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JSSD opens buildings to guests, groups

JERSEY SHORE — Plans to re-open activities in schools involving outside groups were approved by the Jersey Shore Area School Board on Monday night.

The action opens up buildings to outside groups requesting to use a space. Visitors and volunteers also will be permitted in buildings with appointments and the approval of the administration.

Groups requesting use of a building would need to have liability insurance, Dr. Brian Ulmer, superintendent, told the board. In addition all persons entering school buildings would be expected to abide by health and safety guidelines, such as social distancing and mask wearing and limiting the number of people allowed to be in the building.

The reinstating of field trips was also approved by the board. All measures will be enacted after Oct. 15.

In his report to the board Ulmer explained the new procedure for handing out tickets for sporting events. He noted that since the district is allowed 20 percent capacity in the stadium, that would open up 560 spots in the facility.

Ulmer shared that every student who participated would have two family members, such as parents, present. Once those tickets are distributed, then seniors would be offered the next round of tickets, then staff and then finally the remaining tickets would be distributed to the participants so that they could have more family members present.

In other business, the board approved the replacement of two heating and air conditioning units at the administration building at a cost of $53,839. The project will be performed under an Automated Logic’s COSTARS contract.

The motion for the purchase of the units was passed by a 6-3 vote.

Voting in favor were: David Becker, Harry Brungard, Wayne Kinley, Michelle Stemler, Mary Thomas and Craig Allen. Voting no were: Patrice Doebler, Angela Grant and Nancy Petrosky.

Those voting no asserted that it would be better that the feasibility study that was commissioned by the board earlier this year be completed before making a decision on replacing the units.

Under personnel items, the board accepted the resignation Holly Barto as National Honor Society Advisor. They also approved the appointment of Misti Koons to a part-time food service position at the Middle School.

Other items approved by the board included:

–The sale of Everyday Math books and items for $5 and Trigonometry textbooks and items for $11 via Municibid online auction to Edna Gaye.

–Allowing visiting teams one ticket per team member for sports events.

At the end of the meeting, Ulmer explained that due the latest guideline from the governor, board meetings will continue to be held virtually.

The next meeting of the board will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

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