Purple Perk

Shamokin Area High School junior Rachel Kerstetter serves Sherry Glosek at the Purple Perk, a coffee shop operated by students in the school’s life skills class, inside the high school library prior to a school board meeting Tuesday evening. The public was invited to try out the shop, which opened this school year.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Students in the life skills class at Shamokin Area Middle/High School presented a program Tuesday night on the very successful Purple Perk coffee shop they operate in the morning in the library.

Several students and advisers talked about the program and presented a 15-minute video that showed how the cafe has progressed since last year.

Life skills teachers Courtney Becker and Traci Beck along with supervisor of special education Sherry Glosek serve as advisers for the students involved in the Purple Perk who sell coffee, hot chocolate, tea, cold drinks and snacks to students, faculty and administrators.

All menu items are in accordance with guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Becker said 60 to 70 students fill the cafe during the morning hours.

Purple Perk made its debut Nov. 7 for teachers and homerooms before opening up to middle and high school students in December.

School board members applauded the students for opening and managing the coffee shop and commended their teachers.

The life skills class promotes pre-vocational and daily living skills. It allows students to learn about cleaning, laundry, money and time management and how to run a household.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for jobs.

Co-elementary school Principal Anthony Carnuccio presented a brief overview of the new state-mandated Safe2Say Something program that went into effect last month.

He said the goal of the program, which funnels tips to an around-the-clock call center at the state attorney general’s headquarters in Harrisburg, is to respond to troubling behavior, unsafe school situations and anything else tipsters deem appropriate to report.

The threat reporting system fielded more than 4,900 tips in January, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials.

Board director Robert Getchey said district booster organizations, other clubs and the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center should purchase products locally as much as possible to support Shamokin and Coal Township businesses.

Board members Erik Anderson and Steve Cook agreed with Getchey about supporting local businesses first when purchasing supplies.

Director Charles Shuey commended Dr. M. Keith Weikel, his wife, Barbara, and his brother, Allen, for establishing a $1 million scholarship for Shamokin Area students in memory of the Weikel brothers’ mother, Marian Eleanor Weikel.

On a 5-4 vote, the board tabled the 2019-20 school calendar.

March 18, April 18 and June 12 were approved as snow makeup days for Jan. 31, Feb. 12 and Feb. 13.

The board approved the preliminary general operating budget for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for fiscal year 2019-20 in the amount of $837,388.

Board members granted approval to establishing the Future Business Leaders of America for students interested in becoming entrepreneurs or majoring in business-related topics. Laura Suchanick will serve as adviserof the club.

The board also approved an after-school program to provide additional literacy support for students in kindergarten through third grade. A grant secured by the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way will fund the program.

The board agreed to engage the services of EI Associates to prepare a feasibility study to apply for a grant to renovate the football field at Kemp Memorial Stadium.

Under personnel, the board accepted the resignations of assistant junior high track coach Kristin Reed and part-time hall monitor/building security employee Jean Kleman.

Amanda Krieger was hired as a part-time personal care assistant for the special education program at $9 per hour.

Michael Templar was appointed lead custodian at no salary change.

Stephen Suchanick was appointed as a human resource/fund accounting technican at a salary of $24,375.

Melissa Smith was appointed as a part-time hall monitor/building security employee at $10 per hour.

Wanda Cook was appointed head volleyball coach at a salary of $3,850 and Emily Witt was hired as her assistant at a salary of $1,500. Cook’s husband, Steve, who serves on the school board, was approved as a volunteer volleyball coach.

Jeffrey Rooney was hired as a junior high track assistant coach at a salary of $1,220.

Spring sports coaches also were approved.

Board members in attendance were Getchey, Cook, Shuey, Anderson, Melissa Hovenstine, Laura Scandle, Jeff Kashner, President Brian Persing and Edward Griffiths.

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