Board develops new house plans

DIMOCK TWP. – With one house project completed and ready for sale, the Elk Lake School Board began the Susquehanna County Career and Technology part of its Oct. 17 meeting to review bids for the inception of a second house that will be built by the students as soon as the weather permits.

An open house was held this past weekend for anyone interested in purchasing the house or those who just wanted to view the students work.

Director of the SCCTC, Alice Davis, said that between 200 and 250 folks toured the house.

The house will be sold to the highest bidder above the fair market value price. The deadline for independent bids will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. The bids will be opened on Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. If no bids come in above the fair market price, then the SCCTC will sign on with Endless Reality, of Tunkhannock, and the house will be advertised for sale through them.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept a bid submitted by Andrejack Excavating, of Montrose, for $33,000 to excavate the grounds for the new house. The awarded bid was just short of $17,000 less than that of the only remaining bid submitted.

In addition, a unanimous vote accepted a bid of $35,315 for concrete work for the new house project. The bid accepted was submitted by Bradley Company, of Nescopeck.

Following an hour long executive session at the prelude of the meeting, three students who attend the SCCTC started the meeting by giving a brief outline of the curriculum offered there. The students, Heather Kays, Candace Kelley and Brittany Faux thanked the board for their continued support of a program which they described as “very successful.”

Davis stated that the Susquehanna County Community Foundation recently donated $8,143 of monies to be used for students who qualify for the financial assistance.

In the Elk Lake School Board part of the night’s meeting, principal Ken Cuomo said that the school’s online grading system was gaining interest.

The new system allows parents of students’ grades 4-12 to access grades online. Cuomo said that several parents have already begun to use the system.

The District’s Tax Study Commission made up of 10 people who were appointed to study the district’s tax structure and to make recommendations to the board concerning a front-end referendum question for a future primary election met for the first time on Sept. 18.

Superintendent Bill Bush reported that the commission is scheduled to meet again on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. He said that the commission will be ready to conduct a public hearing concerning their recommendations on Nov. 28 and the board will review the group’s recommendations at the district’s reorganization meeting scheduled for Dec. 5.

The board is scheduled to meet next on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.