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Future Blue Raiders show their stuff

footballgroupPhoto by Jodi Ocker -- Varsity players checking out camp after the morning lifting session

Although he’s unable to make any definite claims, Middletown head football coach Brett Myers said he was pleased with the talent he witnessed at last week’s youth football camp.
“We had 35 kids sign up, which was a good start,” Myers said. “We hope to expand on that number each year, maybe 45 next year and up to 60 or more the following years.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 16:43

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Future Middletown b-ball stars shine at camp

BBALLCAMPW STORY 6 22 16Photo Courtesy of Chris Sattele -- Future stars for the Middletown Area School District’s basketball program are pictured during a time out at Chris Sattele’s annual basketball camp.

The gym at the Middletown Middle School was humming with basketball action last week. Even though basketball season has been over for several months, Chris Sattele, head varsity coach of the Blue Raiders and leader of the basketball program in the Middletown Area School District, reported 48 kids signed up for this year’s annual camp. “It was a good group and the kids were enthusiastic about what we were doing,” he said.

Sattele’s campers, young athletes from Kindergarten through eighth grade, were predominately boys although there were also a couple girls in the group. For many, the camp is a good starting point for those who may have their sights set on future play on the hardwood courts at the elementary, junior high and varsity levels.

Throughout the week campers received individual attention with an emphasis on improving fundamental skills. The camp ran Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., included sessions structured to meet each camper’s individual needs, regardless of skill level. Sattele sends them off at the close of the camp with advice and encouragement to practice what they learned from the summer sessions.

Aside from the fundamentals the campers also engaged in 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3 and 5 on 5 competitions. There were also Hot Shot, Free Throw, 7 Spots and Knockout competitions throughout the week which were used to also help improve the shooting skills of the young players.

Varsity players Luke Mrakovich, Trey Michal, Tre Leach, Jarrod Meyers and Kyle Truesdale were instructors, organizers and coaches during the week of activities. Camp guest speakers were Mark Seidenburg, head coach at Messiah College, and Mike Gaffey, head coach at Bishop McDevitt High School. Gaffey was also Sattele’s coach at Palmyra High School and the two have a long-standing basketball relationship.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:42

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School salaries, budget OK'd


Salary increases, approval of the school budget, several contracts and use of a drug to combat overdoses occupied the Middletown Area School Board at its meeting Monday June 13.raider logo small

Pay increase for superintendent

A 3.1 percent pay increase was approved for Middletown Area School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski for the 2016-17 school year by the school board on June 20.
Suski's salary for 2016-17 will be $144,831.13.

All other district administrators are also getting a 3.1 percent increase for 2016-17, said David Franklin, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.

Taxes held in
2016-17 budget

The board also gave final approval to a $43.7 million district budget for 2016-17 that for the second year in a row does not increase the property tax.

Personnel changes

In other actions during the June 20 meeting, Suski announced that the school district will be looking for a new principal to lead Kunkel Elementary School.

The board in May had tapped Darren DiCello as Kunkel's new principal as part of a reorganization of administrators. But DiCello is now being reassigned as the district's new director of technology and digital learning, as a result of John Brougher resigning as director of information technology effective July 24, 2016.

Brougher has accepted a position as the new director of information technology for Palmyra Area School District, Suski explained.

DiCello, before being promoted to the Kunkel principal position, had been the school district's director of instructional technology.

The school district will begin searching for a new Kunkel principal immediately, Suski told the board.

Contracts approved

Also, the school board approved a new three-year contract with about 35 custodial and maintenance employees who are represented by the Middletown Area Education Support Personnel Association.

The contract includes average pay increases of 2.43 percent for 2016-17, 2.52 percent for 2017-18, and 2.42 percent for 2018-19, Franklin said. The association has ratified the contract, he added.

The school district also has an approved agreement with district teachers through June 30, 2018, as a result of the contract that was approved last September with the Middletown Area Education Association.

Use of overdose drug approved

In an unrelated development, the school board by 8-0 vote gave final approval to a policy that will allow nurses and other trained district staff to administer naloxone in case of a student or someone else having a heroin or opioid overdose on school grounds.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a drug known to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Naloxone will now be stored on site and available for use at all district schools as a result of the board approving the policy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:52

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