CANTON - The Canton Area School Board recently accepted several retirements and the state's dispersement for Homestead/Farmstead relief.

The action was taken at the board's regular meeting this week.

The board approved a motion to accept the state's dispersement of gaming funds to provide Homestead/Farmstead relief, per Act 1 of 2006, in the amount of $298,146.

In addition, the board approved several retirements. They are:

- Joanne Laverty, elementary guidance counselor, with 21 years of full-time service in the district, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Nancy Acresti, custodian supervisor, with 28 years of full-time service in the district, effective June 28.

- Denise Walker, elementary physical education teacher, with 32.5 years of full-time service in the district, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Lisa Rohler, elementary art teacher, with 26 years of full-time service in the district, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Mary Herman, elementary teacher, with 34 years of full-time service in the district, effective at end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Gary Gleckner, high school math teacher, with eight years of full-time service in the district, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Janet Walburn, elementary teacher, with 20 years of full-time service in the district, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

- Sue Thomas, food service director, with 23 years of full-time service in the district, effective June 30.

The retirees were acknowledged for their many years of service, and applauded. Board president Jared Wilcox read off each name and their years of service, one at a time.

The board accepted the resignation of Jessica LaMont, basketball cheerleading coach, effective immediately, and added Danielle Page, paraprofessional, to the substitute list, pending completion of all paperwork, retroactive to April 29.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.