Mahanoy Area applies for grant to improve security
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.