2015-10-24 / Community Life

Things looking up at Galeton School

Galeton Development Corporation members heard about several new initiatives at the Galeton Area School during this month’s meeting.

School Board member Rick Yonkin said morale is high among directors, staff and students.

With financial support from the Gale Foundation and a state grant, a “high tunnel” is being built on school grounds to accommodate agricultural and home economics education, as well as production of healthy food.

Yonkin also reported that the district’s establishment of a local classroom to assist emotionally challenged students, rather than busing them to other schools with similar facilities, has resulted in improved services and lower costs.

In other business, Cole Memorial Hospital representative B.J. Lowther reported that renovations have been completed at Cole’s Galeton Community Health Center and patient visits have been growing.

Andrew Lychalk, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, said this year’s Autumn Festival drew a record 40 vendors. Chamber members are now preparing for “Christmas in a Small Town.”

Borough Councilman Rob Pflug said the ambulance company is in need of drivers and emergency medical technicians. He also reported that a sidewalk repair project in on the public works schedule for next spring.

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