, guidance counselor at the Honesdale High School. The leave will begin "on or about Mar. 7, 2014" and continue through June 1, 2014. • The board accepted with regret the retirement/resignation of Tamlyn Ebert, district technology supervisor, effective June 30, 2014. Ebert taught sixth grade at the middle school for 20 years and has been the technology supervisor for the past 15 years. • The board approved a date change for the Damascus Area School Musical. The musical will now take place Mar. 7 and 8, 2014. • Maria Romaniello was added to the district substitute list as an administrative assistant/teacher assistant. The next regular meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.