2017-01-11 / Local

School board recognized as part of month of appreciation



WYALUSING — Wyalusing School Board members came away from Monday’s meeting with a few perks as part of School Director Recognition Month.

“It’s just a small token of appreciation for what you do,” said Superintendent Dr. Jason Bottiglieri.

According to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, School Director Recognition Month is held each year “to salute a group of nine people who spend dozens of hours each month voluntarily leading our schools and making difficult decisions.”

Wyalusing School Board members were presented a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, thank-you cards created by the elementary students, and a green candle bearing the Wyalusing logo.

They had also been treated to a meal that was paid for by the school district’s administrators.

However, the school board members weren’t the only ones recognized Monday.

School board President Chad Salsman said during a recent visit to the Bradford County Courthouse, he encountered a citizen who attended a recent Wylausing Lions Club meeting that involved Bottiglieri and three former Wyalusing students were each awarded $1,000 scholarships.

“The citizen came up to me and said, ‘You have a wonderful superintendent. He’s very interactive with the students,’” said Salsman. “That was nice to hear instead of negative things.”

Wyalusing Valley High School representative Gerrica Clouse also recognized her fellow Future Business Leaders of America members, reporting that 31 students will be attending the state conference in April in Hershey following the recent regional competition.

“We really hope we do well and can get some people to nationals,” said Clouse, who added that the state competition turnout could be the highest Wyalusing has ever had.

Clouse said the FBLA has already raised $4,000 for the National Kidney Foundation — the organization’s charity of choice. Fundraising is continuing with a candy sale and a duct tape sale, in which students can purchase lengths of duct tape and submit a teacher or administrator’s name on them as part of a selection process. The teacher or administrator with the most votes will then be duct taped to the wall during the boys basketball game against Athens later this month.

“I can’t wait to see who gets taped,” said school board member Gene Anne Woodruff.

Matt Hicks can be reached at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1628; or email mhicks@thedailyreview.com.

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