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West Side Center pact near

Board said new articles of agreement for former vo-tech almost ready for state review.

PRINGLE – New articles of agreement for the operating committee of the West Side Career and Technology Center are moving closer to adoption, the school’s superintendent of record reported Monday.

All four member districts — Dallas, Wyoming Area, Northwest Area and Lake-Lehman — have approved the articles, which were revised after the Wyoming Valley West School District opted not to participate on the joint operating committee last year.

Superintendent Nancy Tkatch said the articles now need signatures before they are forwarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval.

But Tkatch also noted that a consultant hired by Valley West has asked to meet with representatives of the tech school about the articles.

Tkatch, who represents Northwest Area, and Dallas Superintendent Frank Galicki were to meet with the consultant on Tuesday, Tkatch said.

The committee also discussed correspondence from former principal Lee Namey.

Solicitor Charles Coslett said the discussion, which was held during a closed executive session during the meeting because it related to personnel or litigation, dealt with a complaint Namey has about the amount of compensation he received when he retired last year.

“We disagree and will notify Mr. Namey and his counsel in writing,” Coslett said.

In other business, the board approved the first reading of a new admission policy.

Administrative Director Elizabeth Ellis said the new policy reflects changes covered in the new articles of agreement, including part-time and flexible enrollment.

The agreement also includes new state-mandated requirements for criminal background checks, vaccinations and physical exams for health technology students, Ellis said.

The board also approved the hiring of Lori Vandermark as career resource and recruiting director at a salary of $30,000 plus benefits.

All four member districts approved new articles of agreement, which were revised after Wyoming Valley West opted out last year.

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