2010-03-18 / Local & State

Central Fulton Board Holds Brief Meeting

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Members of the Central Fulton School Board gathered briefly last Tuesday evening, discussing several matters involving student achievement, retirements and upcoming events.

A retirement was accepted as presented from elementary teacher Craig Gearhart, who will be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year. In a follow-up motion, the board learned Linda Mosemann, art teacher, will also be resigning effective June 30 for the purpose of retirement.

Cheryl Souders of Mc- Connellsburg was added to the supportive substitute list, while Big Cove Tannery resident Dale Keller was placed on the custodial substitute list pending the district’s receipt of proper clearances.

Individuals added to the professional substitute list on March 9 include Alees Splendore, Mount Pleasant; Stephanie Walker, McConnellsburg; Robyn Adams, Loretto; Jennifer Elliott, Chambersburg.

A total of four volunteer coaches were placed on the 2009-10 extracurricular salary scale: volunteer assistant junior high softball coach Denny Swope, volunteer assistant baseball coach E. Loy Garber, volunteer softball coach William Kendall and volunteer track coach Dillan Gordon.

Board member Linda Garber abstained during the roll-call vote regarding the extracurricular matter, while fellow board member Dr. Brent Carlson was unable to attend the meeting.

In student matters, as a follow up to a meeting of the Student and Parent Affairs Committee, a resolution was accepted as presented regarding student #97139.

Board member Garber urged her fellow members to consider attending the upcoming 38th Annual Convention of School Directors to be hosted in McVeytown by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU) #11. Garber indicated a large gathering of school directors from Central Fulton would be a great way to thank Rich Daubert from TIU #11 for his services to the district.

Band member Kirsten Mellott was applauded by high school Principal Todd Beatty for being named to regional band. Mellott placed fourth out of 13 clarinet players at county band to earn the honor of moving onto the regional performance.

Beatty also noted Mc- Connellsburg High School hosted the 2010 County Chorus on March 6. A total of 250 students from nine schools participated in the event.

Elementary Principal Alicia Mellott shared scores recorded by students in third, fourth and fifth grades during winter 4Sight testing. Mellott noted third grade showed the most overall improvement in the areas of mathematics and reading with an approximate 10 percent increase in scores from 2008-09.

In his monthly report, Director of Education Dwayne Northcraft reported that, with additional input from teachers, the district’s technology is currently under review. Northcraft also stated positive feedback is being received from faculty in regards to the district honing in on students’ career aspirations to help determine what courses they should be taking.

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