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February 16. 2013 8:17PM
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FACTORYVILLE- At the Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting, Aug. 13, Cathy Strauch, wife of School Board member Joseph Strauch, mentioned to the board that a student, whose name was not mentioned, was not able to graduate with her class this past school year.

"She does have her certificate now, thank you," said Cathy Strauch, "but it bothered me immensely when I found out about this particular person."

Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas asked Strauch if this student was aware that Strauch was speaking on her behalf. Strauch assured the board members that the student knew . Strauch said she was there to make a point about the district's school code policy 217, which states "All students who don't fill all the requirements cannot be part of the graduation exercises."

Strauch asked the board why no one helped the student sooner. Board president Ned Clarke thanked Strauch for her concerns, and told her that he will look into the matter.

Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas announced that the students will return to classes Aug. 29.

Rakauskas then introduced the newly hired special education director Stephanie Russell.

Rakauskas mentioned that Professor Jim Hagan, professor of education at Keystone College, will speak about fundamentals and classroom management.

Rakauskas discussed Adventurers & Explorers Program, in which Lackawanna Trail collaborated with Keystone College.

He said that the program was successful in 2008 and 2010, and will run again in either late September or early October.

Clarke welcomed Dr. Mark Murphy, the new assistant high school truancy officer for the district. Murphy said that he's working on an anti-truancy program to address students who had a certain amount of absences last year.

"We're going to take a proactive approach to that, and try to encourage them to establish healthy and regular attendance habits at the high school and also at the elementary school," said Murphy.

Elementary principal Dr. Tania Stoker announced that a new scoreboard was installed in the elementary center. High school principal John Rushefski thanked the board for supporting the assistant coach positions for all-girls' basketball and football and for supporting extracurricular activities.

"When student have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular sports and positive programs, it does improve academics," said Rushefski.

Christina Calautti was appointed as an assistant girls basketball coach by a 8-0 vote.

Board member Carol Selwood made a motion that Ryan Laubach be approved as a volunteer girls and boys volleyball coach.The board agreed 8-0.

Jeff Marx was appointed as National Honor Society Advisor by a vote of 8-0.

Dr. Michael Mould was elected as Treasurer of the Lackawanna Trail School District for the 2012-2013 fiscal year by a vote of 8-0.

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