MOUNT CARMEL - National Night Out in the Mount Carmel area, which has grown bigger every year, will have a new venue in 2013.

During a meeting Thursday night, Mount Carmel Area School Board unanimously granted permission to the township and borough police departments to jointly conduct the popular annual event on school district grounds from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Kelly Campbell, who has organized National Night Out in the township for the past few years, said this year's event promises to be "bigger and better." He said the township's program has outgrown its former location and urged board members to approve the request to use district facilities.

He said the high school parking lot and soccer field will primarily be used for the event that will include helicopters from the Pennsylvania National Guard, trailers from the Pennsylvania State Police, numerous informational and educational

materials, games, raffles, food and fun for the entire community.

Campbell said both police departments agreed to join forces and hold one event this year.

"National Night Out's purpose is to educate, entertain and interact with community residents and it continues to grow every year," commented Campbell, who is organizing the program this year with Mount Carmel Patrolman Jason Drumheller. "We just need a bigger venue for the all activities we have planned."

The officer thanked all the local sponsors who have supported National Night Out over the years.

He said the event will be held rain or shine.

Approving the request were Directors Donna James, Raymond Kraynak, Michael Rovito, Charles Mannello, Thomas Ditchey, Michael Brinkash, Joseph D'Andrea, Dr. Ray Kraynak and Robert Muldowney.

Safety, after-school meals

Superintendent Bernie Stellar, who presented board members with certificates in recognition of National School Board Month, said a team of district employees has been undergoing safe school training.

He reported sandwiches and other food will be available from 2:20 to 3 p.m. beginning Monday in the high school cafeteria to students participating in after-school activities including sports. He said students can pay for the food through their cafeteria accounts.

Dave Fegley, director of maintenance for the district, said most of the problems caused by an electrical malfunction at the high school Sunday, Dec. 2, have been resolved. He said a squirrel got into an electrical line outside the school, causing a power outage for a few hours.

Personnel

The board terminated elementary school teacher Adam Janson, effective immediately. Stellar said he wasn't allowed to reveal a reason for Janson's termination.

Directors adjusted the salary of Virginia DeFrancesco to $46,845, which is Step 11 with a master's degree on the salary schedule, to reflect last month's decision to reclassify her as a teacher and eliminate her former position of Title I coordinator/teacher.

The board ratified the hiring of Elizabeth Park as a long-term substitute special education teacher to replace Sonya Hamulla.

The resignation of aide Maxine Harvey was accepted and she was replaced by Stephanie Serrano as a part-time aide for 6 1/2 hours per day at an hourly rate of $7.25 without benefits. The high school aide position is being reassigned to the elementary school.

The board approved Lucille Pellowski as a high school hall monitor for 7 hours per day at her current salary. She will replace Judy Permar, who resigned.

Directors accepted the resignation of custodial worker Emily Dill.

Kelly Spangler, Margaret Barnhardt, Anne Darrup, Aaron Domanski, Kelly Domanski, Donna James, Corey Lombardo, Jesse Wagner, James Weissinger, Andrew Yaracz and Eileen Zarski were approved as Odyssey of the Mind coaches.

Other business

A graduation scholarship in memory of Albert and Rosalie Ross was approved.

The board also approved a three-year service agreement with NRG that covers temperature control systems, video camera systems and a door-card access system at a cost of $7,500 each for the first two years, and $7,800 for the third year.

Berkheimer OneSource was approved for the comparison and processing of the district's Act 80 records at a cost of $735.

The board approved a $4,000 annual donation to Mount Carmel Area Public Library that was allocated in the budget.

Janice Costello was approved to collect school taxes for Marion Heights Borough.

Mount Carmel Area Baseball Boosters were granted use of school district facilities and Mount Carmel Downtown Inc. was granted permission to sponsor a concert Sept. 14 in the Richard Beierschmitt Auditorium at the high school.