2011-10-13 / Local & State

Personnel, Finance Top FR Agenda

Silent auction planned for October 22
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School District Board of Directors made personnel and financial decisions at itsr regular meeting held last Monday evening.

The board approved the addition of Christine Englert and Rebecca Ford to the nonteaching substitute list. They approved a leave of absence for Megan Shillings from November 3, 2011, through January 2, 2012, and also appointed Erin Derr as a long-term substitute for Shillings while she is on leave. Heidi O’Neal was approved to use days as needed for state emergencies not to exceed 15 days.

The board approved the 2011- 2012 transportation contractor rates as presented and approved extracurricular transportation rates at $1.90 per mile and a $7.75 layover for a bus and $1 per mile and a $7.75 layover rate for a van. Also, the 2011-2012 teaching and nonteaching salaries were approved as presented.

The board also approved a guardianship application and an early graduation request pending completion of all graduation requirements.

Several outside requests were approved, including a request to use the old high school gym to conduct an elementary basketball camp from November 7-10, depending on the asbestos removal schedule.

A request from the field hockey team to use the high school cafeteria for a book sale from November 10-12 was approved. Fulton County Center for Families was also approved to conduct a survey to see if families would be interested in an after-school program.

A request to reassign the bus stop at 5044 Waterfall Road from Bus Route 04A to Route 08A was denied with one member voting in favor of the request.

Two field trips were approved, including a band trip to the Three Springs Halloween parade on October 29 and a sixth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., in May 2012.

In addition to regular business on Monday evening, the board also heard updates on the district, the high school and the elementary school.

District Superintendent Fred Foster updated the board, providing a list of items to sell in the old school as part of the cleanup project. Foster said a silent bid on the items will be held at the old school on October 22. Items may be bid on between 11 a.m. and noon, and bids will be awarded between noon and 1 p.m. The gymnasium will be open to the public on Friday, October 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone who wishes to view the items.

Foster also reported that the cafeteria passed food inspection and compliance monitoring in all categories.

Junior-senior high school Principal Christina Ramsey provided the board an update on the status of the OLWEUS bullying prevention program, saying staff has completed four hours of training with two hours yet to complete. On November 23, a high school assembly will be held with law enforcement and the county commissioners in attendance.

Ramsey also announced that parent-teacher conferences will be held on November 11 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. She also shared dates with the board, including high school picture day on October 12, PSAT day on October 12 for 60 students and artist in residence, Nancy Walker will start on October 17.

Elementary school Principal Paul Swope reported on various activities, including September events of open house, book fair, the nutritional awareness program, a data meeting with Title I teachers, Wolfgang candy sales, the bullying prevention program and the Conservation District’s Farm Field Day trip.

Swope also reported that a reward trip to the Huntingdon Theatre and a local park will be in mid-October. Any fourth- through sixth-grader who achieved proficient or advanced scores in all PSSA test categories will be invited. Swope said that out of 90 students enrolled in those grades, approximately 75 are eligible to attend.

On October 10 the elementary school kicked off its school mall program, which allows students to earn money as a result of families and community members shopping online.

The Forbes Road School Board meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for November 7.

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