2008-12-25 / Front Page

Carlson To Lead Vo-Tech School JOC

Brant to serve as vice president
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Central Fulton School Board Director Dr. Brent Carlson was recently selected to head the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School's Joint Operating Committee in the capacity of president, while Forbes Road School Board President Terry Brant was appointed to the position of committee vice president.

As a result of the action taken by the JOC on December 11, Carlson and Brant will replace former president and vice president Carl Detwiler and John McKee for the calendar year 2009. The JOC will continue to meet on Thursdays every other month at 7:30 p.m. on a rotating basis between the three county schools.

Work sessions are scheduled at 7 p.m. just prior to the regular meeting. Meetings for 2009 have tentatively been set for February 26, April 16, June 18, August 20, October 22 and December 10.

As one of their first courses of action during 2009, the board will be conducting its annual meeting with faculty and staff representatives in February. Dani Brady will represent the vo-tech staff during the sit-down meeting, and Steve Sellers will serve as a faculty representative.

In other action taken by the vo-tech's JOC, the board reviewed a financial report included in the 2007-08 audit prepared by Charles Frame of Boyer and Riter, CPA. Vo-tech Executive Director Elizabeth Cheatle related the audit concluded with a good report from Frame, who urged better segregation of office related duties and addressed access to signature stamps.

Toni Vaughn was appointed to serve as substitute board secretary at the current rate of $78.79 per meeting. Vaughn was also authorized to serve as a check signer for the student activities account as requested by First National Bank.

With more than 15 years of experience in floral design, Pat Decker received authorization to teach flower arranging through the adult education program. Meanwhile, Francine Gibson, who has logged 32 years in the food service industry, will be teaching SERVSAFE for adulted classes. Both women are slated to receive an hourly rate of $20.

Brandi Mellott was approved as the new nurse-aide coordinator for the nurse-aide student training program. Job descriptions were also accordingly revised for the positions of nurseaide training coordinator, nurseaide training primary instructor and nurse-aide training assistant clinical instructor.

Furthermore, Mellott will be attending the Nurse-Aide Training Teaching The Educator scheduled for Harrisburg Area Community College between March 16-19. Costs include mileage, a $200 registration fee and lodging as previously budgeted.

The following field trips were also approved as presented:

• Skills USA students to District 7 competition on January 19 at the Altoona Career and Technical Center. Snow date is February 6. Transportation cost for the event has been estimated at $90.

• McConnellsburg High School FFA to the ACES Conference in Harrisburg on February 21-22

• McConnellsburg High School FFA to Grantsville, Pa., for the State Leadership Conference on March 14-17

• Vo-tech students to a consortium wide career and college fair at Bedford's Heartland Hall on February 23-26.

The vo-tech van will be utilized for both FFA conferences at a rate of $50 per trip, and all expenses related to the college fair will be paid by the Southern Alleghenies Tech Prep Consortium Grant.

Executive Director Cheatle is scheduled to attend the National Conference on Education on February 17-22 in San Francisco, Calif. All costs will be paid by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11, which received a recommendation on Cheatle's attendance by vo-tech Superintendent of Record Dr. Merrill Arnold.

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