September 24, 2014
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An era of good feelings pervades the campus of Susquehanna Community School District. Typically good news isn’t news per se. “The Era of Good Feelings” first made American headlines in 1817 following President Monroe’s goodwill visit to Boston. The current cause of good feelings at SCSD is of a perhaps humbler, but time-tested, origin -- relational trust established between employer and employee, school board and union, administration and faculty.
Union Representative Kathleen Hinkley summed up that trust when she spoke at the Wednesday, September 17 meeting of SCSD’s school directors. Ms. Hinkley noted that the union would be negotiating a new contract for teachers this year. She recalled how smoothly previous contract negotiations had been finalized with minimal (two) meetings, and further affirmed that years of close cooperation, understanding of the other side’s position, and mutual goodwill had established an enviable bond of trust and good feelings. That enviable bond of trust, Ms. Hinkley noted, has only rarely been duplicated in other Pennsylvania school districts.
At the September 18th meeting of the Elk Lake and SCCTC school boards, Mrs. Teel announced that they were planning to change some upcoming board meeting dates. The career center meeting would be moved from the first to the eighth, and the Elk Lake meeting would be moved to the 20th.
Mrs. Guiton provided an update on the JCI project. She introduced a representative of Johnson Controls, who represented the company on the site most every day. He had been hired by Johnson Controls to be the on-site supervisor. He worked for a sister company to PLD, Keystone Commissioning. There was a December 31st expected delivery of natural gas still, she reported, and she said Dr. Cuomo had been discussing that with Leatherstocking. She reviewed the work which had been completed, which included the lighting and occupancy sensors. The hood controls were done in the high school kitchen, but they were having a difficult time getting the right controls in for food management. They had all the existing hot water univents reconditioned (cleaned and tested) and converted to digital control. The boiler plant was up and running, and the components were communicating electronically with each other. The propane tank was installed and filled. (Some of the staff had undergone a class on that.) The propane tank held 14,400 gallons, they had put just over 9,000 gallons in it.
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