2008-12-11 / Local & State

SF Elementary Recognized On State, National Level

Bard, McKee to head school board
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

In recognition of their school's accomplishments, six faculty members representing Southern Fulton Elementary are set to travel to Pittsburgh late next month to share their school improvement ideas and strategies with fellow faculty members and administrators from across the state.

Elementary Principal Kendra Trail along with staff Darlene DeShong, Cheryl Hoffner, Kathy Cutchall, Tammi Ifert and Diane Younker will first be presenting their ideas at a state level at the Pennsylvania Title 1 Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh. The elementary will be one of numerous schools to share their strategies at the open session scheduled for January 25-27. In conjunction with their selection as a distinguished school, the elementary school also received $5,000.

As a follow-up to the event in Pittsburgh, the elementary will also be one of two schools in the state of Pennsylvania to be recognized nationally at a Title 1 conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas, during the month of February.

According to Trail, Title 1 is a federal program that offsets the salaries of teachers specifically working side-by-side with kids needing improvement in the areas of reading and math. Trail added the elementary was one of approximately 70 schools within the state competing for national recognition that was eventually narrowed down to Southern Fulton Elementary and an inner-city Philadelphia school known as Girard Academic Music Program.

The music program, Trail stated, was selected for exceptional student performance for performance over two or more years. Meanwhile, Southern Fulton Elementary's selection was based upon closing the achievement gap between student groups (specifically special education).

"This was the result of an entire schoolwide effort. It was not just related to one group of students or staff members," said Trail, who applauded the efforts of faculty ranging from secretaries and maintenance staff to cafeteria employees to aides. "We have a tremendously dedicated and hardworking staff."

In addition to sharing in Trail's news last Tuesday, the board also attended to a variety of issues, including the establishment of a varsity boys soccer team effective the 2009 season. The board's decision was on the heels of a presentation by Robert Bard and Gerri

Strait of Warfordsburg Area

Youth Soccer, who thanked the

board for their support of the community soccer program.

Students Liam Flaherty and Dristin Mellott were presented certificates of achievement for earning the 85th percentile of the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.

In personnel-related matters, the board agreed to go into executive session on a 7-2 roll-call vote. Board members Danny Crouse and Ed Yates voted against going into the closed door session. After the 34- minute session, the board reconvened to hire Tamera Hixon as an instructional assistant at an hourly rate of $8.25.

Yates was the lone board member to vote against Hixon's employment. Hixon, the board publicly shared, is the niece of board Vice President John McKee.

Pending the completion of paperwork, Anna Thompson will be added to the substitute secretary and aide lists, while Gloria Hurney will be placed on the district's substitute teacher list.

In paying homage to former teacher Alleene Hoopengardner, the board followed the recommendation of the school's Environmental Committee by name the nature trail the "Alleene Hoopengardner Trail for Environmental Studies."

Board member Yates was appointed to serve as the district's representastive on the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission's Board of Directors. McKee voted against Yates serving on the board during the 8-1 rollscall vote.

Dwight Bard will continue to serve the board in the capacity of president, while John McKee was appointed to continue as vice president during the board's annual reorganization meeting. Others nominated but not receiving enough votes were Yates, Kenny Wuertenberg and Tim Mellott.

McKee will also be serving as the district's representative on the Fulton County Vocational Technical School's Joint Operating Committee. Pat Bard and Wuertenberg will serve as alternates.

Board member Richard Mosemann was selected for the position of PSBA legislative representative.

On a motion by Mosemann and Danny Crouse, the board extended the Adequate Yearly Progress provision of the professional collective bargaining agreement to all elementary faculty and all district support staff with respect to the 2007-08 PSSA testing results. The motion was accepted unanimously.

At the conclusion of the December 2 meeting, the board held an executive session to re-

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