2009-12-17 / Local & State

Carlson And Brant To Continue Chairing AVTS Committee

Fulton Co. AVTS
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Reorganization meeting held last Thursday

Dr. Brent Carlson and Terry Brant were given the nod of approval last Thursday to continue forward as chair and vice chair of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School during the year 2010.

As a follow-up to the reappointment of Carlson and Brant to their positions, the AVTS Joint Operating Committee reorganization meeting also included a warm welcome to incoming committee members Teresa Bard (Forbes Road), Rick Marshall (Central Fulton) and Mark Mosemann and Allen Morton, representing the Southern Fulton School District. Additional board members include Linda Garber, Karen Peffer and Tim Mellott.

AVTS Executive Director Elizabeth Cheatle publicly invited all new and returning board members to take a tour of the programs offered at the three school districts on Friday, January 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition to all Joint Operating Committee members, Cheatle extended her tour invitation to any board member wishing to gain a better understanding of the AVTS and its curriculum. The tour will depart from the AVTS office located on the campus of the Central Fulton School District in McConnellsburg.

The board is scheduled to meet the third Thursday of every other month at 7:30 p.m. The location will rotate between the three participating county schools. Work sessions will be held prior to the regular meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. Meeting dates for 2010 currently include February 18, April 15, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 9.

Charles Frame of Boyer and Ritter, certified public accountants, was on-hand during the December 10 meeting to review the findings of the financial report for the audited year ending June 30, 2009. The AVTS Joint Operating Committee was informed the company’s major concern revolved around the lack of segregation of duties, which is typical for small schools found in Fulton County.

Under the area of curriculum, the board granted approval for the administration to apply for new codes in order to alter the classification of instructional programs currently listed as Construction Trades and Health/Medical Assistants. The programs will respectively be changed to Carpentry/ Carpenter Program and Health Professional and Related Clinical Sciences to realign with state recommendations.

Financial issues addressed include the acceptance of several grants, including the 2009-10 Curriculum Grant and the 2009- 10 Equipment Grant. The $250,000 Curriculum Grant awarded through PDE-BCTE will not require a match, but the Equipment Grant in the amount of $15,500, also awarded by PDE-BCTE, will require a $7,250 match. The match has already been budgeted, according to Cheatle, who noted two electric hospital beds and a 3-D printer will be purchased in conjunction with the Equipment Grant funding.

The committee was informed by Cheatle that the drafting and design student organization has received a $3,000 donation from the parent of a drafting student. The donor has asked to remain anonymous, but was sent a letter on behalf of the Joint Operating Committee, administration, faculty and students.

Approval was granted to offer Christy Wahl a stipend of $100 for her duties as advisor and chaperone for the 2009-10 SKILLS USA district competition to be held on January 18 at the Jefferson County Career & Technology Center in Reynoldsville, Pa. Wahl will also receive an additional $250 stipend for her involvement with students during the state competition. Both stipends were previously budgeted.

McConnellsburg resident April Leese was added to the AVTS professional substitute list.

In her director’s report shared with the committee, Cheatle stated she would be sitting down with Fulton County Farm Bureau members on December 14 to share information on the petition process to have the agricultural production program recognized as a regional high-priority occupation. The request for the program alteration will in turn be shared with the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board.

Cheatle also said a total of 31 AVTS students are currently in the workforce this school year through the cooperative education program. Two of those students are currently serving as interns. Furthermore, seven new employers are participating in the program during 2009-10.

Cheatle wrapped up her presentation by announcing 23 students have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, formerly known as the National Vocational Honor Society.

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