COUDERSPORT — After swearing in five members and electing the president and vice president of the board, during a reorganizational session on Dec. 4, Coudersport School Board conducted both the December work and business sessions, during which they recognized a 12-year board member, approved limiting any increase to real estate taxes to stay within the maximum state approved index and elected the treasurer.

Carol Carts was elected as temporary president to swear in Jennifer Chambers, Sharon Deutschlander, Cynthia Taylor, Micki Brown and Connie Kallerson. Russell Streich was unanimously elected as president by the board and Brown to vice president. Carol Empson, absent from the reorganizational meeting, was elected to the technical center delegate and Brown was elected as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association legislative representative.

Brown was also recognized for 12 years of service on the Coudersport school board by Superintendent Jacqueline Canter. Canter said PSBA encourages board members be recognized for every four years of service.

During the work session John Abplanalp, business manager, requested the board approve limiting any potential increase to real estate taxes in 2020 to be within 3.5%, the maximum state approved index. The board unanimously approved this request.

Among the five items in the superintendent report, Canter said there was a 91% increase use of athletic training hours, compared to the same time last year. Abplanalp, also elected as board treasurer, requested the maximum hours for athletic trainers be changed to 750 from the initially agreed upon 500. Jenn Chambers made the motion, Cynthia Taylor seconded the motion and 7-1 voted in favor of the motion, to increase the number of hours to 750. Empson opposed the motion.

Finally, Abplanalp requested board approval for the year-end audit report, presented by Dave Tianna, certified public accountant with D.W.B. Tianna advised the board that the district’s financial statements are in accordance with nationally, generally accepted accounting principles and there were few changes in the district’s expense, revenue and net positions since 2015. The board unanimously approved the audit report.

Other agenda items presented, discussed and voted upon included:

  • Expending $30,000 from the capital expenditure account for the new camera security system
  • The transportation plan, three employee trip requests and two student field trip requests
  • Assembly for Teen Dating Violence Awareness presentation in January and contribution of funds to cover the cost