The Northern Tioga School District board meeting for March kicked off with a couple of songs from the Williamson High School jazz band. Eric Lavelle, music teacher at Williamson High School and R.B. Walter Elementary, led the band as they celebrated Music in Our Schools Month.

During the buildings and grounds portion of the March 9 meeting, it was announced that the renovations were coming to an end. There is still a punch list and walk through that need completed, but the renovations are nearly finished.

Also approved during the meeting were secure entrance renovations at the three elementary schools.

Following the musical introduction the board meeting got under way with the student of the month recognitions.

Representing Williamson High School was Justus Doty, a junior. Doty was recognized for his performance in the study of English. Doty’s teacher said he displays a positive attitude and strong work ethic in the classroom.

From the Williamson Middle School, Sara Dreibelbis was nominated for student of the month. She was recognized for her work in 4-H, farming and being a member of the Williamson Band, jazz and chorus.

Cowanesque Valley senior Riley Ortt was recognized as the student of the month for her hard work in the classroom which had resulted in her maintaining a high honor roll status every marking period.

From Cowanesque Valley Middle School, Caden Hess was honored as the student of the month. Hess was nominated for the effort he puts into all his work.

Bristol Slaymaker, a fourth grade student at R.B. Walter, was recognized as the student of the month. She was nominated for her positive attitude and her willingness to put extra time into her work.

From Clark Wood Elementary School, Alyvia Morgan was honored as the student of the month. Morgan was recognized for her hard work, positive attitude and for exemplifying the RAMS expectations.

Lundin Pierce was nominated as the student of the month from Westfield Elementary School. Pierce was recognized for being kind, pleasant and hard working.

Following the student of the month awards the board meeting began with the granting of tenure to Melinda Fry, the school nurse at Westfield Area Elementary School and Cowanesque Valley High School.

Superintendent Dr. Diana Barnes mentioned the success of the health fair at Clark Wood Elementary School earlier in the month as well as the musical at Williamson High School.

The next meeting was scheduled for April 14, but that was before the announcement Friday, March 13 by Governor Tom Wolf that all Pennsylvania schools would close for the two weeks before the coronavirus situation was re-evaluated.