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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Hanna, Williams honored during school board meeting

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  • During the monthly meeting of the Western Wayne School Board, two seniors were honored for their achievements. Lauren Hanna, daughter of Tom and Debbie Hanna of Lake Ariel, is a two-year National Honor Society member, takes pre-calculus honors, and is senior captain and a four-year member of the volleyball team, and a one-year member of the track and field team. Hanna is active in her church youth group and participates in their food drives. She is still undecided about her future plans. She was home-schooled until her junior year of high school and said that coming to Western Wayne was a “big change” and a “good challenge.” She added that she has enjoyed it a lot, “mainly to great teachers.” Hanna thanked the board for recognizing her and her parents for their support. Devon Williams, son of Melody Hopkins of Lake Ariel, is a member of the National Honor Society, two-year president of the Chess Club and a member of the Scholastic Team. Williams has a particular interest in the sciences and math and is enrolled in AP Calculus this year. He also has an interest in stop-motion animation and developing a new way to rate hurricanes. His educational plans include attending a university to major in meteorology or theoretical physics. In meteorology he would specifically like to participate in hands-on weather research projects and ultimately work for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Williams thanked the board and his family, saying they've all given him support and that he “wouldn't be here” if not for them. He added he will keep moving forward. Board president Alvin Hollister wished them the best and said he knows they'll do a “great job” in getting the Western Wayne name out. Other business • The enrollment report of the district was given. In November, the total number of students was 2,140 and was decreased by one in December. For January, enrollment increased to 2,145. The breakdown of the totals are as follows: • EverGreen Elementary: 584 • Robert D. Wilson Elementary: 351 • Middle School: 510 • High School: 700 • The board approved a change in business name for a transportation contractor. What was Gary & Dianne Jenkins, will now be Dianne Jenkins for buses 1, 2, 7, 16, 17, 18, 22, 26, 52 and 63. The change is effective as of Jan. 2. • The following change orders were approved by the board for construction at the middle school: • G.R. Noto Electrical Construction, Inc. to furnish and install one data line at a new TV location in the library for an additional sum of $304. • G.R. Noto Electrical Construction, Inc. to furnish and install electrical work for extension of the fire alarm wiring to relocate an existing duct detector to new duct work for an additional sum of $286. • G.R. Noto Electrical Construction, Inc. to furnish and install electrical work to re-route conduit and circuits at the front entrance for an additional sum of $2,061. • G.R. Noto Electrical Construction, Inc. to furnish and install electrical work to remove existing emergency fixtures in corridor areas and reinstall in new ceilings for an additional sum of $477. • L.H. Reed & Sons, Inc. to furnish and install the relocation of duct work above the ceiling height in the library and reinstall/insulate the registers for an additional sum of $2,631. These total $5,759. Superintendent Clay LaCoe said all of the work has been completed. He also said the work for the front entrance and the ceiling height in the library were “unforeseen” and the others were done by the district's request. • Carmella Kelly was appointed as a 10-month secretary with applicable fringe benefits, at $9.27 per hour. This is a replacement position for Early Intervention and is effective Jan. 13. • Justin Collins was hired as a temporary professional employee. He will be a Western Wayne Virtual Academy Teacher-Step 1M for $48,633 pro-rated with applicable fringe benefits. This was effective as of Jan. 6. • Collins was also appointed to the coaching position for weight training during the 2014-2015 school year. It will be in the fall and is for 36 sessions. His salary is set for $2,033. • Parent/teacher conferences will be Jan. 20 from 1-8 p.m. Photo1: Devon Williams and Lauren Hanna. SUBMITTED Photo2: Shown are the current members of the Western Wayne School Board. In back from left are David Lindow, Bernice Fiorella, Doris Pliss, AJ Gaudenzi and Gary Podunajec; front, Donald McDonough, president Alvin Hollister, vice president Donald Olsommer Jr. and treasurer William Gershey. PHOTO BY KELLY WATERS

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