Ma­hanoy Area ap­plies for grant to im­prove se­cu­rity

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY JOHN E. USALIS STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: [email protected] re­pub­li­can­her­; 570628-6023

MA­HANOY CITY — The Ma­hanoy Area School Dis­trict is seek­ing ad­di­tional state grant funds to en­hance se­cu­rity and safety.

The school dis­trict was in­formed in early Novem­ber that it was awarded an Act 44 grant of $25,000, that was ap­proved by the Penn­syl­va­nia Com­mis­sion on Crime and Delin­quency. At that time, all school dis­tricts in Schuylkill County and 496 of 500 school dis­tricts through­out the state were awarded sim­i­lar non com­pet­i­tive grants.

Ma­hanoy Area is ap­ply­ing for an Act 44 com­pet­i­tive grant, which means the school dis­trict and other ap­pli­cants will com­pete for the lim­ited funds avail­able.

The school board at its Novem­ber meet­ing ap­proved a let­ter to be sub­mit­ted to PCCD to of­fi­cially ac­cept the $25,000 grant award.

“We ap­plied for the Act 44 grant, which is a safety grant,” dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Joie L. Green said. “We needed a let­ter from the board that they ap­prove that we need DVRs and ex­tra cam­eras that are more clear for safety needs, so they signed the let­ter at the end of the meet­ing.”

Dis­trict Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tor John J. Hurst said the new ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing sub­mit­ted to the School Safety and Se­cu­rity Grant Pro­gram, also funded through Act 44.

“Every school dis­trict that ap­plied got $25,000, and then there’s a se­cond phase of it that is com­pet­i­tive,” Hurst said. “We are ap­ply­ing for a com­pet­i­tive grant of $28,985, which is for the lock-down door bar­ri­cades, win­dow se­cu­rity film, tourni­quet straps and dou­ble-door latches.”

Hurst said the grant would in­clude $1,500 for staff train­ing.

In other busi­ness, the school board re­quested ad­min­is­tra­tion to seek prices on a ma­chine that will re­move snow from school bus roofs. Trans­porta­tion Di­rec­tor Ja­son Burke and an­other em­ployee have been at­tempt­ing to re­move the snow with dif­fi­culty. There are de­vices that are de­signed to re­move snow from the roofs of large ve­hi­cles.

The buses have been parked in the for­mer P&R Pa­tron Su­per­mar­ket lot near the dis­trict cam­pus due to the roof cav­ing in on the cur­rent garage that is al­most is 100 years old and was the Kaier Brew­ery truck garage.

The dis­trict pur­chased the su­per­mar­ket prop­erty in 2014 and de­mol­ished the su­per­mar­ket build­ing to build a new ve­hi­cle garage in­stead of spend­ing money on re­plac­ing the roof on its cur­rent garage since it is leased.

The school board acted on the fol­low­ing agenda items:

■ Ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Joseph Hul­li­han as head var­sity soft­ball coach, ef­fec­tive Nov. 10.

■ Ap­pointed Kristo­pher Bet, Barnes ville, head var­sity soft­ball coach at a salary of $3,861.68.

■ Ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Bo Rogers as weightlift­ing coach — win­ter, ef­fec­tive Nov. 12.

■ Ap­pointed Paul Babin­sky, Bar­nesville, as weightlift­ing coach — win­ter at salary of $1,120.81.

■ Ac­cepted a pro­posal from Clark Ser­vice Group, Lan­caster, to re­place the garbage dis­posal unit in the high school kitchen at a cost of $2,940.

■ Ap­proved pur­chase of 25 Chrome­books with man­age­ment con­sole li­censes at a cost of $6,353.50 from GDC IT LLC, Me­chan­icsville, which will be paid from the Cap­i­tal Re­serve Fund.

■Ap­proved trans­fer of Kym­ber­ley Grutza, Ma­hanoy City, from part-time van driver to high school sec­re­tary at $10 per hour, ef­fec­tive Mon­day. Grutza will re­ceive all the ben­e­fits of the ne­go­ti­ated agree­ment be­tween the Ma­hanoy Area Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Per­son­nel As­so­ci­a­tion and the school dis­trict.

■ Ap­pointed Cherise Yost, Barnes ville, as apart-time cafe­te­ria worker at $10 per hour pend­ing com­ple­tion of all em­ploy­ment pa­per­work, ef­fec­tive Mon­day.

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