By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
MANDATA — With the start of the new school year a little over a month away — Aug. 26 — the lead architect overseeing the construction of the Trevorton Elementary School addition said it is nearly finished and could be ready as early as Aug. 19.
Josh Bower, of Crabtree, Rohrbach and Associates, also updated the Line Mountain school board on two ongoing junior-senior high school projects. He said the grades 5-6 wing build-out is on schedule, and the schoolwide heating, ventilation and air-conditioning/geo-thermal system should be completed by the end of October.
Later in the meeting, board members approved a resolution eliminating a custodial staff position for budgetary reasons, laying off Richard D. Hood. The board noted that Hood has the right to challenge the decision.
The board approved pay rates for several employees, including Thad Swinehart, head girls soccer coach at a salary of $1,720. The members also approved 16 administrators for work beyond the school day at a rate of $22 per hour.
They agreed to the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit’s request to use the junior-senior high school, including the gym, cafeteria and restrooms, for its Head Start program, which runs Sept. 1 through August 2014.
Physicals for students participating in fall sports will start at noon Friday in the high school nurse’s office.