MCA 'Bleacher Creatures' to lose their seats
MOUNT CARMEL - The long-standing tradition of sitting in the end-zone bleachers at the south end of the Silver Bowl may come to an end.
Mount Carmel Area School Board members agreed Thursday night to advertise for the dismantling and removal of the famed seats.
The bleachers and the rabid fans known as the "Bleacher Creatures" who sit on them have been part of the renowned stadium for numerous years. Superintendent Bernie Stellar said it would be cost prohibitive for the district to repair the bleachers and make them handicap accessible.
Voting to advertise for bids to dismantle and remove the bleachers were Directors Thomas Ditchey, Donna James, Joseph Zanella, Robert Muldowney, Michael Brinkash, Michael Rovito, Tony Mazzatesta and Bill Brecker. Ray Kraynak was absent.
Good job, students
Ditchey, who serves as board president, and Stellar commended the girls' varsity basketball team and its coaches for an outstanding season. The Red Tornadoes won their fourth consecutive PIAA District IV Class AA championship, Heartland Conference Division II title and conference playoff crown. They advanced to the PIAA state quarterfinals before falling to Dunmore to finish with an outstanding 25-5 record.
Stellar pointed out that head coach Lisa Varano also serves as high school principal and curriculum coordinator.
The board and administrators also commended participants in the school musical "Legally Blonde" and the three Odyssey of the Mind teams that qualified for state competition April 12 at Berwick Area School District.
Junior high school Principal Pete Cheddar said teachers and staff have been working hard preparing students for Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing.
Stellar reported graduation is scheduled for June 6, pending any makeup days.
District buildings and grounds director Dave Fegley said the harsh winter has taken its toll on district fields, particularly the baseball and softball diamonds.
Stellar announced the high school stadium and tennis courts are scheduled to reopen to the public March 31.
The board accepted the resignation of junior varsity baseball coach Terry Young.
Directors adjusted the salary for assistant varsity wrestling coach Steven Sinkovich from $1,900 to $2,300 to reflect his four years coaching experience.
The board approved the 2014-15 Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit general operating budget in the amount of $1,215,129.
The Children's Service Center was authorized to use the school-based behavioral health offices in the elementary and high school buildings to offer telepsychiatry services to district students.
The board hired Frances Balanda for a part-time cleaning position at $7.25 per hour without benefits.
Directors accepted the resignation of personal care aide Sarah Horsfield, effective today.
The board reclassified maintenance and custodial personnel and agreed to hire not more than eight Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) students for the summer.