MANDATA - Students at the Line Mountain Area School District will have to answer to a new dean of students this year.

At Tuesday's board of directors meeting Bradley Skelton was hired as the dean of students/athletic director, effective today.

For his services, Skelton will be paid $63,000.

Superintendent David M. Campbell said Skelton was selected from 15 applicants for his extensive experience.

Skelton is currently the athletic director at Shikellamy School District.

Campbell said 10 candidates participated in first round interviews, and five attended second round interviews.

Jeffrey Lagerman, who became middle school principal in June, held the post last. Campbell said Lagerman made $72,500 in the position.

In other business

The intense debate over rubber versus mulch on the playground raged on, with mulch winning the battle but rubber winning the war. Directors voted to install mulch at the minimum required before the beginning of the school year, but told Tim Lagerman, director of plant and operations, to bring rubber samples to the next meeting so directors could pick a material to be installed next summer.

Jeanne Menko, elementary principal, announced that, as of Tuesday, 84 children have been enrolled to begin kindergarten this year.

Troy Laudenslager, president of the board of directors, was the sole dissenting vote on a motion to relocate two swing sets at the Line Mountain Elementary School. He said he felt the cost, $3,800, was "a heck of a lot of money to move a swing set."

PinnacleHealth will be providing physician coverage at home football games. Jeffrey Lagerman, middle school principal, said the current physician declined to continue this year due to personal reasons, and PinnacleHealth offered to send a physician to all games at no cost.

An executive session to discuss litigation, collective bargaining and personnel matters was held prior to the meeting. Rich Roberts, the district's solicitor, said he had no updates on current litigation issues and a visit by a forensic investigative engineering firm to visit the former Dalmatia school has yet to be scheduled.

Campbell said a final bargaining session Line Mountain School Board and the district's teachers union will be held Monday. He said he has hope the two parties will resolve the dispute amicably and in time to begin school on the scheduled start date, Sept. 2.