2011-02-17 / Front Page

Forbes OKs Curriculum, Field Trips

Discusses other routine business items
By Jean Snyder

Curriculum approval and field trip requests dominated the agenda at the Forbes Road School Board’s February meeting held last Monday evening.

During the board meeting, the directors approved the following curriculums: general music for grades K-3 and 4-6; academic English for grade 12, 10th-grade English and Speech 101; family consumer science, teen living, 7th grade and food prep; U.S. History I and II, P.O.D. and world cultures; earth and space science, physics, chemistry, advanced chemistry and general science; AP calculus; career awareness for tech ed; career awareness for business, 9thgrade computer apps, intro to accounting and desktop publishing.

In a related matter, Michele Grace presented the proposed writing curriculum and year-end assessments.

Also during discussion of curriculum, the board approved a request for cooperative sponsorship of the junior high/varsity girls and boys track and field with Central Fulton School District.

The following field trips were also approved: senior class to McConnellsburg High School for “Save a Life Tour” (February 16), 12th-grade special education to TIU#11 or Huntingdon Vo-Tech; county chorus to Greencastle Antrim High School for concert (March 4, 5); 5th-grade chorus fest at McConnellsburg for concert (March 11) and 4th-grade to State Museum of PA in Harrisburg (May 2).

Also on Monday evening, the board heard updates on the district and the elementary and high schools. High School Principal Christina Ramsey announced that two students, Garrett Bard and Macklin Hawkins, received honorable mention in a creative writing contest at the Renaissance Faire. She also announced that the National Honor Society is collecting “Pennies for Patients,” and that Corrie Parsons and Dylan Deshong are students of the month.

Superintendent Fred Foster reviewed transportation for the girls basketball team and discussed the fact that the idea of school vouchers may soon be back on the table.

A list of taxpayers to be exonerated was tabled until the March 7 meeting.

During a discussion of financial issues, the board voted to approve project refinancing for the issuance of general obligation bonds, series of 2010, to refund general obligation bonds of 2004 and acceleration redemption of general obligation bonds of 2004.

Other agenda items approved included: a request for use of the high school gym and cafeteria for March 5, 11 and 12 for an elementary boys basketball seasonclosing tournament; a request for use of a classroom the evening of March 23 for pesticide training; a request for use of the gym on February 12 for a junior varsity basketball tournament; and a request from Kevin Bricker for use of the soccer field for home soccer games for the AYSO under 16 and under 19 teams from April through June 2011.

Personnel requests approved included: addition of Shane Thomas and Mallory Welsh to the teacher substitute list; approval of a leave request from Carrie Gingerich for the spring of 2011; and approval for Mike Schepis to assist with softball on a voluntary basis.

Following adjournment of the meeting at 7:40 p.m., the board went into executive session for purposes of negotiations until 8:30 p.m.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled to be held on March 7, 2011.

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