Active shooter drill to be held at PGA
PINE GROVE — The Pine Grove Area School District will hold an active shooter emergency drill Tuesday.
Superintendent Heath W. Renninger told the school board Thursday a districtwide notification was sent out alerting families of the event. The district will be using the ALICE system: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The drill will be held in the high school, middle school and elementary school throughout the day and will include students and staff.
Renninger stressed that no weapons will be used during the drill.
“We’re using this as a teaching experience,” he said.
In other business, the board, by an 8- 0 vote, approved purchasing a new security gate with a manual key fob system at a cost not to exceed $ 5,000. The gate will be placed between the elementary building and the playground, Renninger said.
Director Wes Ney was absent. Also getting the nod was a new switch and notification alarm system at the high school at a cost not to exceed $ 5,000.
The school district will be saving almost 50 percent with its new copier contract approved by the board. Technology board Chairman Donald E. Brown said the four- year contract is with Edwards Business Systems and would provide copiers to be used in each of the faculty rooms and the special education office for a total cost of $ 64,565.76. Under terms of the contract, copies are unlimited and staples are included.
High School Principal Michael Janicelli introduced seniors of the month Michaela Witherow and Nicholas Brown. Middle School Principal Melissa Mekosh introduced the eighth- grader of the month, Ashton Owens. Another eighth- grader of the month, Jazmin Guillen, was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, Mekosh said.
In other action, the board approved:
• Starting a Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society with Monica Breiner as adviser.
• Starting a Pine Grove Area Chapter of Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for high school journalists with Andrea Hatter as adviser.
• Alison Gimbi as the new high school guidance counselor at a salary of $ 42,433. Gimbi attended the meeting and was welcomed to the district.