2010-09-23 / Local & State

Central Fulton Prom Venue Unchanged

Sixth-grade students approved for overnight trip to Sinoquipe Scout Reservation
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

After tabling taking action on the matter last month, members of the Central Fulton School Board revisited a request made by the junior class to select a different venue to serve as host site for the 2011 prom.

In a letter addressed to Board President Cory Gress and Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft, district solicitor James Schall stated he has discussed the junior class’s August 10 proposal with liability insurance representative Bobby Snyder as well as Kendra Trail, superintendent of the Southern Fulton School District.

“Superintendent Kendra Trail related that Southern Fulton School District prom has been held in Hancock, Md., and Great Cacapon and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., over the past several years without incident. In fact, she claimed that it had a ‘positive experience’ in the district, including more class time for the students because decorating was limited to the evening before and morning of the day of the prom,” said Schall in the letter.

Based on his findings, Schall stated the prom could be relocated to within 30 to 40 minutes from McConnellsburg. Suggestions given by the solicitor, in the event the board wished to make a change, included school district personnel refraining from participating in valet parking and obtaining proof of liability insurance from the new facility.

Middle/High School Principal Todd Beatty pointed out to the board and fellow administrators during the discussion held on September 14 that the senior class would like the event to stay at the American Legion in McConnellsburg even though the junior class pays for the event and would like a different venue. Beatty added years ago when the location was changed from the gym to the legion board, approval was not given in the matter.

Board member Dr. Brent Carlson stated the “biggest issue” last month in delaying a decision was the need to determine the wishes of the senior class. Carlson’s daughter, who is a member of the Class of 2011, shared with him that she did not want the location to change and asked her father to vote against it.

Holding true to his word to his daughter, Dr. Carlson presented the motion to have the 2011 prom remain at its current location. The motion was seconded by fellow board member Ryan Richards and passed on a 7-2 vote. Eric Hollinshead and Gary Shives dissented during the roll-call vote.

In other school-related matters, the board heard a presentation from teachers Linda Heuston and Denise Mellott regarding their preliminary plans to take their sixth-grade students to Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for an overnight trip. The students had previously travelled to Washington D.C., to visit museums for their annual field trip.

Heuston said the length of the bus ride in comparison to time spent touring museums was one of the reasons they were proposing the new trip. She also hoped it would promote bonding and team building between the teachers and students.

Suggested activities at the camp include kayaking, canoeing, nature walks, fishing, campfires, crafts and team building. Tentative chaperones are Heuston, Mellott, Susan Cordell, Josh Strait, Diane Benedick and parent volunteers with proper clearances.

Several board members spoke about personal reflections from their children of recent trips to D.C. and the benefits of an outdoor, overnight trip. The trip was unanimously approved by the board for October 7-8.

The FFA and advisor Ann Meyer were granted permission to attend the annual National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. FFA members appearing before the board for approval and offering a tentative outline of convention activities were Kirsten Mellott, Paul Hock, Tyler Long, Emily Wenschhof and Ashley Penwell.

Following a brief discussion with Principal Beatty regarding overnight guidelines and a proposed overnight trip to New York for Spanish 4 students, the board unanimously approved the trip.

Pending the receipt of clearances, individuals approved to serve as professional substitutes after having completed emergency certification through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 were Christy Boehme, McConnellsburg; Deborah Cooper, Waterfall; April Leese, McConnellsburg; Garrett Fix, McConnellsburg; Holly Falkosky, McConnellsburg; Chelsea Hockenberry, Hustontown; Hope Moore, McConnellsburg; Kenneth Welsh, McConnellsburg; Jessica Bard, Orbisonia; and Anthony Zumpetta, Calvin.

Additional professional substitutes receiving approval were Betsy Clippinger and Bradley Truax, both Needmore.

Visually impaired/gifted instructor Amy Conner was approved for a leave of absence through Family Medical Leave Act.

Tara Sponsler of Greencastle and McConnellsburg resident Elizabeth Crowder will be added to the para-professional substitute list pending the receipt of necessary clearances.

Kenneth Welsh, McConnellsburg, was authorized to serve as a long-term substitute for a math/physical education position. Welsh’s salary was accordingly set at $40,762. Meanwhile, Misti Keebaugh from Hustontown was appointed an extended substitute for a special education position.

Several individuals were placed on the 2010-11 extracurricular activity salary scale: Robert C. Snyder II, volunteer cross-country coach; cheerleading coach Alees Splendore, $2,595; volunteer boys soccer assistant coach Drew Wink; volunteer volleyball assistant coach Kylie Johnson; and elementary chorus director Cathy Richards, $2,145.

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