2009-05-14 / Local & State

County Vo-Tech Tentative Budget Accepted

Adoption of budget set for June 18
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Tentative, unanimous approval was recently given to the 2009-10 general operating budget for the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School that offers a variety of hands-on programs to area students, including welding, drafting and design, and allied health.

The budget, according to votech Executive Director Elizabeth Cheatle, included several minor revisions from the original document shared with school's Joint Operating Committee (JOC) comprised of representatives from the Central Fulton, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school boards.

Among the deletions was the purchase of a new 10-passenger van, while additions included costs associated with NOCTI testing, said Cheatle. As a result of the alterations, the JOC was presented and gave a tentative nod to the budget totalling $892,829. Final adoption of the budget is slated for Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Fulton High School library.

A breakdown of next year's budget shows individual district expenditures at $238,700.07 for Central Fulton; $125,336.53 for Forbes Road; and $229,655.90 for Southern Fulton. In comparison, in 2008-09 Central Fulton's share of the general operations was calculated at $248,634.42, and Forbes Road and Southern Fulton's shares were, respectively, set at $108,083.59 and $251,357.44.

In other financial matters, retroactive approval was granted for the vo-tech to purchase a 2009 Chevrolet 3500 10-passenger van. The van was purchased at a cost of $24,623.20 from Westgate Chevrolet/Apple Chevrolet located in York in conjunction with the COSTAR's state contract process.

In addition, the school's 1996 Ford 10-passenger van and additional equipment, such as welders, are scheduled to be sold by sealed bid or at an advertised set price. The van is set to be sold at $2,000 or best offer.

The job training equipment grant for the year 2008-09 was accepted in the amount of $13,796. Furthermore, approximately $19,100 will be taken from the school's budgetary reserves as a match for the grant. The money has been been earmarked for the purchase of a 3- D printer for the Drafting and Design Department and two pipe benders.

Bids on the items were opened in mid-April and accordingly rewarded to Advanced Technology Consultants for the 3-D printer. The company's bid totalled $18,275. A second bid was also opened for the printer and recorded at $18,350 from Allegheny Educational Systems Inc. from Natrona Heights, Pa.

Two bids were received and rejected for the welding shop's much-needed pipe benders in the amount of $18,232.82 and $18,776. Cheatle noted that changes have since been made to the product specifications. The benders currently being sought through readvertising are not only less expensive but also better suited for the projects planned.

Curriculum

Drafting and design students overseen by instructor Todd Wolford held their seventh annual car show in the Mc- Connellsburg High School parking lot on Saturday, April 25.

A series of field trips were approved, including the building trades and drafting students to Dott on April 30 to tour the completed straw house. Approximate cost for the trip was $205, and a $120 grant through Goodwill Industries was obtained to cover transportation costs.

Students enrolled in the building trades curriculum were scheduled to tour the Nitterhouse Block Plant in Chambersburg on May 5. Cost associated with the trip is estimated at $110.

Retroactive approval was also granted for welding students to tour Wyotech located in Blairsville, Pa., on April 15. The trip is funded entirely by Wyotech.

Approval was also granted for teachers and school administrators to attend the following conferences:

Elisa Ramsey and Christy Wahl to visit Wyotech in Laramie, Wyo., on April 29 through May 2. Wyotech covered the flight and hotel expenses, while the vo-tech paid $280 for a rental car, $280 for meals and mileage reimbursement to and from the airport in the amount of $111.

Elisa Ramsey will attend a welding workshop entitled Introduction to Materials Joining on July 13 through July 24 to be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Costs include $500 for registration and hotel accommodations as well as an additional $240 for meals and $150 in mileage.

Director Elizabeth Cheatle will travel to State College to attend the PACTA Summer Conference on July 29-31. Registration for the event is listed at $225, and $216 for lodging and mileage.

Christy Wahl attended the PSCA Conference on April 16- 18 in Hershey. Both registration and meals will be covered through grant funds, and mileage totalling $261 will be paid for by the vo-tech.

Under the allied health curriculum, it was noted student Olivia Rose represented the Fulton County Skills USA Chapter by serving as delegate at the state conference held in Hershey April 1-3. In addition, Justin Gordon competed in the architectural drafting competition for State Skills USA during the same time frame.

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