2011-10-27 / Front Page

SF Acts On Personnel Items

Hears from teachers on PSSA testing results
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Southern Fulton School Board took action on several personnelrelated items last Tuesday evening and also heard some favorable news on student PSSA test results from the 2010-11 school year.

Dustin Fischer was appointed to the position of varsity baseball coach for the current school year as per recommendation of district athletic director Kent Hendershot. As a result of Fischer stepping down from his role as assistant coach, the board followed up with a motion to advertise the newly vacated coaching position.

Pending the completion of necessary paperwork, Rose Gordon was approved to serve as a substitute custodian and secretary. In addition, Sarah Paylor and Megan Crouse were added to the district’s professional teaching list and substitute nurse list, respectively.

Kindergarten and pre-K teachers

Amber Leader and Amber Goldizen were granted an unpaid leave of absence through Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Leader’s leave has been tentatively approved for November 11 through December 26, and Goldizen’s leave is currently scheduled for November 18 through January 2.

Heather McConnell will be serving as a long-term substitute for Leader, and Lindsey Yorke was selected as a long-term sub for Goldizen. Both individuals will receive a daily rate of $115 for their duties.

Furthermore, Logan Cunningham was authorized to serve as a long-term substitute for high school English teacher Justin Sholes between November 8 through December 12 at a rate of $115 per day.

Sholes along with fellow high school teachers Joe Hollenshead, Yvonne Griest and Rodney Leese were on-hand during the October 18 to review PSSA scores from the 2010-11 school year. Having met adequate yearly progress, Sholes stated neither the high school or elementary staff are willing to settle for baseline scores.

Currently Southern Fulton High School is ranked in first place in every level, class and testing category through the PSSA, Sholes said. In fact, he noted, that you would have to travel more than 1-1/2 hours to reach any high school that could beat Southern Fulton in testing results. He cited the school’s success to curriculum wide commitment, positive faculty attitude and student rewards.

The teachers and the board went on to discuss the amount of time during the school year to prepare the student body for the annual test.

Elementary teacher Cindy Flaherty touched on PSSA results at an elementary level and noted the facility as a whole made adequate yearly progress. She further broke down testing results on a gradeby grade level and touched on future focus areas based on current results.

Under the category of policies, the board unanimously approved the first reading of 15 policies dealing with board procedures, programs, terroristic threats, volunteers and professional employees.

The board authorized several building and grounds requests, including the volleyball team to use the high school gymnasium on November 11 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.to hold a charity game for breast cancer.

In addition, the Southern Fulton Softball League will use the elementary gym on November 6, November 13, November 20, December 4, December 11, December 18, January 8, January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19 and February 26. Between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. the league will conduct a pitching camp.

The board held a prolonged discussion regarding moving $7,650,000 of the district’s unassigned fund balance to a committed fund retroactive to June 30. The move was required in order for the auditor to complete the annual audit and to comply with governmental accounting standards. Primarily the discussion revolved around how the money should be divided and into what accounts. Accounts that may need funding in the future were capital improvements, PSERS retirement, health insurance and debt service.

Eventually, the board agreed on a 6-2 roll-call vote to commit the money to the following categories: $2 million for future PSERS retirement rate increases: $2 million for future health insurance increases; $1.8 million for future debt-service payments; and $1.85 for capital improvements. Board members Allen Morton and Tim Mellott dissented. Fellow board member Tim Hull was not able to attend the October 18 meeting.

It was noted by the administration that even though the money has been designated to benefit certain areas, it could be moved around freely from one area to another in the event of unexpected increases or projects.

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