Route 225 over Peter’s Mountain could be open in time to accommodate Thanksgiving holiday and ‘‘Black Friday’’ traffic.
‘‘Our goal is to have the road reopened to traffic by Wednesday evening (Nov. 26) right before Thanksgiving,’’ Greg Penny, community relations coordinator for the state Department of Transportation, said late last week.
Since the end of October, the steady hum of vehicle engines has been replaced with the grunts of heavy equipment, the clangs of a pile driver and the searing of acetylene torches.
And when that segment of Route 225 – one of the most heavily-traveled highways in the Sentinel’s coverage area – reopens in the near future, several changes will be visible to the road’s regular users.
Teachers, board OK
LOYALTON • The Upper Dauphin Area School District has a new two-year teacher contract.
District Superintendent Evan Williams confirmed late last week that both the school board and the Upper Dauphin Area Education Association have given approval to an agreement that will be in effect through June 30, 2016.
Under the new pact:
• Salaries will increase 1.25 percent, inclusive of step, for the 2014-1015 school year; and 1.75 percent, inclusive of step, for 2015-16.
• The medical insurance will change from a PPO Zero Deductible to a PPO 250/750, which calls for a $250 deductible for individuals and $750 deductible for families. There also is a premium share of 10 percent, a .75 increase. All district employees will be covered under this plan.
‘‘These modest changes will afford the district a better financial position and peace for the coming year and one-half for all district employees to concentrate on continuous improvement and increasing student learning,’’ Williams stated.
‘‘In addition to the negotiators of the Association and the District, the District’s labor counsel, Carl Beard, deserves much credit for this agreement,’’ he added.
The previous contract expited June 30. Therefore, the new agreement took effect July 1, retroactively.
The board voted 6-2-1 to approve the contract at its Nov. 20 committee meeting. Voting ‘‘yes’’ were Dave Barder, Angie Mattern, Roni Mace, Kathy Talhelm, Tony Matter and Jack Laudenslager. Mills Eure and Gerald Wiest voted ‘‘no.’’ Rev. Nathan Minnich was absent.
The association’s vote on the agreement was largely in favor, according to Williams. (The Sentinel offered the UDAEA an opportunity to comment. There was no response.)
Other business. In other business Nov. 20, the board:
• accepted the resignation of board member Tony Matter, effective Dec. 1. Matter represents Region 2 but is moving out of his current location in the region.
• accepted the resignation of employee Judy McGarvey, effective immediately.
Also in this week's
Tree Lightings -
Communities schedule Christmas tree lightings.
(And much more in this week's print edition of the Upper Dauphin Sentinel)