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This week, the South Williamsport Area School Board authorized McKissick Architects to design a renovation project for Central Elementary School.

Design options call for plans that would accommodate sixth-grade students at Central Elementary rather than high school.

Either option would mean additions – a multipurpose room, cafeteria and kitchen – to the east side of the school.

Only one of the options would add classroom space for fifth and sixth graders.

Fifth and sixth graders are now enrolled in Rommelt Primary School.

The board has agreed to conduct bid solicitation for mechanical and electrical HVAC equipment for Central Elementary.

The estimated cost of the items is $2.5 million.

In addition, the board approved the purchase of a cyber risk management insurance policy from AceChubb at $10,600.

The $1 million liability policy will cover the district in the event of a cyberattack.

District Superintendent Dr. Eric Briggs noted that a cyberattack occurred in a local district.

In a personnel action, the board approved Mallee Hornberger for a 200-day school counselor position for grades nine through 12, beginning Dec. 5, at a salary of $50,739.

Alicia Rossitto has been approved as a student/substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year.

The board accepted the resignations of catering workers Louise Ferguson and Jayne McLaughlin and paraprofessional Melissa Smith.

The board approved Art Hengler as the $2,674 seventh-grade boys’ basketball coach.

The following people have been approved as workers in the $25-a-game game: Curtis Anthony, Gregg Anthony, Jean Lowery, and Shane Reeder.

Dodi Gower was approved as a part-time high school food service worker at $12.93 an hour.

The board approved the district health and safety plan. The plan should be reviewed every six months.

A settlement agreement relating to disputes concerning educational services to students has been approved. School officials declined to elaborate on what the settlement agreement entails, citing it as litigation.

The board approved retirement policies covering unlawful harassment of students and staff and replacing them with discrimination and sexual harassment policies for students and staff.

The Adriana Grace Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a graduating student who chooses to study nursing, has been approved by the Board of Directors.

The council will then meet on December 5 at 6 p.m. for its annual reorganization.

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