TROY - The Troy Area School District superintendent said Tuesday that Troy students taking the literature portion of the Keystone Exams this year "knocked the socks off it."

Superintendent W. Charles Young spoke at the school board meeting, saying that he was borrowing a line from Eileen Sparduti, the district's coordinator of student academic programs. He said that's what she said upon hearing about the scores.

Young said the 10th and 11th graders' literature test scores were almost 20 points higher than the state average. They took the test in January.

Students taking the biology and algebra portions of the test were in line with the rest of the state, he added.

In other business, the funding news wasn't as good.

During the federal programs report, Steve Brion reported that there was a 7.3 percent drop in federal Title I funding for this year, which amounts to a little over $35,000.

For next year, there is an additional 5.3 percent loss, or $23,000, which is directly due to the budget sequestration, Young said.

Board member Mike Olsyn was concerned about kids losing out as a result.

Brion said the funding has been steadily declining.

On another money-related matter, the board named Che Regina, who attended the meeting, as fundraiser/director of development through July 2014.

He will have a 25 percent commission on all funds raised, up to a maximum of $20,000 a year.

The board accepted the retirements of Martin Hager, custodian, effective June 8, and Sonja Haflett, elementary teacher, effective at the end of the school year.

Board president Todd Curren thanked them for their many years of service to the district.

The resignation of Beth Chamberlain, four-hour casual custodian, was accepted, effective Feb. 25.

Tonya Seifried and Lori Sollenberger were approved as support staff substitutes.

Troy High School Principal Sue Shipman said the musical, "Seussical," by the drama club was "phenomenal" and Sydney Blade did a wonderful job as the first-time director.

Board member William Hansell, who is the board's representative to the Northern Tier Career Center, said the new CDL Class A Truck Driver Training at NTCC is doing "quite well."

In his primary school report, Brion, who is the principal of W.R. Croman Primary School, noted that $7,500 was raised in the Read-a-thon, and the money is still coming in.

He added that 90 have registered for kindergarten already.

The board met in executive session for personnel reasons for about 40 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.

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