2011-08-25 / Front Page

Forbes Rd. Makes Personnel Decisions

Prepares for 11-12 school year
By Jean Snyder

In preparation for the beginning of a new school year, the Forbes Road School Board met last Monday evening to discuss personnel for the new year.

During the one-hour meeting, the board approved hiring Jennifer Bosley as a part-time school psychologist at the rate of $14,000. In conjunction with the appointment, the board signed an agreement with the Tussey Mountain School District to share the services of the psychologist as needed.

The board accepted the resignation of school nurse Tiffany Patton, effective immediately.

The board approved mentors for three teachers. Jessica Vollbrecht will mentor Benjamin Young, while Tammy Gelvin and Heather Hand were appointed to mentor Christie Daniels and Stacy Horne, respectively. Also, Gelvin and Vollbrecht were appointed as seventh-grade advisors.

Kathy Baker and Melanie Schoen were approved as volunteers to assist with the cheerleading squad for the 2011-12 season, The board also approved the 2011-12 extracurricular, teacher and non-teacher staff substitute lists. In addition, the list of transportation contractors and drivers was approved as presented. The personnel decisions followed an approximately 30- minute executive session.

In other business conducted, the board approved reducing breakfast prices for elementary students to $1 (25 cents less) and lunch to $1.75 (25 cents less).

The board also agreed to allow a student who has moved from the district to finish his senior year at Forbes Road.

A request from the Girl Scouts to use three elementary classrooms on Monday nights from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. was approved and a request to use the field behind the elementary school and the Lions Club fields for AYSO soccer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings was also approved.

Early graduation for two students was approved on a unanimous roll-call vote.

During a policy discussion, the acceptable use policy for email and Internet access and the final reading regarding reasonable suspicion testing were presented and approved.

A motion was approved to remove “shoes and sandals with back-straps are approved and all flip-flops are prohibited” from the student handbook. There were three dissenting votes on removing the policy.

The board approved the transportation procedure manual.

During regular business, the board heard updates on the district from Superintendent Fred Foster as well as updates from the elementary school, high school and the maintenance department.

It was announced that a special meeting was to occur on August 22 to review and discuss asbestos abetment and pod(s) removal/demolition at the old high school.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for September 12, 2011, at 7 p.m.

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