By Mary GrzebieniakNew Castle News
An exterminating company is working during the summer to make sure that when Wilmington area students return to school in August, the mice will be gone.
The junior/senior high school had a rodent infestation, school officials reported in May. Students found droppings and even dead mice in their lockers.
The problem was aggravated by the fact that recently installed lockers were vented toward the back and there was an empty space behind them. The space provided access for mice to enter student lockers through the vent holes.
The administration had to wait until students were dismissed for the summer to launch a serious exterminating effort. Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Matty reported at Mondays meeting that the Orkin Pest Control is working during the summer to eradicate the mice.
Matty said that one problem which contributed to the infestation is that students would leave candy or other foods in their lockers. He said there are other contributing factors as well and added thatthe problem of the locker construction is also being addressed.
In other business:
Technology manager Matt Maine reported the districts new website will be launched sometime in July. The website will feature live-streaming and will come with a smartphone app. The district is contracting with Apptegy for the website service.
School directors passed a first reading on accepting tuition students beginning with the coming school year.Until now, the district has only accepted tuition students for its vocational agriculture program. If passed, the school would be able to accept the students for any course of study, while at the same time it is reserving the right not accept everyone who applies.
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The board approved renewing the Questeq Technology Services of Pittsburgh contract for another year of technology services including two employees. Contract cost is $218,644.
A new phone service agreement with Shoretel Service, of Sunnyvale, California, for $4,500 per year. The district is switching from its former provider at a 50 percent savings.
The following Title I Summer School Teachers were approved: Nicole Prince, Kim Dormalik, Shirley Trimbur, Lisa Carna, Jay Sabik and Nichole Dickey.
Don Boyles, Patrick Matsook and Christian Davoli were approved as high school summer school teachers.
The board approved a two-year contract renewal with Shaffer Security & Investigations of New Castle to provide school security. The new contract includes a $1 per hour increase for security officers who will now make $25 per hour and a flat rate $125 per football or basketball game.
They agreed to a continue using the Odysseyware cyber school program for students attending cyber school through the district until August 2018. The contract cost is $13,416 for 20 students.
Elementary lunch prices were increased by five cents, bringing them to $1.75 for the coming year. Middle and High School Lunches remain at $2, with adult lunches $3, and reduced price lunches 40 cents.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. July 17.
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