(Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 13--MERCERSBURG -- Dan Reeder has resigned from Tuscarora School District Board of Directors.
The other board members accepted his resignation at their regular meeting on Monday. Reeder, who was not present, cited work as his reason for leaving the board.
The board will need to appoint someone to fill Reeder's spot. Letters of interest will be accepted through Aug. 31. Send them to Loretta Martin, board secretary, 100 W. Seminary St., Mercersburg, 17236.
School year prep
The board approved a number of measures to get the district ready for the school year, such as employee appointments and transfers, programs and agreements and bus routes. The list also includes facility additions: No more than $22,000 will be spent to install a camera system at James Buchanan Middle School; emergency buttons will be installed on security doors at James Buchanan High School for $4,000; some $7,000 will pay for repairs to the basketball court at Mercersburg Elementary; and permanent goals and other additions will be made to the soccer field for $10,000.
The school district is looking to sell 54 used MacBook laptops. The administration initially recommended the board approve their sale at $200 each to current employees on Aug. 19, with any leftover units available to the public on Aug. 25. However, board member Larry Funk suggested an idea brought up previously -- to first offer them to families in the free and reduced lunch program. President Clifford Smith Jr. added they should go to them for half price.
On Smith's request, the board voted to table the item until the next meeting and asked administration to change the recommendation. The laptops will not be sold with a warranty.
Business Manager Eric Holtzman announced that the district will save $798,000 before taxes from refinancing of 2009 bonds. "The good news is we get $576,000 split almost evenly over this year and next year for savings," he said.
He added that he plans to later approach the board to refinance $4.8 million in bonds, but that it is best to wait until April.
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