2009-11-26 / Front Page

Trail To Head S. Fulton

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Aided by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11, the search for the Southern Fulton School District’s newest superintendent came to a quick finale Tuesday night.

Intermediate Unit Executive Director Rich Daubert was on hand during the November 17 board meeting that ended with Kendra Trail, assistant to the superintendent, moving up the ranks to be named the district’s top administrator effective July 1, 2010. Trail, who also currently serves in the capacity of elementary principal, will receive a starting salary of $95,000 for her duties.

Following the unanimous 8-0 roll-call vote, Daubert stated the board “got the right person.” Current Superintendent Ralph Scott added the district will have “quality leadership” with Trail.

As a follow-up to the decision, the board also approved a job description for the position of superintendent. Scott noted there hadn’t been a job description per se in place during his eight years with the district.

With Trail’s elementary principal position being up for grabs effective July 1, the board also agreed to begin interviewing for a replacement.

In other personnel-related issues, Van Duncan was approved to serve as volunteer assistant baseball coach. As a result, he will be attending the Mizuno Coaching Clinic in Pittsburgh scheduled for January 15.

In addition, Amanda Schetrompf and Candace Bard were authorized to serve in the capacity of volunteer cheerleading coach and junior high girls basketball volunteer assistant coach.

Dwight Bard abstained regarding the motion on Candace Bard. Fellow board member Edgar Yates was not in attendance during the November 17 meeting.

Pending the completion of paperwork, Cheryl Hanks was approved as a substitute cafeteria worker and aide. Furthermore, Sharon Knable was approved as a substitute secretary, while substitute teachers receiving approval include Laura Northcraft, Sarah Keefer and Chelsea Hockenberry.

In conjunction with policy templates provided to the district by Pennsylvania School Board Association, the first reading of a series of policies on programs, pupils, finances, property, operations and the community was given a nod of approval. A policy pertaining to administrative employees and the employment of superintendent/ assistant superintendent was accepted on a 6-2 rollcall vote. Danny Crouse and Tim Mellott voted against the policy.

As required and in meeting the December 1 deadline, the board granted the administration authorization to establish a safety committee.

December 23 has been established as an early dismissal for students in order for Act 80 professional development services to be offered to teachers.

Several members of the district’s cross-country team were presented with certificates from the administration and board President Dwight Bard. Those recognized publicly were Jenna Hollenshead, Lacey Beatty, Mariah Hill, Taelor Morton, JC Munson and Zane Baker. The girls, who captured the District 5-A title in 2009, in turn presented Scott and high school Principal Meredith Hendershot with their own District medal.

Coach Joe Hollenshead informed the board cross-country is a learning experience as well as grueling sport where it is only you against yourself. Hollenshead lauded the efforts of his team members and made reference to their personal experiences and best efforts.

Certificates were also presented to outgoing board members John McKee and Richard Mosemann. Mosemann stated this is the third time he has retired from serving on the board, and McKee added it has been a privilege serving the taxpayers and students and a rewarding experience.

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