Wyoming Area sets meeting to discuss possible closure of Sarah J. Dymond Elementary

By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com

EXETER — The Wyoming Area School Board accepted a motion to have a public meeting on the possibility of closing Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in accordance with the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted for the public meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12. The meeting will give administration the opportunity to present facts and statistics of the educational, physical, administrative, budgetary and fiscal matters related to the possible closure of the school in Harding.

The hearing will allow for public comment. A place for the meeting was not decided on Tuesday, but the location will be advertised.

Wyoming Area Solicitor Jarrett Ferentino said it’s a long process to close an educational building, but the board expects to make a decision by April. If the decision is made to close the school, the 2016-17 school year would be affected.

Ferentino said the first step is advertising for the meeting 15 days prior to the meeting on Jan. 12. From there, there is a 90-day “cooling off period” before the decision is final.

Sarah J. Dymond is located at 635 Sutton Creek Road in Harding. Currently, the school staffs seven educators.

Also at the meeting on Tuesday, Larry and Ann Harding, the parents of 2000 Wyoming Area graduate Jason Harding, presented an American flag to the Wyoming Area School District on Jason’s behalf. Jason requested the flag to be placed at Montgomery Elementary School in West Pittston.

Jason has been deployed to the Middle East three times.

His most recent deployment was this past March as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the military operation name for military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria. The flag presented to the district flew in the cockpit beside Jason on Aug. 25 while on a mission in Northern Iraq.

Jason received a full scholarship to the Navy ROTC program, which he used at Villanova University. From there, he received pilot training and had his wings pinned by his parents on April 13, 2007. He is currently stationed at the Key West Naval Station.

“We all know as Americans what the flag means to us,” Ann Harding said. “Stand tall together as citizens of this great country. God bless America and go Warriors.”

In other business:

• The board accepted the resignation of Nicholas Hufford as head varsity boys soccer coach, retroactive to Oct. 30.

• William Roberts was appointed as head boys tennis coach at a salary of $1,554.

• The following athletic coaches were approved for the 2015-16 winter sports season: Christopher Michaels, junior varsity boys basketball at $3,225; Lee Ann Klocko, swimming at $2,508.

• Athletic Director Joe Pizano’s request to attend the annual Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association conference in Hershey from March 15-19, 2016 was approved.

• The following volunteers were rescinded as elementary athletic coaches for the 2015-16 winter sports season: Jeff Pepe and Mark Poccheschi.

• The board approved Bobbie Tondora as English teacher at the Secondary Center, and Ann Giglio as a Special Education/English teacher at the Secondary Center.

• Joanne Lavelle was appointed as kindergarten aide at JFK Elementary School.

• The board approved the computer lease agreement with Vantage Financial LLC for the leasing of computer lab work stations, instructor laptops and classroom projetors at a total cost of $43,884, which will be paid over a three-year period at an annual cost of $14,629.

By Nick Wagner


Reach Nick Wagner at 570-602-0178 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-602-0178 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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