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Field issues discussed


February 19. 2013 6:23PM
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CLARKS SUMMIT- Vice President Warren Acker reported that the Facilities Committee met to discuss the possibility of installing a turf field for soccer and field hockey games as well as football practices.


Every spring and fall we seem to have problems with wet fields, Acker said. Every year, we talk about redoing the middle of the track. People have asked about and recommended the idea of a turf field, and I wonder if it's time for us to at least look at the size of the project.


In other business:


• Student Representative Rebecca Falk announced the senior pasta dinner will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the high school from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. She added that Comets Madness, a winter sports Pep Rally has a tentative date of Friday, Nov. 30. The orchestra concert will be held on Dec. 2 and there will be a Holiday Concert on Dec. 14, when all three of the music departments (orchestra, chorus and band) perform together.


• Abington Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Mahon noted that while discussions have taken place between the district and South Abington Twp. Supervisor David O'Neill, about a sewer project that would involve the installation of a sewer line behind South Abington Elementary School, no final decision has been made.


According to Mahon, O'Neill spoke with him regarding the possibility of an easement that would untimely, if approved, lead to a sewer line being put in between the back of South Abington Elementary School and Leggets Creek.


I mentioned to Mr. O'Neill that the district always wants to be cooperative and that we will take seriously any information we are given, but it's a big decision.


• Mahon announced that in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, the district has developed contingency plans to hold classes in the event that power is lost in the future by using an emergency generator at the high school.


• In order to make up the days lost due to storm, Mahon announced the district will be open on Easter Monday and the Friday before Memorial Day. The district also has used all of their emergency snow days.


• Mahon categorized the district 11th grade results in the match and reading portions of the PSSA's as unsettling, embarrassing and unacceptable to the extreme. For example, in math, Abington Heights ranks 528th out of 544 school districts in the state this year. Collectively, we have to engage to improve, Mahon said.


• The board voted to accept the resignation of Guidence Conselor Brian Kelly. According to Mahon, the district has posted for a new long-term substitute guidance counselor.


• The board also voted to accept the resignation of Nurse Assistant Megan Terpak. They accepted the appointments of Jennifer Hayner as a Para Professional Aide, Rachel Smertz as a lifeguard, and Seth Linker, MD, as a volunteer Memorabilia and Memory Club Director at the high school.


• The board approved the following substitutes: Earl Van Wert, Heather Twiss, Melissa Evans, and Laura Schillinger. They also approved the following substitute aids: Jennifer Hayner, Stephen Lempicky, and Lori Pollock.


• Ashley Stampien was approved as Basketball Cheerleading Coach.




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