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Yough board approves seismic testing

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Yough School Board last week approved an agreement between the district and Ion/McDonald Land Services LLC that allows the company to perform seismic 3-D geophysical testing on some districts properties.

The school district will receive a gratuity of $5 per acre for permitting the testing of approximately 100 acres, or about $500. Testing will be performed at H.W. Good, Mendon and West Newton elementary schools and at the high school.

In other business, the board approved a five-year agreement with Ford Business Machines to provide a print solution at a cost of $6,253 per month. The cost includes equipment upgrades and increases in volume, and is based on Costars pricing.

The directors also approved Schneider Electric, the district's Act 93 energy savings contractor, to do a phase one study of the heating and air conditioning system in the library at H.W. Good Elementary School.

Another action was prompted by the recent purchase of new science and social studies textbooks. The board approved the disposal of old science and social studies texts and resources that are not able to be donated or sold. The district will receive 50 percent of any revenue the company might get from the books, though the majority will likely be donated to countries in need, according to the district's business manager Mike Wrobleski.

In personnel matters the board approved the following actions:

•Employ the following coaches — Angela Varhula, varsity assistant softball; Tyler Dillinger, middle school head boys basketball and volunteer varsity baseball; Fred Kucinic, volunteer varsity baseball; Thomas Monteleone, volunteer band; Jeremy Zufall, volunteer wrestling; and Justin Mills, volunteer football.

•Add the following names to the substitute secretary/aide list — Pat Bisko and Christy Dubovsky.

•Add the following names to the substitute teacher list — Frances Del Duca, middle school math; Megan Boyer and Alyssa Nigro, elementary; Daniel Surovchak, art; and Martine Allegro, elementary, mid-level English, mid-level math, English, library, social studies and business computers.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-872-6800.