2009-08-20 / Front Page

Cigola To Step Down As CF Head

Central Fulton's top administrator to retire
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Dr. Julia Cigola made history in 1999 when she accepted the role of first female superintendent of the Central Fulton School District. Ten years and two months later, the longtime administrator publicly announced she is planning to retire at the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year.

Cigola first came to Fulton County to serve as director over a four-year time span for the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School. Moving quickly up the ranks, she in turn worked as McConnellsburg High School principal for two years, which was followed by a year-and-a-half stint as district assistant superintendent.

Cigola, of the Huntingdon area, was bumped up to acting superintendent and eventually superintendent, when former superintendent Hervey Hann accepted a superintendent's position with the Huntingdon Area School District in February 1999.

Cigola's resignation for the purpose of retirement was accepted on a 8-0 roll-call vote on Tuesday, August 11. The resignation is slated to become effective June 30, 2010. Board member Parker Knepper was unable to attend the monthly meeting.

On the heels of Cigola's announcement, the Central Fulton School Board made several last minute hires last Tuesday to prepare for the 2009-10 school year that will get under way for students on Wednesday, August 26.

As the district was unable to obtain the services of a school psychologist internship for the upcoming school year, approval was given on August 11 to utilize the services of psychologist Philip Wilson at a rate of $440 per evaluation. It was further agreed tht the district can use the Pennsylvania State University Psychology Clinic at the set fee of $575 per evaluation plus mileage.

The board confirmed the Personnel Committee's decision to hire Candace M. Bard of Warfordsburg for the position of special education. In addition to benefits, Bard is slated to receive $40,000 plus an additional $300. Heather Walker of Stroudsburg will be filling the district's remaining special education position at the same rate of $40,000 plus $300. Walker's employment is pending the receipt of her teaching certificate.

Pending the receipt of clearances, Donna Hendershot of Big Cove Tannery was added to the cafeteria/teacher's aide substitute list. Meanwhile, Mc- Connellsburg resident Carolyn Stermer was placed on the secretary and teacher's aide substitute list.

Lesley Gordon, McConnellsburg, will be added to the custodial/ maintenance substitute list pending receipt of FBI clearances. Bonita Suders, also of Mc- Connellsburg, was approved to serve in the capacity of a secretary substitute, while Mc- Connellsburg resident Destiny Hoffman was placed on multiple substitute lists, including secretary, teacher's aide and cafeteria. The motion regarding the addition of Hoffman to the district's substitute list was approved pending the receipt of all necessary clearances.

Shirley Sample, McConnellsburg, was hired by the board to fill a transportation/security guard vacancy. Sample is scheduled to receive $7.40 per hour without benefits for four hours daily. Her employment is contingent upon the receipt of clearances.

Alex Serrano of Shippensburg will be serving as an intern under guidance counselor Shelly McMullen. Serrano's clearances are in order. Finance

The supportive substitute hourly rate was increased to $7.25 retroactive to July 24 and in accordance with federal minimum wage regulations.

Approval was also granted for the revised 2009 Homestead/ Farmstead Exclusion and Real Estate Tax Installment Plan resolutions.

The board entered a letter into its records from certified public accountants Boyer and Ritter. The letter describes the June 30, 2009, audit and acceptance and acknowledgement of the letter is required through Government Auditing Standards.

The district will be continuing to receive alternative education services from Extended Family Programs Inc. during the 2009-10 school year. The organization is slated to receive a total of $80.98 per student, which represents an increase of $1.99 or 2.5 percent from last year.

Having received full approval from the board, the following individuals were placed on the 2009-10 extracurricular activity scale:

• Carl Kendall, volunteer junior high soccer coach

• Jessica Ritchey, girls volleyball second assistant coach, $1,745

• Hope Moore, elementary musical director, $1,920

• Susanne Moore, elementary musical producer, $1,770

• Noreen Mann, elementary musical artistic director, $1,920

• Susan Cubbage, elementary musical set design, $1,170

• Susan Cubbage, elementary musical costume design, $970

• Barbara MacDonald, elementary musical accompanist assistant, $970

A motion involving the placement of Robert Paruch, varsity boys basketball coach, on the extracurricular pay scale was met with several abstentions as well as a dissenting vote. Voting against the matter was board President Dennis Richards, and fellow board members Linda Garber and Rick Marshall abstained. Paruch is slated to receive a total of $3,820 for his varsity coaching duties.


As recommended to the board, the elementary students and faculty will be presenting "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" as the annual musical. Show dates authorized are November 13 through November 15.

Jessica Fish and Kathy Kendall were granted authorization to take approximately 200 middle school SADD students to Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club on August 28. The trip will be taken at no cost to the district.

Fish and Kendall will also be taking 48 middle/high school students participating in SADD to Lincoln Bowling Lanes in Chambersburg. The trip on August 28 will be taken at no further cost to the district. An additional trip will be taken on October 9.

The same group overseen by Fish and Kendall is scheduled to visit the Elks Club in Chambersburg on October 15 as well as February 24, 2010.

On October 17, Fish, Kendall and approximately 120 students between grades six through 12 will be representing the SADD organization in the Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade. Furthermore, the marching band accompanied by director Larry Stepler will be participating in the parade at no cost to the district.

Farm City Day will be held at the Englert farm in Knobsville on September 16. Approximately 80 sixth-grade students were given permission to attend the annual event, which will be at no cost to the district. Supervising the students will be Diane Benedick, Linda Heuston and Denise Mellott.

In addition, Ann Meyer is scheduled to take between six and nine students enrolled in the ag science program to lend a hand on the Englert farm as part of Farm City Day. Again, the trip is at no cost to the school district.

Between 10 and 15 art students will be accompanying Mr. Dickerson to Antietem Iron Works along Lincoln Way West, McConnellsburg, on September 24.


The daily rate for route 024 overseen by Jamie and Wendy Laughlin was amended to read $100.28. The amendment was necessary due to a mathematical error in calculating the rate last year.

Retroactive to June 22, the board decreased the daily rate to Lynn Reeder's 033 route. The rate dropped from $183.28 to $135.49 as a result of having to transport a student to the autism school.

Approval was granted to renew the Sandy-Deck extracurricular transportation contract for the 2009-10 school year. The renewal began retroactive to July 1.


The board entered into and approved another three-year agreement with the American Red Cross to provide facilities in the event of a catastrophe.

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