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NANTICOKE — During the Greater Nanticoke Area School Board meeting Thursday, Amanda Schraeder, an eighth-grade science teacher in the district, read aloud an essay she wrote for her graduate education class at Misericordia University.

In the essay, Schraeder encourages GNA students to develop and foster a sense of pride in their district.

Schraeder has heard people from outside of the area make demeaning comments regarding both Nanticoke and its school system. Schraeder stated that the among the “biggest issue that my school faces is people in the district constantly putting themselves and their community down.”

Schraeder, who has been teaching at GNA for five years, said that the community has a history of hardworking people who feel that “every job is important and necessary to make the community (as a whole).” She concluded by saying the students try “to live up to the examples of the good role models in our school buildings.”

In other matters: the board amended the Articles of Agreement, formalizing a school name change from Wilkes-Barre Area Vocational Technical School to Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center. Albert B. Melone Co., certified public accountants, has been appointed by the board as the school’s business consultants for a three-year contract term from Dec. 1, 2012 to Dec. 1, 2015.

The board also has given approval for the GNA School District to become part of the Virtual Learning Network at an annual membership fee of $16,750.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 11.

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