Pittston Area hires nine teachers

YATESVILLE — The Pittston Area School Board approved the hiring of nine teachers at Wednesday night’s meeting.

The following teachers were hired:

• Robert Naples, music, fifth grade

• Marissa Luko, music, intermediate

• Justin Rupe, instrumental music, intermediate

• Gordon McDonald, science, high school

• Danielle Andrews, English, high school

• Alyssa Stella, first grade, primary

• Renee Phillips, special education, intermediate

• Loren Pliss, special education, emotional support

• Mara Davis, special education/gifted, high school

The board also approved the school lunch prices for the 2015-16 school year, keeping the breakfast prices for both elementary and secondary the same at $1.20. However, both the paid lunch prices for elementary and secondary saw a $0.10 increase, coming in at $2.20 for an elementary lunch and $2.30 for a secondary lunch.

The district also saw pending changes for the upcoming school year in the athletics department, as well.

A motion was passed to convert the girls’ lacrosse program from solely a club sport to a league sport.

“There is a lot of interest in this, and it wouldn’t be at a great cost,” said board member John Donahue. “We could look into scholarships and donations if the cost is truly prohibitive.”

In the same vein, a motion was passed to create a junior varsity team for girls’ volleyball team.

“We have over 55 girls participating,” said board member Anthony Guariglia. “I definitely think it would be in our best interest to have a junior varsity level for the participants.”

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