2010-03-11 / Local & State

Forbes Approves Sports Improvements

Also approves field trip requests

The Forbes Road School District Board of Directors approved two sports improvement projects and approved a series of field trip requests at its regular meeting last Tuesday evening.

The directors approved additional bleachers for seating in the fan section of the gymnasium. Three options were presented, and the board selected a quote of $19,900 for the project.

The board also approved the expenditure of funds for a homerun fence for the baseball field. The board approved a total quote of $6,400, with both the district and the ball team each contributing $3,200 for phase one of the three-year project to have the fence installed.

Under financial considerations, the board also approved the tax exonerations for Dublin, Taylor and Wells townships as presented.

Field trip requests were approved for the varsity baseball team to attend a college baseball game at Shippensburg University on March 30; for a fifth- and sixth-grade bowling trip to Bedford on March 11; for a kindergarten field trip to Gettysburg on April 7; and for three field trips as presented by Eric Rubenstein.

During personnel considerations, the board approved Zeb Fix as a volunteer assistant coach rather than a paid assistant for the baseball team. The board also approved a recommendation from Randy Gelvin to hire Eric True as a paid assistant varsity baseball coach for the 2010 season at step one on the extracurricular salary scale.

A leave of absence was approved for Brandi Robertson, and the board approved Carol Brown, Trina Gantt and Lark Helman to the cafeteria substitute list.

Building use requests were approved for the Hustontown Fire Co. to use the parking lot and restrooms for drivers training for and EVOC class on March 6. The board also approved Fulton County Medical Center Wellness Program to use the high school gym on April 22 and May 6 from 5-7 p.m. for volleyball games.

Other miscellaneous approvals included permission for students to participate in track season under the supervision of Jeremy Hollinshead.

The board also adopted the 2010-2011 school calendar as presented.

The board also received information and updates regarding school activities. Mr. Burd reported that 10 students competed in a math competition at Juniata College. Ty Brantner finished in second place in a competition that included both public and private school students.

Elementary school Principal Byron Helsel reported that due to government budget cuts, there will be no Safe and Drug Free Schools funding for next year.

Helsel also reported that 23 students are registered for the Red Birds elementary musical to be held in April.

High School Principal Christina Ramsey reported that the high school musical “Grease” is set for May 7 and 8.

Superintendent Fred Foster reported on Fulton County football discussions as well as 2010 bond issue savings and a preliminary budget.

An 50-minute executive session was held for purposes of negotiation and personnel issues.

School board members in attendance included Stacie Keller, Carl Detwiler, Karen Peffer, Terry Brant, Chanin Rotz-Mountz, Kirby Shoemaker, Deonna Carmack and Deborah Strait.

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