2010-02-11 / Local & State

Forbes Extends H.S. Principal’s Contract

Conducts routine business, holds executive session

Forbes Road School Board directors extended a school administrator’s contract, dealt with requests for school building usage and held an executive session to discuss labor negotiations and personnel at their regular monthly board meeting last Monday evening. Directors present at the meeting included Terry Brant, Kirby Shoemaker, Stacie Keller, Carl Detwiler, Deonna Carmack, Karen Peffer, Chanin Rotz-Mountz and Teresa Bard.

The directors unanimously approved a three-year extension to the contract of high school Principal Christina Ramsey.

Board members also approved requests from Pete Hall for the use of the high school baseball field to conduct a teener (15-17) and a pony (13-14) summer baseball program from June through mid-August; from the Lions Club for the use of the new high school gym for its annual Easter egg hunt on April 3 if there is inclement weather that day; and a request from Ned Cromer to use the high school gym and cafeteria on March 6, 12 and 13 to hold an elementary basketball tournament.

The board also gave its approval for a replacement van (8- seat) for bus contractor Ralph Helman.

In discussing curriculum business, the board heard a presentation from Fulton County Center for Families community engagement coordinator Jamie Taylor in reference to the center’s back-to-school readiness packet and the community engagement report card. The packets will help to transition students into K-4 and kindergarten. The center’s community engagement group was formed in 2004.

The board approved a field trip request from Mark Schilajew to Hershey Park for accelerated readers. The trip is scheduled for May 25.

Elementary school Principal Byron Helsel reported that parent teacher conferences have been completed, and high school Principal Ramsey updated the board on the completion of the first week of rehearsals for the high school musical “Grease” to be presented on May 7 and 8.

And during his superintendent’s report, Fred Foster reported that Forbes Road will not be participating in the Race to the Top grant as was previously considered. In January, Pennsylvania submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Education seeking up to $400 million to fund school reform initiatives to raise student achievement. Signing on to participate in the reform initiatives were 120 school districts and 59 charter schools. To participate, school districts must have submitted a memorandum of understanding agreeing to implement a series of reform initiatives identified by the state. Those districts stand to receive a share of up to $200 million to fund reform efforts. The rest of the money the state receives will go to fund initiatives benefitting nonparticipating schools and districts.

Foster also announced that a Fulton County football meeting was to be held February 3 to determine the future of football in Fulton County.

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