By David Lindenmuth
SHENANDOAH - After 18 years at the helm of the Shenandoah Valley Junior/Senior High School, Phillip Andras has resigned as principal effective August 31, a resignation the school board accepted at it's Wednesday night meeting.
The district placed advertisements in the classifieds section of Tuesday's Hazleton Standard~Speaker and Pottsville Republican-Herald, placings which were retroactively approved at the meeting.
"Mr. Andras had proven that students are always first when making any building level decision. I appreciate his dedication and commitment to the students in the Shenandoah Valley School District. I know Mr. Andras bleeds blue and white, and forever will remain a blue devil." District Superintendent Brian Waite said during the board meeting. "My heart goes out to him, and great pleasure for him in the ability to, at this point in time, announce his retirement, and I thank him for all he's done for Shenandoah High School."
"As board president, I'd also like to thank Mr. Andras for his hard work and dedication over the years. He's spent many long nights at our workshops, all of us here. "When you're appointed or when you're elected as a school board member, you have no idea what you're getting into. I've learned a lot from Mr. Andras, He's helped make it a little bit easier, doing what we do. I want to congratulate Mr. Andras on his retirement." Board President Daniel Salvadore said.
By David Lindenmuth
GIRARDVILLE - Road Closed No More. The 200 Block of North Second Street has reopened, after borough officials demolished a collapsing property at 205 North Second Street. The street had been closed since January.
The building was demolished on Wednesday, after borough officials and the property owner, Will Schultz, Ashland, signed an agreement allowing the borough to demolish the property, with Schultz paying the cost of demolition at a later date.
In March, Schultz launched a GoFundMe to attempt to cover the costs, stating ""I can't afford to do anything and the fines keep mounting. They say I have to take that up with the owner next door. He has since filed bankruptcy so I can't go after him. To make matters worse, I have been laid off from my job the beginning of January. There is nothing I can do at this point and I am about to be put in jail if the building isn't down in a month to 60 days."