2010-07-29 / Local & State

SFSB Conducts Brief Meeting

Accepts resignations
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Southern Fulton School Board wrapped up its agenda last Tuesday in short order after tending to several resignations and giving discussion to a student bullying issue and financial matters.

The board accepted resignations from elementary life skills teacher Jennifer Miller and gifted competition advisor Justin Sholes. Miller’s resignation was effective the conclusion of the 2009-10 school year.

In turn, Miller and Jacob Lougheed received permission to serve as substitute teachers for the upcoming 2010-11 school year. In addition, teacher Van Duncan was approved to serve in the capacity of gifted competition advisor as per the professional staff contract.

An unpaid leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 for third-grade teacher Wendy Wright was approved. Wright’s leave is slated to begin September 2 and will conclude on November 1.

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #1 will be providing occupational therapy services for this coming school year. Cost for the services hinges on the number of students needing services.

Furthermore, Manito and the school district have entered into the agreement for the organization to oversee the Student Assistance Program, while Extended Family will continue in the capacity of alternative education provider. Board member Allen Morton voted against the hiring of Extended Family during the 8-1 roll-call vote.

On a motion by board members Donald Whiteside and Mark Mosemann the board wrapped up its list of personnel-related issues by appointing recently retired Superintendent Ralph Scott to serve as a labor negotiations consultant. Scott will provide the consultant services at no charge to the district.

Building and grounds

The band received authorization to utilize the high school band room and cafeteria on August 4 through August 6 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the purpose of holding a band camp.

As coordinated by the district athletic director, Warfordsburg Area Youth Soccer will be using the high school athletic fields between August 13 and October 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Finance

In reviewing the district’s bills to be paid, the board touched on the issue of playground surfacing. The board was informed by Superintendent Kendra Trail the expenditures related to the surfacing were previously budgeted and paid in part by K-4 grant funding. Trail added the district had been previously cited for not having an enclosed fence, which was also covered by the grant.

Morton concluded, “I told you before being cited doesn’t mean anything if they don’t do anything about it.”

Fellow board member Danny Crouse pointed out what appeared to be a double billing for a conference attended by math teacher Stephanie Hartman. Crouse also questioned the administration and business manager Debbie Schetrompf if additional notations could be made on the bill listing to show what expenses are covered through special funding or stimulus money.

“It should be separated somewhere down the line,” added Crouse.

Schetrompf responded the business office keeps track of those issues. She also noted the grant money and correlating expenses are checked during the annual audit.

Crouse revisited the topic of having a time clock and also asked if he could review the time sheets of district office employees from the last three weeks for comparison purposes.

Student matters

Crouse and Timothy Hull brought a matter to the board’s attention regarding student bullying that occurred during the 2009-10 school year. According to Crouse, the parent went to the guidance counselor but was never able to meet with high school Principal Meredith Hendershot. Superintendent Trail instructed the concerned board members to have the parent follow the proper chain of command and meet with Hendershot.

Public comment

Former board member Ed Yates approached the board regarding a request for information dealing with the number of special education students receiving services through the district. Yates stated he asked district secretary Betty Feagley for the information and in turn received a Right-To- Know form in the mail.

“Is this harassment or does every parent have to do this?” questioned Yates.

Superintendent Trail stated it doesn’t matter who is making the request, the district has to track the requests.

“It’s the law,” she concluded.

Others in attendance at the July 20 meeting included Dave Smith and Lowell Stephens.

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