2010-12-16 / Front Page

Wuertenberg Reappointed Southern Fulton Board President

Meeting with architects to review feasibility study set for January 18
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Kenny Wuertenberg and Patrick Bard will again serve as president and vice president of the Southern Fulton School Board following a unanimous 8-0 roll-call vote last Tuesday evening during the board’s annual reorganization meeting.

Other appointments agreed to by the board on December 7 were the reappointment of Tim Mellott to the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School. Fellow JOC members serving from Southern Fulton are Allen Morton and Mark Mosemann, with Bard and Wuertenberg acting as alternates.

Mark Mosemann was reelected to his position of Pennsylvania School Board Association Legislative representative.

An unpaid leave of absence through Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was approved for fourth-grade teacher Denise Conley. Conley’s tentative leave is scheduled for February 7, 2011, through May 1, 2011.

Tiara Walburn was authorized to serve in the capacity of longterm substitute teacher for vocational agricultural teacher Rebecca Mosemann. Walburn is slated to begin her duties on March 21 at a rate of $115 per

Pending the submission of necessary paperwork and clearances, Darin Swope was approved to serve as a substitute nurse. Other pending approvals are Curt Zimmerman as a substitute custodian and James Fuller Sr. as a substitute teacher.

Meanwhile, Van Duncan and Amanda Schetrompf will be serving as assistant baseball coach and volunteer cheerleading coach, respectively.

A contract was approved with Metz and Associates that states effective January 1 all cafeteria substitutes will be paid by the company instead of the district. Board member Danny Crouse dissented during the 7-1 roll-call vote. Fellow board member Donald Whiteside was unable to attend last Tuesday’s meeting.

The board did not take any action on filling the district and board secretary position currently held by Betty Feagley. The matter is slated to be addressed during the board’s next meeting on January 18.

A contract between the district and Vision Quest, based locally in Warfordsburg, was penned retroactive to July 1 and wraps up on June 30, 2011. Vision Quest’s services are at no expense to the Southern Fulton School District, which acts as a flow-through for money between home school districts and Vision Quest. Vision Quest provides alternative education to young women who have engaged in disruptive behavior ranging from truancy to disregard for authority.

The board authorized Superintendent Kendra Trail to study past and current enrollment trends; past, current and possible future curriculum offerings; professional staffing; and make recommendations to the board on these areas.

As mandated by the state, the board approved the annual Act 1 resolution that stipulates taxes will not be raised above the 2 percent index. In discussing the matter, business manager Deb Schetrompf pointed out the board had until January 15 to approve the resolution or a tentative budget.

Bard added the board had no real option because if the issue was put on the ballot as a referendum question, the public wouldn’t approve a tax increase. Meanwhile, Morton said, the board ties their hands by approving the resolution, but if they didn’t the state would tie the board’s hands themselves.

Wuertenberg concluded the issue “sticks in his craw.”

Eleventh- and 12thgrade Drama Club members are scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh for Theatre Appreciation-Reduced Shakespeare Co. on January 8 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

A school bus turnaround sign was approved for along Route 30 in the vicinity of Sam’s Mountain Auction. The board agreed to revisit the issue in the event the turnaround continues to be problem. It may also discuss the turnaround with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A second reading for Policy 223, Pupils, Use of Motor Vehicles and Policy 808.1, Operations, Meal Accounts was unanimously accepted.

Following an 82-minute executive session to discuss personnel and negotiations, the board reconvened to unanimously reject the factfinders report prepared as a result of unresolved, ongoing negotiations between the board and the teachers’ union.

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