2011-05-19 / Local & State

CF Acts On Tentative Budget

Hears comments from public
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Taxpayers in the Central Fulton School District may see a slight change in their tax bill if the school’s budget meets final adoption on June 14.

Last Tuesday, the board gave tentative approval to its budget for the 2011-12 school year that shows both anticipated revenue and expenditures at $12,452,688. In accordance with its annual budget preparations, the board also announced it is preparing to raise the real estate tax rate by .9996 mills.

According to district business manager Jolinda Wilson, the change in millage will result in an average increase of $49.12 for taxpayers and an additional $160,000 in revenue for the district.

The administration is preparing to apprise district residents of ongoing cuts and alterations as part of the agenda in June, but Wilson did note that on the expenditure side the school continues to see increases in special education costs and charter school tuition.

Board member Ryan Richards was the lone dissenter on the budget during the 8-1 roll- call vote.

Other finance-related issues acted on by the board include acknowledgement of a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education pertaining to the receipt of the district’s single audit report ending June 30, 2010.

The Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School general operating budget for the 2011-12 school year was given a tentative nod of approval. The budget totals $758,193, and the district’s share of the budget is $217,598.48. The administration noted by using deferred revenues, its share represents a $9,546.77 decrease from the current school year.

Accepting the recommendation from the Budget and Finance Committee, the board approved the 2011-12 extra- and cocurricular salary schedule.

Bids totaling $27,811.28 were awarded for the purchase of shop and custodial/maintenance supplies.

Commenting on a topic not listed on the agenda, concerned mother Kristen Mumma asked the board and administration if an incident that recently occurred on a K-5 field trip to Hershey Park Chocolate World and Zoo had been properly addressed. Mumma further questioned if anything will be done to prevent future incidents from occurring.

The trip Mumma made reference to has been the talk of many district parents, and a video of the involved chaperone in an alleged intoxicated state even made the popular social networking site known as Facebook.

District Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft stated based on an investigation, elementary Principal Alicia Mellott made the most “prudent decision” on the information provided. Mellott, Northcraft said, also contacted state police and learned she made the right decision. Mellott in turn spoke on district policy pertaining to when parents/ guardians require clearances.

Having been in attendance at the board’s prior meeting on April 12, Mc- Connellsburg area resident Diane Leese broached the topic of peanut butter and other nut products in the school. Leese pointed out no one on either side of the issue wants harm to come to a child. The issue is, Leese said, whether a peanut butter ban is the right decision to make universally.

Leese made reference to parents having to scrutinize food labels, and in spite of their efforts to safeguard kids at school there are no provisions to cover what students are eating at home and may carry on them to school in the form of oils and residue.

“Nut-free is not necessary,” she said. The topic was scheduled to be addressed further by the board’s Policy Committee on May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Under new school business, the board agreed to retain the services of dentist Jack D. Steele, D.D.S., for the upcoming 2011- 12 school year. Dr. Steele will be performing examinations on students enrolled in grades three and seven at a cost of $3 per exam. The cost is unchanged from the current school year.

In addition, Dr. Steven Cohen will be serving as school physician next year at a rate of $8 per student physical. The rate for Dr. Cohen’s services remains at its current level.

The board granted underclassmen permission an early dismissal on the last day of school set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 2.

The board accepted a letter of resignation for retirement from technology specialist Lisa Wenschhof, whose last day of service will be on or before September 30.

In a follow-up motion, baccalaureate services were set for Sunday, May 29, and graduation for June 2. Both events begin at 7 p.m. in the middle/high school auditorium. During the 8-1 roll-call vote, board member Eric Hollinshead dissented stating he did not wish to come back early from being out of town over the Memorial Day weekend.

Heather Walker was hired as an Extended School Year instructor at an hourly rate of $24.50. Furthermore, a paraprofessional will lend assistance during that same time frame at a rate of $8.50 per hour.

Devon Cunningham was approved to volunteer his time as a track assistant, and the following individuals were approved for placement on the 2011-12 extracurricular salary schedule:

 Heidi Johnston, volleyball head coach, $2,595

 A’Leese Dickerson, volleyball first assistant coach, $1,895

 Cherina Strait, volleyball second assistant coach, $1,745

 Annie Marie Hollinshead, girls/boys soccer volunteer assistant coach

 Chris Mellott, boys soccer first assistant coach, $1,895

 Cory Houck, boys soccer second assistant coach, $1,745

 Tobias McGarvey, girls soccer head coach, $2,595

 Josh McKelvy, girls soccer first assistant coach, $1,895

 Allan Kaplan, girls soccer volunteer assistant coach

 David Garland, girls basketball head coach, $2,645

 Dorothy Doyle, girls basketball first assistant coach, $2,045

 Doug Seiders, girls basketball second assistant coach, $1,945

 Allison Fraker, girls basketball third assistant coach, $1,845

 Alees Splendore, cheerleading head coach, $2,595

 Holly Falkosky, cheerleading first assistant coach, $1,895.

In hearing a monthly report from middle/ high school Principal Todd Beatty, board member Dr. Brent Carlson questioned how many students are taking advanced placement tests. Beatty noted two and three students, respectively, have taken the AP history and English tests. The principal added that 14 students are enrolled in the AP calculus class, but only two have taken the test.

Carlson stated the district should be encouraging the enrolled students to take the test. In the event they are not, feedback should be received to help determine what the stumbling block is. Special Education director Ginger Thompson attributed the lack of testing to “nerves” and responded some students are afraid poor AP test scores will show up on their transcripts and hurt their chances for college.

Superintendent Northcraft concluded the district can control and work through those issues as they are not required to list those grades on student transcripts.

In his report Beatty also touched on a recent Earth Day celebration overseen by middle school reading teacher Mrs. Cordell. Sixth-grade students, according to Beatty, were treated to a variety of speakers and projects, including meeting with wind turbine and energy expert Joe Dell and local resident Eldon Martin. Martin cooked cinnamon rolls for the kids using a solar oven and shared a video of his workable boat constructed of cardboard and newspaper.

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