2011-04-14 / Local & State

Transportation Changes Top Forbes Agenda

Red Bird runs decreased as cost-cutting measure
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School Board of Directors held a brief meeting last Monday evening and transportation and routine items of business topped the agenda.

During his superintendent’s report, Fred Foster announced a major change to the K4 (Red Bird) busing schedule for next school year. Foster said, “The Red Bird runs (K4) will now be assigned to a regular bus route. There will not be a mid-day run.” He went on to say that if there are enough for two sections, then, students will be picked up in the morning hours ( 7: 15 – 8: 00) and dropped off in the afternoon (3:20 – 4:00). Parents will be responsible to pick up the morning students between 11:20 and 11:45 or drop off students for the afternoon during the same time frame. If there is only one section, then parents will again be responsible to pick them up after lunch between 11:45 – 12:00. “Times will be confirmed with the parents at a later date,” he added.

Foster, during his report, also told board members that due to budget cuts, the district would likely have a budget shortfall of approximately $560,000. He cited reductions in basic education subsidies, the Accountability Block Grant and charter school reimbursements that will likely result in the district receiving $425,000 less from the state.

During regular business, the board approved the 2011- 2012 Tuscarora Intermediate Unit general operating budget in the amount of $3,257,531. The approval was given on a unanimous rollcall vote.

Field trips were approved for the senior physical education class to travel to Lake Rays- town to kayak on May 6 and the senior class was given approval for a trip to a water park in Virginia on May 27.

The board also approved the final 2011-2012 school calendar and approved cheerleading activities that will include a one-day camp for elementary cheerleaders in May and approval for two practices per month to be held during the summer. The Lions Club was given permission to use school facilities as a backup for the club’s annual Easter egg hunt on April 23. The school facility would be used in the event of inclement weather or muddy grounds.

Under the personnel agenda item, the board accepted the resignation of Peter Hall as co-coach of the girls elementary basketball team and accepted the resignation of Eric True as assistant baseball coach for the 2011-2012 school year. The board approved Moe Kuhns to fill the position of assistant baseball coach at step one of the extracurricular salary scale ($1,500) and approved a leave request for Heather Hand to begin May 17 and continue until the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Following the adjournment of the regular meeting, the board met in executive session to discuss personnel and labor negotiations.

Fulton County Medical Center along with the Mc- Connellsburg American Legion and the VA Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va., are gearing up for their first Veterans Health Fair this Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The health fair will be held at American Legion Post 561, 411 North Fourth Street, McConnellsburg.

There will be representatives on hand from the VA and other government agencies, including: National Cemetery, Regional Office (disability claims, VA benefits), Martinsburg Vet Cen- ter, OEF/OIF Program, Veterans Service Rep (benefits, claims), and VA’s Rural Health Outreach. In addition, there will be many health screenings provided by local health agencies, including: infection control, rehab services, cholesterol and glucose, pulse oxygen, carbon monoxide monitoring, peak flows, BMI, osteoporosis, blood pressure, vision, and hearing.

Congressman Bill Shuster and Penn State Mont Alto will provide information and literature regarding their programs, and the Letterkenny Army Depot, JLG Military Support and Med- STAR Air Medical Transport will be on hand with their equipment. In addition, the American Legion will provide light refreshments. There will be something for all ages so bring the whole family.

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