Last evening the Board of Directors for the Shamokin Area School District approved a tentative agreement with the Shamokin Area Education Association for a new collective bargaining agreement which will last until 2023. The students of the District will start the school year on time with no threat of a work stoppage for the foreseeable future. The parties worked collaboratively to achieve this new agreement taking steps to give the Administration flexibility with staff, provide a new and cost saving health care plan, while providing the professional employees competitive wage increases, as well as increasing starting rates for new professional employees coming into the District. Details of the agreement cannot be released until after the Association votes on the agreement later this week, however, the Board of Directors and the Administration feel comfortable this new agreement will enable the District to maintain course offerings and opportunities for the students of Shamokin Area now and into the future. Furthermore, the District believes this new agreement will allow for less budgetary constraints with the change in the health care plan while providing competitive wage increases to our professional staff.
The Board of Directors and the District's administration would like to thank the Association negotiating team for its hard work and willingness to compromise to achieve a settlement prior to the start of the school year.
Have a wonderful summer vacation!
Nowadays, threats towards schools, students, administrators and other staff members are vastly increasing. The Educators School Safety Network reports it has recorded 50 threats a day on average since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida. That number, compared to the previous average of 10 threats per day is staggering!
This nationwide epidemic is breeding fear, anxiety and frustration into everyone. And social media and other electronic means do not help the situation. We here at Shamokin Area School District want to reassure all parents and guardians that we are taking every precautionary measure to protect and defend the safety of our students.
Children are frightened. Parents are angry. Sadly all children experience fears, but they should be able to feel safe in school. They should also have a stress free zone to learn but threats affect education by monopolizing classroom teaching time and wasting costly resources.
What are we as a school doing?
In order to accomplish this we have hired armed guards and additional security, made building improvements, installed metal detectors, updated security cameras, implemented many backpack policies, educating students about bullying, implemented a dress code policy, training teachers and staff, increasing area police presence in our schools, etc.
Now, what can you do?
According to Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology & Director if Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, a few things parents/guardians can do to help are:
If you suspect your child or someone you know is having emotional struggles, please say something. Our school counselors can be contacted at the appropriate building if you would like them to speak with a student. Their information is:
Mr. Weller at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3509
Mrs. McCabe at the MHS: (570)648-5731, extension 3507
Mrs. Fetterman at the Elem/Annex: (570)648-5721, extension 2728
Or you can contact the Northumberland County Behavioral Health / Intellectual & Developmental Services at (570)495-2040 or checkout their website at https://www.norrycopa.net/index.php/bhids/.
*Revised April 30, 2018
Summer Meals Locator
Schools or families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that will serve free meals to children during the summer:
* you may call 211
* call 1.866.3hungry OR 1.877.8hambre
* text "MEALPA" to 877877 (Summer Only)
* visit the website www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
* use the site locator for smartphones – Rangeapp.org
For additional information about the Summer Food Service Program please contact Mary Ringenberg at email@example.com or 717.783.6501.