2010-09-23 / Local & State

Forbes Road Personnel Items Top Agenda

Other routine business discussed
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School Board of Directors acted on several personnel matters and conducted other routine business at its regular board meeting last Monday evening.

During a discussion on personnel, the board added several names to the teacher substitute list including Deborah Cooper, Logan Cunningham, Renamarie Drenning, Amanda Jones, William Maxwell, Rebecca Plane, Alees Splendore and Karen Varney. Lois Fraker was added to the secretarial/ teacher assistant substitute list.

The board also accepted resignations from Corey Doyle, junior high boys basketball assistant coach; Mark Schilajew, librarian; and Kathy Butler, high school guidance counselor. Following a 12-minute executive session for personnel reasons, the board hired Amanda Brown as librarian at $32,250 and Megan Skillings as high school guidance counselor at the same rate of pay.

Haylee Runk was named as a long-term substitute for Mechelle Seville while she is on leave, and Janet Scatton- Berry’s letter of retirement was accepted effective October 15, 2010.

Also during the personnel discussion, the Helman bus routes were re-established, and Mandy Peck was approved as a driver for the Helman Bus Service.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Lisa Black attempted to discuss the current bargaining situation between the school and teachers, and she was informed by the board’s solicitor that her comments were not in proper form. She then requested that the board set aside additional dates on the calendar for negotiations. Following the meeting, the board did hold a one-hour executive session for personnel reasons and for negotiations.

During a general information session, the board heard updates on the votech, the intermediate unit, maintenance, and building and grounds, and updates on the elementary, juniorsenior high schools and the school district. It was noted during the updates that open house for the schools, as well as the Book Fair, will be held on September 23.

Following a discussion on finances, the board approved moving $1.2 million from unreserved, undesignated fund balance to unreserved, designated fund balance in accordance with Act 48 of 2003.The designated fund balance will be used for future payment of bond principal, interest payments, health insurance increases and PSERS retirement rate increases.

During routine business, the board unanimously approved the advanced accounting and English 9 curriculum as well as the professional development plan.

Also, the board approved the following building usage requests: a request from Randy Gelvin to use the varsity baseball field on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for fall baseball; and a request from Bobbi Wilt, AYSO representative, for use of the soccer field by the elementary school and the softball field for soccer practice on Tuesday-Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The board also approved a field trip to the Career Fair at Heartland Hall in Bedford on October 5 for juniors and seniors at a cost to the district of $140.

Approval was also given to investigate entering into cooperative agreements for girls and boys varsity track, girls and boys junior high track, and girls varsity and junior high softball.

The board also approved the local board policy procedures.

The next board meeting will be held on October 4, and the next negotiation meeting is scheduled for October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

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