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Valley News Dispatch

Freeport Area School District aims to cut costs

| Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 12:03 a.m.
Melissa Toncini (left) of Leechburg exits the school with Mary Ann and Larry Townsend during the Freeport Area Middle School open house on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Dan Speicher | For The Tribune-Review
Melissa Toncini (left) of Leechburg exits the school with Mary Ann and Larry Townsend during the Freeport Area Middle School open house on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.

The Freeport Area School District is hoping to realize savings from phone lines and website services.

The school board next Wednesday will consider an agreement with SpyGlass LLC for an audit of telecommunications equipment to see if Freeport Area can cut costs.

District landline and cellphone use would be evaluated. If any savings are available, Freeport Area and SpyGlass would split the refunds and 12 months of savings on a 50/50 basis.

After the first year, the school district would receive all the savings.

The school board will look at moving its webmaster service from Schoolwires of Chicago to Edlio LLC of Los Angeles.

Freeport Area would save $1,100 annually with the move from the Schoolwires charge of $6,500 per year, according to Superintendent Ian Magness.

School Director Frank Prazenica Jr. asked if a local company could be found to provide the same service. But Magness said Edlio would make the school district's website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and “the next step would be to advertise on the website,” helping to defray costs.

Magness said the school district's website needs to be modernized.

Any transition to Edlio would take 13 weeks to 18 weeks.

Lucovich remains president

Daniel Lucovich was re-elected as school board president by an 8-0 vote. He was the only candidate.

Barbara Toy-Gaydos will be first vice president and Prazenica will be second vice president for 2017. Both were the only candidates.

Lucovich was also appointed to a new, three-year term on the joint operating committee that manages the Lenape Vocational School.

There was some disagreement as to whether the monthly school board meetings should remain the first and second Wednesdays of the month.

School board member Melanie Bollinger would like to attend Buffalo Township supervisors meetings to keep the school district appraised of township issues.

Another suggestion was to hold the school board meetings the second and third Wednesdays of the month.

But the school board finally voted to continue the agenda meeting the first Wednesday of the month, followed by the voting meeting on the second Wednesday.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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