News in brief

Two new board members elected

Hannah Shumsky

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS

As a result of the Nov. 3 elections, Mrs. Juliane Leindecker and Mr. Gerald Inman III were elected to Freedom’s Board of School Directors. Inman was previously a school board member from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s. Leindecker and Inman will take the positions of Mr. Alan Colorito and Mr. DJ Sharpless in December.
Board Members Mrs. Lorraine Rocco, Mrs. Mary Ann Petcovic and Mrs. Barbara Heyman were re-elected.

NURSE POSITION UPDATE
On Oct. 20, Ms. Chastity Martucci and Ms. Mary Mentz were approved as school nurse aides. They will both receive $20 per hour salaries. The former two school nurse aides, Ms. Sheryl Palmer and Ms. Evelyn Grant, who both resigned early in the school year, received $14 and $13.50 per hour, respectively.
On Nov. 5, Ms. Sharon Kilmer was hired as a personal student nurse for $20 per hour.

HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTENT
Ms. Amanda Krampy was hired at FHS as an administrative assistant with a salary of $10 per hour.

ELEMENTARY TITLE 1 QUALIFICATION
Big Knob Elementary received recognition as a high-performing school. The district applied for the National Title 1 Distinguished School and hopes to receive a grant from that award.

Last year, the school earned $50,000 grant for a guided-reading library for being a National Title 1 Distinguished School.

DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Mr. Gary Mortimer, Director of Buildings and Grounds, gave his monthly report on Nov. 5. In the parking lots on campus, lights were repaired and parts were replaced as needed. At the Big Knob campus, the Department of Environment Protection issued a fine to the district because of paperwork problems, but this fine was terminated.
At both the high school and middle school, roof repairs were made. The middle school’s boiler system was also repaired.

The district is also working on approving annual inspections for the building’s systems.

PROGRESS UPDATE
Currently, contractors are working to install maple wooden wall panels on the first and second floors of Freedom Elementary as well as other punchlist items and adjustments.

Because of the location of a drain system by the concession stand, water is spreading onto the track. This fix is estimated to cost between $9,800 and $9,850.

Until the project reaches 100 percent completion and the district is satisfied with the end product, the district will not pay the contractors the $750,000 currently owed.

Next month’s meeting, which will include reorganization, will be on Dec. 10.