2008-12-11 / Local & State

Brant, Strait To Head Forbes Road Board

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A unanimous vote was cast Monday night for board members Terry Brant and Debbie Strait to continue manning the helm of the Forbes Road School Board in the respective capacity of president and vice president.

Other matters acted on in conjunction with the board's annual reorganization meeting held on December 8 included the reappointment of fellow board member Karen Hann as PSBA legislative chairperson. In addition, Brant was elected to complete a three-year term of office on the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School's Joint Operating Committee (JOC). Teressa Bard and Deonna Carmack will serve as alternates on the JOC.

Furthermore, meeting times will remain the first Monday of the month for regular board meetings, while administrative committee meetings will be conducted the Tuesday before the regularly scheduled board meeting (except as noted). Policy meetings will be held on an asneeded basis. All meetings are held in the high school library beginning at 7 p.m.

Under financial matters, the board gave tentative approval to the proposed 2009-10 vo-tech operating budget as presented. Superintendent Dr. Merrill Arnold added the budget includes an $18,000 increase for the Forbes Road School District due to the increasing number of students enrolled in vo-tech programs.

The board accepted a low bid from Markley Actuarial of Lancaster as presented in the amount of $3,250 for work to be completed in conjunction with Government Accounting Standard No. 45 (GASB 45). Other firms submitting bids were Conrad Siegel of Harrisburg, $4,200, and Willis Trust, Pittsburgh, $4,000.

In reviewing personnel issues, the board agreed to utilize Damon Schoen as a volunteer elementary assistant boys basketball coach and Heidi Pawuk as an assistant varsity girls softball coach as recommended by athletic director Brown Cutchall.

Pending the district receiving his fingerprint clearances, Ryan Gelvin was approved to serve as a volunteer assistant basketball coach.

Gloria Hurney was added to the district's teacher substitute list in accordance with completing emergency certification through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11.

To keep the district in compliance with federal Right-To- Know laws, the following policies were adopted: #800 Records Management; #801 Public Records; and #814 Copyright Material.

A request from the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office was approved to utilize the auditorium for an annual pesticide education meeting on February 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second-grade class is scheduled to visit the Land of Little Horses in May 2009, while fifth-grade students will be travelling to Pittsburgh in May for a field trip. The high school band will also be travelling to Pittsburgh to visit the Benedum Center and Carnegie Science Center on December 23 at no cost to the board.

The board also held a brief executive session at the conclusion of the meeting to discuss personnel issues.

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