Fi­u­mara re-elected prez of Garnet Val­ley School Board

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Su­san L. Serbin Times Cor­re­spon­dent

CONCORD >> The Garnet Val­ley School Board packed a lot of busi­ness in a short pe­riod of time for the an­nual re­or­ga­ni­za­tion and reg­u­lar busi­ness meeting the first week in De­cem­ber.

Lead­ing the agenda was the re-elec­tion of Rose­mary Fi­u­mara as pres­i­dent. Fi­u­mara has been at the helm since the 2012 cal­en­dar year. Scott Mayer, who chairs the fa­cil­i­ties com­mit­tee, was elected as vice pres­i­dent. Both votes were unan­i­mous at 8-0 with board mem­ber Richard Jones not in at­ten­dance. Tracy Kar­woski, who has served sev­eral terms as vice pres­i­dent, thanked her col­leagues for the many years sup­port­ing her in that role.

In other re­or­ga­ni­za­tion mat­ters, Christo­pher Wil­son was as reap­pointed as dis­trict trea­surer through 2019. Michael V. Pup­pio was reap­pointed as the school so­lic­i­tor. Pup­pio’s fees are un­changed, with a $5,000 an­nual re­tainer to at­tend board meetings and $175 per hour fee for other work.

The board ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion re­gard­ing a 2019 se­ries gen­eral obli­ga­tion note for $1.25 mil­lion from the Delaware Val­ley Re­gional Fi­nance Au­thor­ity. Wil­son said the bor­row­ing would be used pri­mar­ily for tech­nol­ogy, but that about $300,000 would be al­lo­cated for trans­porta­tion needs.

Dur­ing the ed­u­ca­tion/ cur­ricu­lum re­port, the board ap­proved the sec­ond read­ing for sev­eral poli­cies in­clud­ing #711, Use of Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems (UAS) or Drones. This new pol­icy for the dis­trict has been adopted in con­nec­tion with a $7,500 grant from the Delaware County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit Foun­da­tion.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Pat Dunn said the dis­trict has pur­chased 18 drones of var­i­ous sizes. Dunn said the spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions would be geared to age groups. The smaller ones, with costs of only a few hun­dred dol­lars, were likely to be used to teach stu­dents how to ma­neu­ver the air­borne de­vices and in­ves­ti­gate how they can be em­ployed.

The larger and more so­phis­ti­cated drones could be stud­ied in terms of pre­ci­sion and en­gi­neer­ing as well as ap­pli­ca­tion. Dunn said the two largest drones re­quired reg­is­tra­tion with the FAA (Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion). Two dis­trict teach­ers have been cer­ti­fied for op­er­a­tion of those de­vices which can reach sev­eral hun­dred feet.

The drones will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents at all grade lev­els. Man­age­ment will be through the dis­trict’s tech­nol­ogy coaches and are also un­der the di­rec­tion of Kyle Brun, K-12 Math/Sci­ence Cur­ricu­lum Su­per­vi­sor.

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