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KCSD board approves auction of items; Harry A. Schenck tabbed as auctioneer

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central school board performed double duty on Thursday night.

On the heels of Wednesday night’s special vote regarding the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, the board held another special voting session followed by its regular work session.

There were a pair of big items that passed during the voting session.

The district finally has an auctioneer for its auction of salvage items. The board voted, nearly unanimously, to enter into a contract with auctioneer Harry A. Schenck to sell items that have been piling up in storage. Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin has been lobbying for a sale to rid the school of items it no longer has use for.

There is no firm date set for the sale, according to KCSD director of property services, Rob Pacella.

“We are going to push this (sale) out into January … once we determine that date, we can bring it back in December to vote on the date,” Pacella said. “We’ll pick a date that fits (Schenck’s) schedule.”

Pacella said that there are several student groups willing to assist on the day of the auction. Those groups would use the time for community service hours.

Martin pointed out that KCSD staff may have to assist leading up to the sale and on the day of the sale. Those man hours could push employees into overtime.

“Going with this auctioneer, there will be some workload on our folks as well. This contract does not include any fees that we would have to pay for overtime or anything of that nature for our staff,” Martin noted.

Pacella said that getting the items organized for the sale will be a process.

“We’re still working those details out,” he said. “We think we can get it organized fairly quickly. I’m hopeful that it works out quickly and easily.”

The sale will be held, Pacella said, outside the vo-tech area at the high school.

“That’s where the majority of the stuff is,” he said.

Board vice president Roger Elling questioned the timing — and location — of the sale.

“You’re looking at doing this in January? There could be six inches of snow,” Elling said matter-of-factly.

Pacella admitted that is a legitimate concern.

“That’s obviously a concern of mine,” he said. “We don’t really have a choice. I don’t want to try in December because of the Christmas holiday. In January, snow can be an issue. But then we’re waiting until April and we have this stuff just sitting everywhere,” Pacella said.

Martin said that the district simply needs to liquidate the items.

“I do want to re-iterate that this is an accumulation of things and that’s why we’re having an auction. Anything of significant value we’re using a different process to liquidate. In the future, I’m hoping that we can liquidate things as we need to so we don’t have this accumulation. This is not something I foresee as us trying to do on a regular basis. We’re not going to have this volume of stuff once we are able to clean some things out,” Martin said.

The motion passed with six yes votes and one abstention.

Also at the voting session, the board unanimously approved the district’s comprehensive plan for 2020-2023. Martin presented the comprehensive plan at a board meeting in October. In the interim, she said, she received no feedback — from the board or otherwise — regarding the plan.

“We wanted to have some time for the public to review and make some comments. I have not received any formal feedback from anyone related to the comprehensive plan,” Martin said.

On Thursday night, the plan was voted through, 7-0.

The plan will now be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The deadline for submitting the plan, Martin said, is Nov. 30.

“I’d like to get that off our plate this week or next week,” Martin said.

Board President Boise “Bo” Miller took time to thank everyone who was involved with putting together the district’s comprehensive plan.

“I would personally like to thank the administration and everyone else who was involved in the comprehensive planning process. In the end, it was very, very effective and we have a good plan to submit to the state,” Miller said.

At the work session that followed the voting session, the board heard three presentations:

— The 2020-2021 proposed school calendar is ready for review. Martin said there are few changes from this year’s calendar.

— Martin gave an in-depth PowerPoint presentation about the district’s Curriculum Development Process. It was broken down into three phases: Evaluation and Research, Curriculum Development/Revision and Resource Selection and Professional Training.

— Finally, the board heard a presentation about the district’s Grab and Go Breakfast/Lunch options at Central Mountain High School and the Central Mountain Middle School. The district hopes to expand those options by spring of 2020.

Board members Elisabeth Lynch and Deborah Smith were absent from the meeting.

The board will meet again for a voting session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Central Mountain High School auditorium.

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