SASB working to keep Coach Cov
SHAMOKIN - Members of the Shamokin Area School District hope issues can be addressed and head football coach Yaacov Yisrael will remain with the team.
School board president Ron McElwee made a statement about the situation at the start of Tuesday's board meeting, after the board met with Yisrael in an executive session.
"I'm happy to announce we are working on a positive solution," McElwee said. "Hopefully, we will have more information within the next week or two to share with the public. But we are working on a positive solution with Coach Cov."
After one season on the job, Yisrael handed in his resignation earlier this week, but met Monday and Tuesday with school officials, who want him to stay.
Yisrael said Monday night financial issues related to his full-time job, for which he worked at home, coupled with family responsibilities, required him to seek a job with more financial security. Yisrael and his wife, Jill Martz-Yisrael, a physical education teacher and field hockey coach at Line Mountain, recently had their first child and Yisrael said another child may be on the way.
The Indians were 0-10 in Yisrael's first season, despite being competitive in some key games, such as against archrival Mount Carmel Area and against 2012 District Four Class AA champion Danville Area.
Also, Yisrael drew high marks from community leaders for his offseason work with the team, which included community cleanup days in which he led players in a cleanup effort in the downtown area. He also arranged for a recent trip by district players from the elementary level on up to attend a Penn State spring practice, during which the team toured Penn State's football facilities and met with Nittany Lion players and coaches.
In other business
- Approval was given for a four-day work week in the district from June 16 through Aug. 14 with the exception of the week of July 4. The compressed work schedule done as an energy/money saving measure. Board member Rosalie Smoogen asked Superintendent Jim Zack to make sure that everyone abides by that rule.
- Charles Shuey was elected to serve as board treasurer for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, at a salary of $2,700. A bond was set at $20,000. The motion was approved on a 6-1-1 vote with board members Jeffrey Kashner, Ron McElwee, Matthew Losiewicz, Rosalie Smoogen and Bernard M. Sosnoskie voting yes. Edward Griffiths also voted "yes for the person, no for the salary." Shuey abstained while Robert Getchey was the lone negative vote. Board member Richard Kashnoski was absent.
- A lease agreement was approved with Northwestern Human Services Youth Services Inc. for the month of June. NHS will provide classroom space at Northwestern Academy for the district to operate services to students placed in the academy at a cost of $109,202.91 per month. The board also approved a four-week summer school program for Northwestern Academy students from July 7 to 31 and a five-week summer school program for middle/high school students from June 16 to July 17 at a fee of $115 per course.
- Unanimous approval was given to extend the student transportation agreement with Marvin E. Klinger Inc. for the 2014-2015 school year at a cost of $1,147,400 with no increase from last year.
- In personnel moves, resignations were accepted, with regret, for special education teacher Christine Hockenbroch, elementary guidance counselor Kerri Molesevich and secondary teacher Sarah Liendo. Lesley Carsto was appointed as a clerk/secretary at a salary of $11 per hour for 260 days per year, effective July 9. Also, on the recommendation of the supervisor of special education, Emily E. Witt was named as a teacher's aide and Aleaha Brown as a personal care assistant.