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LM welcomes new board member



SARAH DESANTIS/STAFF PHOTO Members of the Line Mountain School Board welcomed a new member to their board during a reorganization meeting Wednesday. Pictured, from left, back, President Troy Laudenslager, Director Lauren Hackenburg and incoming Director Paul Kolody; front, Directors Lawrence Neidig and Ronald Neidig, Vice-President Dennis Erdman and Director Linda Gutkowski. Absent were directors Michael Bordner and Marlin Yeager Jr.

SARAH DESANTIS/STAFF PHOTO Members of the Line Mountain School Board welcomed a new member to their board during a reorganization meeting Wednesday. Pictured, from left, back, President Troy Laudenslager, Director Lauren Hackenburg and incoming Director Paul Kolody; front, Directors Lawrence Neidig and Ronald Neidig, Vice-President Dennis Erdman and Director Linda Gutkowski. Absent were directors Michael Bordner and Marlin Yeager Jr.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Line Mountain formally welcomed Paul Kolody to its board of directors at its reorganization meeting Wednesday night, held at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center.

Kolody, a fourth grade teacher at Shikellamy School District and resident of Trevorton, received four write in votes in the November election — the most cast for any candidate for the seat that has been open since David Scott Bartholomew resigned in November 2016.

Kolody abstained from voting on fiscal agenda items, citing a need to review the motions further.

Troy Laudenslager, Lauren Hackenberger and Marlin Yeager Jr. were the lone hold-over board members. Renamed to their seats in November were Dennis Erdman, Michael Bordner, Linda Gutkowski, Lawrence Neidig and Ronald Neidig.

Bordner and Yeager were absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

Laudenslager retained the board presidency with no opposition. Erdman will continue to serve as vice-president of the board.

Gutkowski was renamed the board’s representative to the Pennsylvania School Board Association. Gutkowski and Erdman retained their seats as representatives on the board of the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center.

In other news

• The board approved a recommendation to provide coaches with post-season pay using a weekly or daily rate determined using the coach’s base salary.

• The board also approved paying weight room coaches $7.25 per hour for a maximum of 70 hours per season.

• Superintendent David M. Campbell announced he will be meeting with state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver to discuss the homestead vote.

Campbell has voiced concern about eliminating property tax since the amendment was announced. He reiterated some of his worries, including that the burden of paying for education will be moved to other types of taxes, like sales tax, which are overseen by the state. He believes locally-elected school board members are in general more trustworthy with taxpayer money, and fears the sales tax initially created for schools will be diverted to fund other state programs.

“That’s the only tax where you know where every dollar is going,” he said about property tax.

Voters approved allowing the state legislature the option of eliminating school property taxes in November. 

• Athletic Director/Dean of Students Brad Skelton was named a junior high wrestling coach at a salary of $2,400.