Waynesboro, Pa. School Board briefs

October 10, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

Officials down on later school start

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro school officials are working on a resolution and letter criticizing a proposal to start school after Labor Day in Pennsylvania.

The (Allentown) Morning Call has reported that state Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery, has legislation in committee that would require public schools to open after Labor Day. The change would be made to allow resorts and amusement parks to rely on high school-aged workers longer in the season, the newspaper reported.

"There's more and more interest building to do this," Superintendent Barry Dallara said.

School Board member Chris Devers said students would then be ending their school year later, cutting into the start of the tourism season anyway.

"You've got two weeks to prep a potential employee to get them into the workplace," he said.

The school board agreed to send paperwork to area legislators, saying the decision about the start of school should be a local one.


It might be a decision the school board will face for 2008-09 if a functioning cafeteria isn't ready because of the high school renovation and expansion, Dallara said.

"One of the issues is we might come back to you in January or February to say we won't start until after Labor Day because of that local issue," he said.

Board reviewing hikes for bus, van drivers

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - At its meeting next Tuesday, the Waynesboro Area School Board will continue to review transportation contracts that include hikes in both mileage rates and hourly rates for bus and van drivers.

Business Manager Caroline Dean proposed this week that the school board eliminate meal allowances, while increasing mileage rates to $1.35. The hourly rate would be $12.50, she said.

Those numbers reflect an 8 percent increase in mileage rates and a 16.3 percent increase in hourly pay, Dean said.

"I think a 16.3 percent increase in pay, regardless of the meal per diem, is a drastic increase," School Board member Chris Devers said.

He asked Dean to provide the corresponding rates of other districts.

"I personally think it's OK," board member K. Marilyn Smith said.

The district should use the hourly rate to attract competent, safe people to drive students, she said.

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