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MAHANOY CITY — The Mahanoy Area school board hopes to have a new sound system installed at its football stadium in time for its homecoming game Oct. 13.

At its September meeting Wednesday night, the board voted to spend up to $6,000 to install a new system. Greg Merchlinsky, an assistant football coach, has volunteered to do the installation.

“I mean, it’s bad,” Superintendent Joie L. Green said as she described the system at the meeting at the district’s Large Group Instruction Room. She said the system was “old,” but she wasn’t sure how old it was.

John J. “Jack” Hurst, district business administrator, said Stanley J. Sabol Jr., the high school principal, and Green had talked with him about the problems with the system. Sabol talked to Merchlinsky about the project.

“He got me prices and quotes and everything regarding the system. And with him having the electronics background, he said he would volunteer his time to install everything. I think it would cost around $5,500,” Sabol said at the meeting.

“He’s only charging us for the supplies, not for the work,” Green said.

Merchlinsky teaches electronics at the Lehigh Career Technical Institute in Schnecksville, Lehigh County, Green said.

Board member Dan Lynch made the motion to do the project with a budget “not to exceed $5,500.”

“Why don’t you say $6,000, just in case?” Hurst said.

Lynch amended his motion. It was seconded by board member Gary Gnall, and carried unanimously in a roll call vote by other board members in attendance. Also present were: Jay Hanley, school board president; Steve Gnall, board vice president; Karen Yedsena, board treasurer; Nancy Boyle, board secretary, and board members John Honus and Michael Mistishen. Board member Mary Agnes DiCasimirro was absent.

“Maybe we’ll have (it) for homecoming,” Green said.

Last week, there were electrical problems reported in a school bus which the district’s transportation director, Jason Burke, was driving. It was Bus No. 7.

After school on Sept. 21, one of the district’s bus drivers was using it to transport students. The driver was experiencing problems with it in Rush Township. The bus driver parked it at Marian High School, Hometown.

“She called me on the radio and got a faint smell of wires burning, like the rubber coating,” Burke said. “I ordered her to stay there and I brought another bus out for her to finish her run.”

Burke got behind the wheel of the bus and started driving it back to the bus garage at 4 Park Place Road, Mahanoy Township. When he reached North Main Street in Mahanoy City, he smelled smoke and pulled over.

“It was in the instrument cluster area under the dash. It just filled up with a wire burning smell. There were no flames that I could see,” Burke said. He called emergency services since he was suspicious.

The bus was towed by Brightbill Body Works, Lebanon, the firm the district contracts with for such repairs. Since then, it was fitted with some new parts, Burke said.

The school board is still awaiting the bill, he said.

In other matters, the board is looking to buy an infrared scanner, which Edward Blazis, its facilities director, could use to inspect sections of the roof for aging. No action was taken on the matter Wednesday.

Other actions the board took include the following:

• Hired Ron Troy Asphalt, Frackville, to pave the new parking area outside the junior-senior high school at a cost of $5,325.

• Accepted a proposal from NRG Controls North Inc., Selinsgrove, to add a heating unit to the boys locker room at a cost of $18,600.

• Hired Tomlinson Bomberger Lawn Care, Landscape Pest Control, Lancaster, to make $7,938.50 worth of improvements at the baseball field and $3,272 in work at the softball field.

• Hired Jennifer Marshall, Mahanoy City, as an assistant junior/senior high school cross country coach at a salary of $3,089.34, retroactive to Sept. 7.

• Appointed Dan Nester and Elsie Popalis as co-advisers for the Junior/Senior High School National Honor Society at a salary of $331 each.

• Appointed Emily Kesselring as the seventh- and eighth-grade spelling bee coach at a salary of $540.37.

• Moved the date of the next school board meeting to 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

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