2011-04-21 / Front Page

SF Eyeing New Policies

First reading of 28 policies approved
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

The Southern Fulton School Board tackled an agenda heavily laden with policy matters last Tuesday and moved onto several board and staff appointments before going behind closed doors.

Approval was given to the first reading of a total of 28 policies dealing with pupils; administrative, support and professional employees; finances; property; operations; and family/parental involvement. According to the unofficial minutes, the board also agreed to delete six policies delving into compensation, human development programs, Title 1 programs and emergency procedures regarding property.

Board member Patrick Bard was reappointed to serve as the district’s representative on the Fulton County Parks and Recreation

Commission. Furthermore, as coordinated by the athletic director, the commission was given permission to use the elementary gymnasium for a basketball league between the months of April and June.

A nod of approval was given to the 2011-12 general operating budget for Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. On a follow-up motion, the board approved the following nominees to serve a three-year term of office on the TIU #11 Board of Directors: Elaine E. Van Horn, Juniata County School District; Duane D. Gearhart, Mount Union Area School District; and Dwight D. Bard, Southern Fulton School District. Bard abstained during the roll-call vote.

The board signed off on a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1. Board President Kenny Wuertenberg dissented during the 7-1 roll-call vote.

On a motion by Allen Morton and Donald Whiteside, the board unanimously accepted a memorandum of understanding regarding Grievance #2010-2011-01 on a 8-0 roll-call vote. Fellow board member Timothy Hull was unable to attend the April 12 meeting.

Amber Goldizen was granted permission to attend a mandated Pre-K meeting scheduled for May 22-24 in State College.

Craig Elbin will be serving in the capacity of volunteer girls softball coach during the 2010-11 school year.

The sixth-grade Environmental Club will travel to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., to visit the Appalachian Trail on May 11.

Annual approval was granted for the elementary school to participate in Camp Joy-El Released Time Program for the upcoming 2011-12 school year, while students in kindergarten through second grade can participate in the Child Evangelism Fellowship Bible Release Program next year.

A school bus turnaround sign will be placed at 855 McKibbin Lane, Warfordsburg.

Following a discussion on the possible sale of a lift and paint booth, the board unanimously agreed to place the high school’s paint booth up for sale.

The district is slated to purchase transportation-related software known as “Bustrack” at a total cost of $14,150.

Under citizen’s participation, Craig Erdman, assistant executive director of PSBA’s administrative services, presented board members Whiteside, Wuertenberg, Dwight Bard and Morton the Honor Roll of School Board Service. Whiteside and Wuertenberg have both completed eight years of service with the district, while Bard and Morton have spent 16 years on the board.

In addition, high school Principal Meredith Hendershot gave the board a brief presentation on the new graduate rate. Special Education Director Diane Younker finished out the evening with a presentation on autism facts.

Following adjournment, the board conducted a 77-minute executive session to review litigation and negotiation matters.

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