Williamsport Area School District’s baseball and softball teams will have their own fields for practice and games following the approval of the school board of a $5.4 million construction project for new fields, a concession stand and dugouts.
The fields will be located adjacent to the Lycoming Valley Intermediate School.
When the high school was built in the 1970s, Dr. Timothy Bowers, superintendent said, there was no need for fields for those particular sports. A softball program was not introduced in the district until 1977, it was noted.
“Ever since that time, we’ve had to rely on outside partnerships just to find fields,” Bowers said.
Although Bowers commended the partnerships that have allowed the teams use of their fields, he also cited times when scheduling time on those fields became frustrating.
“These are the only athletic events that we have that we don’t have our own facilities to support those programs,” Bowers said.
“To have our own facility is really the only way this board and this district will fix that situation,” he said.
Bids for both the sports complex and the Lycoming Valley Renovation Project were awarded to Lobar Inc., Dillsburg.
The total cost of the Lycoming Valley project had been estimated at a little more than $29 million, but the cost of both the sports complex and the school renovation came in about $1 million lower.
Funds for the school project come from American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, bond proceeds and/or capital reserve.
Construction of the sports fields, concession and dugouts will be paid from bond proceeds and/or capital reserve funds. The sports complex is estimated to be completed in time for the 2024 season.
In conjunction with the construction at the Lycoming Valley Intermediate School site, the board approved the agreement with Loyalsock Township for a Stormwater Best Management Practices.
Following a presentation by a committee tasked with reviewing the math and English language arts programs at the elementary level in the district, the board approved two curricula recommended by the committee.
For English language arts the board approved the purchase and adoption of the Wonders 2023, Wonder Works and Study Sync core program for grades K-6 by McGraw Hill. Cost for student and teacher materials are not to exceed $856.520. Reveal Math core program for grades K-6 was approved for grades K-6. Teacher and student material will be partially funded by ARPA ESSER funds. Cost will not exceed $432.285. Included in the price for both are technology and re-ordering of consumables for seven years.
Under personnel items, the board accepted the following resignations: Lori J. Hoyt, health room technician; Renee D. Risbon, full-time custodian at the high school; Paul S. Carpenter, full-time groundskeeper/custodia; Alena L. Clary, full-time aide; Nyric L. Gosley, full-time paraprofessional/intervention specialist; James V. Poleto, full-time assistant principal at Jackson Primary School; Elizabeth L. Schwenk, part-time food service worker at Curtin Intermediate School; James DeSantis, full-time elementary special education supervisor; Ethan S. Lee, full-time mathematics teacher, at the high school; and Karissa M. Wells, part-time aide at Jackson Primary.
The following persons were approved for the positions and rate of pay listed: Trevor J. Loehr, full-time computer technician tier II at the Technology Department/IMC Warehouse Complex, $49,374; Joseph E. Signor, substitute custodian(s) and/or event staff, $12.00 per hour; Caitlyn A. Costa, after-school supervisor of the Fitness Center at the high school, $16.34 per hour; Hailey G. Fausnaught and Myla J. Kelley, substitute aides, $12 per hour; Megan E. Grove and Elizabeth L. Schwenk, substitute food service workers, $12 per hour; Jonathon L. Correll and Noah W. Mason, substitute teachers, $150 per day; Faith Silvagni, certified substitute teacher, $250 per day; Shane Lau, student teacher as a substitute teacher, $100 per day while substituting during student teaching experience only for the actual number of hours assigned and worked; Krissandra F. Downard, part-time aide, $15.06 per hour; Lauren A. Sauers, temporary part-time college intern in the Human Resources Department and/or mailroom, $16 per hour; Taylor R. Shipman, part-time aide at Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School, $15.06 per hour.
Three position changes were also approved. They are: Janeda M. Molino, from part-time aide to full-time aide at Curtin Intermediate; Todd L. Rice, from part-time custodian to full-time custodian at $22.44 per hour; and Amanda J. Wolfe, from full-time special education teacher at the high school to full-time secondary special education supervisor, $84,000 per year.
Diane E. Welch was approved to teach mathematics in the Alternative Education Program at the Lycoming County Prison at $31.92 per hour and Sara Mitchell was approved as an interpreter of American Sign Language and Pidgin Sign English to provide day-to-day substitute interpreter services at $40 per hour.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 11, at the District Service Center, 2780 West Fourth St.