2009-04-09 / Front Page

Forbes Road Board Accepts Resignations

To use grant money for new computers
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Forbes Road School Board reviewed several resignations Monday night and announced plans to begin interviewing interested candidates for the position of district superintendent.

Among the resignations tendered and accepted by the board during its monthly meeting were elementary boys basketball coach Tom Taylor, teacher aide Kristy Harrison and senior high math teacher Stephanie Holiday.

Holiday, who only submitted her resignation Friday for the reported purpose of accepting a teaching position at another district, will step down from her position at the high school level on July 30. Meanwhile, Harrison's resignation is effective June 5.

On the heels of interviews held on April 2, 3 and 6 to fill the vacant position of library aide, the board met behind closed doors to hear a recommendation for a replacement by Principal Fred Foster. After reconvening 15 minutes later, on a 8-0 roll-call vote the board hired Amanda Brown at an hourly rate. Brown will begin her duties immediately following spring break on April 14.

Soon to be retiring Superintendent Dr. Merrill Arnold announced interviews for the superintendent's position will be held at 6:30 a.m. on April 14 and 16. Arnold also noted the interviews will be closed to the public.

Arnold further indicated to fellow board members and administrators negotiation meetings with teachers are tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on April 15, May 5 and May 20.

In other personnel-related matters, the board added Misti Keebaugh and Kayla Knepper to the district's teacher substitute list. Keebaugh possesses certification in English, and Knepper is certified in elementary education.

Under the category of finance, the board approved the 2009-10 general operating budget for Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 in the amount of $2,955,073. As previously noted by school district representative Dr. Walter Curfman, Forbes Road's share in the operating budget has not increased in multiple years.

A low bid totalling $1,087.94 submitted by Robert Figard Transportation was accepted. Only one other bid was turned in for the transportation route that will provide three bus and two van runs for the tennis team's away games.

Ralph Helman was granted permission to provide Extended School Year transportation for the summer reading program. During the board's previous work session, it was discussed whether the route should be given to Helman, the Intermediate Unit or whether it should be advertised.

Sealed bids will be accepted this spring for the sale of the district's old International tractor.

The board approved utilizing $10,000 in REAP grant money to purchase a total of 65 student computers and 12 teacher computers. In addition, through the grant process, the district will be turning in its older model computers. The project will be financed over a three-year peri- od, resulting in savings to the district.

In previously discussing the project, elementary Principal Byron Helsel stated the replacement procedure will allow the district to work in smaller numbers, thereby not replacing the majority of needed computers at one time.

The tentative 2009-10 school calendar was approved after ongoing talks between county school administrators.

Homebound instruction was authorized for a high school student.

Fourth-grade students will be travelling to the Jaffa Shrine Circus in Altoona on April 14, while students enrolled in kindergarten are scheduled to visit the Mishler Theatre, also in Altoona, on April 15. Reading reward trips have also been scheduled for May 7 and 11 at the Bedford Elks Bowling Alley.

The annual FFA banquet will be held in the high school cafeteria and auditorium on April 30 at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, a Mother's Day piano recital will be held by music instructor Cynthia Robinette on May 10 in the auditorium.

It was reported the high school gymnasium was used by the Forbes Road Lions Club Saturday morning for the annual easter egg hunt.

Daisy Girl Scout meetings are scheduled to be held in an elementary classroom one day weekly through May. In addition, the high school gymnasium has been earmarked for a Family Fun Night for the sixthgrade boys basketball team one Friday evening during the month of April. The event will be coordinated by the district athletic director.

In hopes of receiving her reading specialist certificate and fulfilling her required 75 clinical hours, sixth-grade teacher Christie Daniels was granted authorization to use the elementary school to work with students between kindergarten and grade nine in the area of reading.

Coaches Kayla Knepper, Brandi Robertson and Mark Schilajew received approval to use the district's gymnasiums during the off-season for basketball recreation from April through November. Among the projects tentatively planned are several student camps.

Fort Littleton resident Melanie Schoen was approved to offer sign-ups for a junior high cheerleading squad for the upcoming 2009-10 school year.

The board also conducted an additional executive session to discuss negotiation issues.

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