When: Mannheim Township School Board Meeting, February 17.
What happened: Students planning post-secondary education opportunities will have a new tool to help them, as the board voted to switch from Naviance to Scoir.
What is that: Scoir is a personalized and secure website that supports college and career planning. It also facilitates the submission of college application materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Context: At the Feb. 10 meeting, Joni Lefever, director of student services, and Elizabeth Ziegler, K-12 counselor, recommended the change to Scoir. Ziegler said Manheim Township Counseling Service chose Scoir because counselors believe it is the best system for supporting students and will save the district thousands of dollars each year.
Comment: Ziegler said Feb. 11 that advisers have been unhappy with Naviance over the past few years because it’s not easy for students to navigate. The contract costs $6,500 per year, while Scoir has no costs beyond the $250 setup fee. “At this point, we see no downside,” Lefever said.
Also: The board approved minor revisions to a 2003 policy on video/audio recording on school property and in school buses and vehicles. The reviews acknowledge that law enforcement may use body cameras that record images and/or sound in the normal course of their business in accordance with their department’s practices and policies, while prohibiting the use of audio recordings that are not created for educational purposes. on any district property, school bus or vehicle. At the Feb. 10 meeting, Superintendent Robin Felty said district attorney Robert Frankhouser recommended that the revisions be in accordance with the Manheim Township Police Department.
Contract: The council approved a five-year contract with Hines Lawn Service for lawn mowing and maintenance at an annual cost of $234,350, up from $229,250 per year in the previous contract.
Sports: Jessica Shellenberger, who was unable to attend the meeting, was welcomed as the new women’s field hockey coach for the Township of Mannheim. A former coach at Donegal High School, Shellenberger was selected as the winner of the 2019 USA Field Hockey National Coach People’s Choice Award. In addition, student Henry Gingrich, who attended the meeting, was recognized for competing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Swimming Championships on February 11-12, winning first place in the 100 yard freestyle and 100 butterfly yards.
Mini-TUNA: Board Member Reports: Board Member Nikki Rivera reported that the Middle School Mini-THON raised $3,000 to help beat childhood cancer.