2009-03-12 / Local & State

County Vo-Tech Board Meets

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Nine members of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School Joint Operating Committee representing the Forbes Road, Central Fulton and Southern Fulton school boards recently gathered to act on an array of personnel and curriculum matters, including the upcoming Skills USA state competition and advisor stipends.

Drafting instructor Todd Wolford was granted a stipend of $250 by the Joint Operating Committee in conjunction with the completion and receipt of his American Design and Drafting Association certification. The stipend payment is outlined in school policy.

The following NOCTI evaluators will each be granted a stipend totalling $90 to administer NOCTI testing: Steve Strait (welding); Bryan Yingling (building trades), Christy Boehme and Joann Clippinger (childcare), Mark Mosemann (ag production), Craig Strait (drafting) and Lynn Miller (allied heath). The NOCTI test is the vocationaltechnical equivalent of PSSA testing and will be scheduled for March and April.

Meanwhile, Christy Wahl will receive a stipend of $100 for advising and chaperoning students during the prior SKILLS USA district competition. In addition, Wahl will receive an additional $200 to attend the upcoming 2008-09 SKILLS USA state competition as an advisor on April 1 through April 3 at Hershey Conference Center. Wahl's stipends were previously budgeted.

Wahl will be accompanying students Justin Gordon, Jeanette Pittman and Olivia Rose to the competition, which will result in registration costs totalling $1,404 as well as an additional $65 for transportation. The costs have already been budgeted.

Additional field trips approved on a retroactive basis include Southern Fulton ninthgrade students to McConnellsburg High School on February 3 to review and tour AVTS programs and two students to Thaddeus Stevens on February 13. Cost for transportation for the bus trip to McConnellsburg has been calculated at $100, and transportation costs have been estimated at $95 for the trip to Thaddeus Stevens.

Toni Vaughn and Dani Brady were granted authorization to attend the Spring Child Accounting Conference to be held on March 19 in Hershey. Costs include mileage and $390 for registration.

Instructor Steve Sellers and his building trades students will be visiting Orange, Texas, March 21 through March 29 in order to render hurricane relief aid. A total of $1,500 has been budgeted for the trip.

In accordance with federal transportation requirements and recommendation of solicitor Fred Gutshall, a contract has been developed and approved by the school to be used on field trips on a per bus driver basis. The lowest cost will be sought for each trip.

The 2004-05 and 2005-06 state audit reports were accepted as submitted. The reports were "clean" and had "no findings."

Lynn Miller, who was previously authorized to serve as a nurse aide instructor, was added to the school's substitute list.

The second and final reading of policies 813.1 cash payment in lieu of medical coverage and 616 payment of bills were accepted as presented.

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