LEHMAN TWP. — An anonymous donation of 200 backpacks will help Lake-Lehman elementary school students be ready for school in September.
The brand new book bags, valued at over $2,000, will be split between the district’s three elementary schools, board member Karen Masters said at Monday night’s school board meeting.
Administration staff and guidance departments at Lake-Noxen, Lehman-Jackson and Ross elementary schools will distribute the book bags to families, she said.
Masters said an individual came to her home July 17 with news of the pending donation at which time she hugged him “for as long as he would let me.”
“I think he felt there are a lot of kids in the area that could use them,” she said. “Some of the backpacks have lunch boxes attached.”
The first delivery of the donation was received Monday at the Lake-Lehman Junior-Senior High School building.
“He said he could not bring it all in one load,” Masters said.
Some backpacks feature cartoon characters, while others have various designs on them, she said.
In other news, the school board members approved the hiring of the following staff, pending the receipt of all security and youth protection clearances:
• Kathleen Owens, of Shickshinny, part-time food service employee, at a rate of $10.50 an hour for three hours per day, effective Aug. 24.
• Melissa Headman, of Noxen, part-time food service employee at a rate of $11.25 an hour for five hours per day, effective Aug. 24.
• John Rogowski, of Hunlock Creek, a full-time maintenance employee at a rate of $11.50 an hour for eight hours per day.
Also, school members approved a $6,664.74, 48-month agreement with Xerox Corporation for copy services starting in September for the 2016-17 school year. The contract includes unlimited copies, maintenance service and supplies.