2008-11-20 / Local & State

Central Fulton Acts On Extracurricular Finances

Parents, students discuss future of ag program at McConnellsburg
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The Central Fulton School Board attended to a list of extracurricular appointments and various personnel issues last Tuesday evening in addition to taking comment from a group of parents and students on the future of the agriculture program in McConnellsburg.

Prior to the start of the November 11 meeting, the administration and school board heard from a group of community members distressed over the future relocation of the ag program and elimination of the FFA program. Those addressing the board for approximately 30 minutes included Wendy Farling, Howard Poole, Justin Carbaugh, Tammy Barnes, Jeanette Pittman, Taylor Morton, Rebecca Mosemann, Justin Deshong, Sheila Deshong, Reed Englert and Mark Mosemann.

In August, the board unanimously followed the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to discontinue offering the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School (AVTS) at the McConnellsburg site effective the 2009-10 school year. Students interested in taking courses through the ag program after the 2008-09 school year will be eligible to participate in the AVTS set curriculum at the neighboring Southern Fulton and Forbes Road school districts.

As a follow-up to the district's decision, McConnellsburg student Taylor Morton and area dairy farmer Mark Mosemann appeared before the board in October on behalf of the ag department to relay information on the impact of agriculture in Fulton County. Morton questioned the board if it indeed gets rid of the ag program is it in turn failing its student body. "Will you fail us or assist us," asked Morton.

It is very likely that the board will address the group's concerns and render a final decision during its next regular board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, following its annual 7 p.m. reorganization.

In other curriculum and financerelated matters addressed last Tuesday, the board placed the following individuals on the 2008-09 extracurricular activity salary scale:

• Susanne Moore, elementary musical producer, $1,585

• Barbara M. MacDonald, elementary musical accompanist assistant, $935

• Denny Pollock, elementary boys basketball intramural director, $895

• Brent Seville, elementary girls basketball intramural director, $636.67

• Kathy Kendall, elementary volleyball intramural director, $895

• Noreen Mann, high school musical accompanist, $2,985

• Kathy Kendall, girls track first assistant coach, $2,585

• Josh Strait, boys track coach, $3,435

• Todd Grissinger, boys track first assistant coach, $2,585

• Robert C. Snyder, boys and girls track volunteer coach

• Michelle Eichelberger, softball coach, $3,435

• Karen Borst, softball assistant coach, $2,585

• Doug Seiders, softball volunteer coach

• E. Loy Garber, baseball coach, $3,435

• Tim Fowler, baseball assistant coach, $2,260 and

• Donald DeShong, baseball volunteer coach.

Furthermore, the extracurricular salary of elementary musical costume designer Susan Cubbage was amended because it was incorrectly recorded at the board's previous October 14 meeting. Cubbage's salary was properly adjusted to $785.

Brittany Frost of Howard and Martinsburg, W.Va., resident Debbie Duran were added to the board's professional substitute list as a result of completing the emergency certification process offered through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. The motion is pending the receipt of Duran's FBI clearance.

April D. Richards of McConnellsburg was added to the van driver list retroactive to October 14. Richards' clearances have been submitted and are in order.

High school teacher Timothy Fowler was granted permission to take around 40 junior/senior high students to Shippensburg University on November 18. The trip, which will be conducted at no cost to the district, was arranged by Franklin and Marshall College career coordinator Mark Lund.

Middle/high school Principal Todd Beatty will be representing the school district on the Fulton County Services for Children Advisory Board in conjunction with a recommendation from the district's insurance carrier. Other administrators appointed to serve on local boards include elementary Principal Alicia Mellott and building and maintenance supervisors Brent Seville, Central Fulton Educational Foundation; Superintendent Dr. Julia Cigola, Tuscarora Blended Learning Charter School/Fulton County Partnership; and Director of Education Dwayne Northcraft, Allegheny College of Maryland Foundation Board.

Approval was granted for a procedure in resolving internal disputes with the Central Fulton Early Head Start. As a requirement for the program, the procedures now states an arbitration team "will issue" a written ruling within 10 working days following a hearing held to present evidence.

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