2011-02-17 / Local & State

Two Central Fulton Staffers Recognized

Exception requested to raise millage rate above index
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Michelle Eichelberger and Kathy Gourley received some recognition last Tuesday by the Central Fulton administration and school board for their professional dedication and service.

In recognizing their technology coach, the board learned Eichelberger makes herself available to teachers within the district to aid them with classroom instruction, technology-related matters. In addition, Eichelberger was touted as utilizing technology within her own classroom by writing a grant for students to have IPods for communicating on schoolwork.

Eichelberger is currently enrolled in administrative classes at Shippensburg University as well as master’s coursework in chemistry at the University of Maryland.

Gourley was nominated for her patience and ability to successfully work with one of the more challenging and diverse groups of students in the school setting.

As a result, both Eichelberger and Gourley were presented with the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Award for an outstanding job in the district.

In other issues addressed last Tuesday by the board, Dr. Stephen Cohen was appointed to the position of school physician for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year. Dr. Cohen will receive a rate of $8 per physical examination and will replace Dr. Douglas Stern, who is unable to complete his duties due to switching job positions.

Elementary Principal Alicia Mellott was authorized to serve as the district’s athletic director for the next school year, while Greg Hays will provide transitional support for a period of one year to the new director. Hays will receive a stipend of $5,000 for his duties, as will Brent Pistner, who will be serving as game manager.

In other personnel matters, Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft announced he will personally be foregoing the previously approved salary increase for the 2011-12 school year.

In order to raise the district’s real estate taxes above the index set in Act 1, the district has prepared and given tentative approval to the preliminary budget for 2011- 12. To be sent to the state Department of Education for consideration, the preliminary document shows district expenses at $13.1 million and revenues budgeted at $12.9 million. Income levels will likely change, however, as state funding information becomes available to schools across the commonwealth after March 8.

According to business manager Jolinda Wilson, the budget calls for an exception to allow for .96 millage increase in real estate taxes.

Teacher Josh Strait was given permission to take approximately 45 students to Hagerstown to go bowling and roller skating retroactive to February 4. The trip was taken at no cost to the district.

Denny Swope was approved to serve as junior high volunteer assistant softball coach and was accordingly placed on the extracurricular salary scale.

Lori Ann Wible of Three Spring was placed on the district’s professional substitute list after having completed emergency certification through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11.

Girls and boys track participants from the Forbes Road School District were given permission to participate on Central Fulton’s track teams through a cooperative program.

A list of seniors anticipated to graduate in June was accepted as presented.

A dual enrollment agreement was approved as were dual enrollment courses and committee membership lists for 2011-12. Deadline for the dual enrollment grant application, it was noted, is February 15.

The district entered into an addendum for contracted services for pupil transportation. The addendum will allow the district to seek reimbursement for liquid fuel funding on behalf of the district’s contractors.

The daily rate for Route #019 to the New Day Charter School was amended from $218.92 daily to $219.12 retroactive to August 30. 2010. The change was necessary due to a prior mathematical error.

Retroactive to January 3, the same route underwent a significant increase from $219.12 to $251.02 due to shared transportation of students with the Southern Fulton School District. The new rate is only in effect on days when Southern Fulton’s students attend (twice weekly), and is split between Central Fulton at $111.32 and $139.70 for Southern Fulton.

K-4 Route #026 belonging to contractor Lynn Reeder will see a decrease in the daily rate due to the relocation of one student. The rate will accordingly drop from $85.24 to $71.36 retroactive to February 7.

Joycelene M. Strait was approved to purchase a new or used 72-passenger school bus to replace her current 1998 Freightliner.

Board member Ryan Richards was unable to attend the board’s February 8 meeting, which included an executive session for personnel matters.

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