Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Students excel in competition

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  • VARDEN – Students in the Western Wayne High School and Middle School recently participated in different competitions and favored well.
    The Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) Reading Competition was held in May and include both high school and middle school students. Between 600 and 700 students from area schools participated.
    The competition is intended to “increase students' reading for enjoyment,” according to its website. Teams of students are assigned a list of 40 books to read and are asked questions in a “competitive, but low-key environment” about the books.
    The event was held at Western Wayne.
    Western Wayne Middle School students had several classes do well in the competition.
    The 8th grade team, under the direction of Carrie Krautter, took first place and the 6th grade team, under the direction of Lynne Confer and Maria Neri, took third.
    The Pike/Wayne Envirothon was also held in May at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley.
    The “Environmental Ambassadors” team won first place in Soils Segment. The team consisted of Lila Fairclough, Rebeka Piccolo, Rebecca Verrastro, Kaitlyn Good and Katrina Good.
    Other business
    The resignation for retirement purposes for Fran Vitovsky and Tracey Podunajec were approved “with great regret.” Vitovsky's is effective July 4 and Podunajec's is effective July 31.
    The adoption of functions under board procedures for the board policy was approved.
    This was the first reading.
    It passed by a vote of 6-2, with AJ Gaudenzi and Gary Podunajec voting no. Board member Donald McDonough was absent from the meeting.
    Board member Bernice Fiorella requested to table a motion regarding the adoption of membership under board procedures for the board policy. She said she wants to discuss it further.
    This was also for the first reading. The request was granted.
    The adoption of board policies, with items such as academic standards, curriculum, resource materials, special education, tutoring, field trips and more, was approved.
    This was the first reading.
    The board approved Superintendent Clay LaCoe to the following positions:
    Page 2 of 2 - • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Officer and Title IX Coordinator in compliance with the ADA for the 2014-15 school year; Affirmative Action Compliance Officer for the 2014-15 school year; and Right-to-Know Officer for the 2014-15 school year.
    The board approved filing applications for Federal Program allocations for the 2014-15 school year for Title I Reading and Title IIA Class Size Reduction. The motion passed by a vote of 7-1, with David Lindow voting no.
    The board approved King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC as special counsel for the district at the rate of $160 per hour on an as needed basis for the 2014-15 school year. It passed by a vote of 7-1 with Podunajec voting no.
    A joint educational partnership between the district and the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc., Head Start Program effective July 1-June 30, 2015, was approved.
    It passed by a vote of 7-1 with Lindow voting no.
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