2011-07-28 / Front Page

Personnel Tops FR Agenda

Students to pay $10 parking fee in 2011-12
By Jean Snyder

The board dealt with a short financial agenda and approved charging students a $10 parking fee, effective with the 2011-12 school year, but personnel matters topped the agenda of the regular meeting of the Forbes Road School District Board of Directors last Monday evening and included a slightly more than one-hour executive session.

Following the executive session, members voted to accept the resignation of Don Burd, the district’s technology director, effective July 2, 2011, and also unanimously voted to place all hourly maintenance personnel on salary. William Peffer was added to the maintenance list with all members in favor of the motion. Karen Peffer abstained from voting on the appointment.

Benjamin Young was hired as a math teacher at a starting salary of $35,250.

In other personnel matters, the board did not approve the 2011-12 extracurricular salary list. All members but one voted in opposition to the salary list.

During a short financial agenda, the board also accepted the low bid for paving and sealing submitted by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.

During miscellaneous business, the board approved several requests for building use and field trips, including a request from Brown Cutchall to use a room for officials meetings on requested dates; a request from Ryan Wade to conduct a band camp from July 25-29; and a request for performance of the musical “Oklahoma” to take place on March 8, 9 and 10.

The high school field trip list was approved, and a field trip for the band to perform at the Ben 5K race and Wells Tannery homecoming parade were also approved. A field trip request for an Intermediate Learning Support trip to Penn State to attend a bug fair on September 17 was also approved.

During a policy discussion, the board voted to change the high school handbook to reflect 35 days of absence instead of 40 for excessive absences definition. A motion to approve the elementary grade scale’s lowest passing grade to 66 percent was also approved.

Also during the regular meeting, the board received updates on vo-tech, maintenance, elementary and high school activities. School Superintendent Fred Foster also reported on the psychologist position and on school lunch prices. High school Principal Christina Ramsey gave the board a report on summer school courses and adjusted student schedules, while elementary school Principal Paul Swope updated the board on a summer reading camp, training attended on bullying and a kindergarten academy for parents and students sponsored by the Fulton County Center for Families.

The next regular board meeting will be held on September 12, 2011, at 7 p.m.

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