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Freeport school changes slated for presentation

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 12:17 a.m.

The architect for the new Freeport Area High School will present building design changes next month.

HHSDR Architects will show the latest changes on the design, site plan, traffic flow and classrooms on Dec. 12.

The presentation should take about an hour, according to officials. The school board will go into its regular meeting at 7:30.

Some design changes were made after consulting with teachers and other staff members.

The building plan was submitted in September to state officials.

No start date has been determined for the $28 million building, which will be located adjacent to the present high school building off Route 356 in Buffalo Township.

The current high school building will become a middle school. The present junior high school in Freeport and the Freeport Kindergarten Center will be closed.

The school district and Freeport Borough will begin a series of meetings in December to see what could be done with the two soon-to-be vacated buildings.

Freeport Councilmen John Mazurowski, Tom Swisher, Tim Adams and Treasurer Richard Hill will represent the borough. Superintendent Christopher DeVivo and school board members Susan Lowers and Frank Borrelli will represent the school district.

A fourth school district representative could be named as early as Wednesday.

In other business

• The school board's reorganization meeting is set for Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

• Board President Mark Shoaf wants the district to revisit lunch prices and get a handle on rising costs.

Shoaf said the $3 lunch price was “the highest in the Valley area.”

With a new federal mandate prescribing smaller portions, students are buying a second lunch and chowing down on a la carte items.

Shoaf suggested the board lower the price to $2.75 or $2.50 for the second semester.

“It might not seem like much, but every little bit helps,” Shoaf said.

Board member Frank Prazenica Jr. said the board should bring on an expert consultant to evaluate the lunch program and how it could be run more efficiently.The school district pours in about $200,000 annually into the lunch program.

The school board might also consult with cafeteria employees on efficiency ideas.

• The school board on Wednesday will consider hiring substitute teachers Erika Planavsky, Laura Scherba and Cristina Zacchia at $130 per day, replacing full-timers Jodi Crytzer, Claudine Rumbaugh and Sara Sypulski who are all on leaves of absences.

• The board will consider granting tenure Wednesday to special education teacher Dayna Pizzuti-Seward and social studies teacher Seth Thompson.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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