Food service workers, aides get 50-cent raise at MCA board meeting
COAL TOWNSHIP — The Mount Carmel Area School Board raised the salary of 180 and 185 day-teacher aides, and all food service workers by 50-cents an hour during a special meeting Wednesday at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center.
The raise in pay seemed to satisfy several food service workers employed by the district who were in attendance. The group had previously requested a 75-cent increase and were prepared to speak at Wednesday’s meeting.
Voting in favor were members Tony Mazzatesta, Michael Venna, Edward Zack, William Brecker and Donna James. James Britt and Brian Shurock abstained. Jessica Delaney and Joseph Zanella were absent.
Worker Kim Hornung thanked the board.
A yearly contract between the district and Big Foot Crossing to treat the football and soccer fields was unanimously approved at a cost of $3,982.88. The price is the same as the previous contract.
In other business, the board:
• Approved Berkheimer OneSource for the comparison and processing of the district’s Act 80 records at a cost of $795.
• Hireded Edward Paul as part-time custodian at $8 an hour with a six-month probationary period.
• Approved a salary classification change for Beth Ann Burns from Step 5 Master’s at a salary of $39,728 to Step 5 Masters plus 30 at a salary of $40,789, effective immediately.
• Accepted the following mentors for new teachers, each with a stipend of $500: Patricia Kiefaber, Elizabeth Geise and Cheryl Heyer.
• Approved Harry Pytak and Lisa Allen to be added to the substitute list, pending file completion.
• Approved a $2,000 stipend for Erica Nestico to reflect the successful establishment of the TELA program.
A brief reorganization meeting was held prior to the special meeting.
The time for regular meetings, which are held on the third Thursday of each month, was set at 7:30 p.m. Work sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m. The special meeting next December will be held immediately proceeding the reorganization meeting.
Britt was appointed president; James vice president and Venna temporary chairperson of the board. Britt and James will remain on the technology center’s school board.
The board met for 45 minutes in executive session to discuss personnel.