2011-11-17 / Front Page

Forbes Road Tends To Routine Agenda

Some disagree on senior trip
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School District’s board of directors dealt mainly with field trips and personnel issues at its regular meeting held last Monday evening.

The board approved field trip requests for: an overnight senior class trip to either Myrtle Beach or Florida in April (with two board members voting no); retroactive approval for the field hockey team’s trip to Mercersburg Academy on October 24 for practice on turf to prepare for the District VI title match; 10th grade to Wilson College to see “The Taming of the Shrew” on Nov. 18; the Drama Club to New York City in March to participate in a Broadway classroom and to see a Broadway show; elementary field trips for kindergarten to Mishler Theatre in May; first grade to Hershey on May 1; second grade to Lincoln Caverns on May 1; third grade to Lake Tobias on May 11; fourth grade to Whitaker Science Center on April 20; and fifth grade to National Aquarium on May 8.

The board also approved a request from Ryan Wade to host the fall band festival at Forbes Road on November 18; approved a request from the adult league to use the gym on Sunday afternoons during the fall and winter; and gave approval for participation in the Hagerstown Sun’s spring reading incentive program.

A request from the juniors to research the possibility of holding the prom at Raystown instead of the American Legion was also approved.

The following personnel items were acted on: Brian Hinkle was approved as a transportation driver for Snyder Bus Lines; Benjamin Young was approved to transfer 17 sick leave days from Mifflin County School District; Kari Fogal’s resignation as assistant junior high basketball coach (due to scheduling conflicts) was accepted; the board agreed to divide the assistant musical director position into two positions – assistant director and music director; Jessica Vollbrecht and Ryan Wade were approved as assistant director and music director, respectively, at $950 each; and Deb King was approved as a third senior-class advisor to coordinate senior class trips.

During financial business, the board voted to amend a motion from last month changing payment for layover hours for extracurricular activities from $7.75 to $7.25 per hour. November bills of $194,434.82 were approved for payment.

The board approved an amendment to the AVTS Articles of Agreement as presented. Also, 15 policy revisions as presented by PSBA were approved.

Updates were also presented by the superintendent and building principals as well as vo-tech and buildings and grounds maintenance.

Superintendent Fred Foster presented appreciation certificates to board members Terry Brant and Carl Detwiler, whose school board terms have expired He also presented PSBA appreciation certificates to Teressa Bard, Terry Brant, Carl Detwiler, Karen Peffer and Deborah Strait for their years of service.

Foster also announced that new board orientation will be held at the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit on November 21 and in Altoona on December 3 and 4. He also discussed information from a meeting on the development of a new teacher evaluation system for teachers and principals.

He added that the Vo-Tech is reviewing the possibility of conducting an adult education program in welding.

High School Principal Christina Ramsey reported on the Artist in Residency program that has now concluded. She announced that a band festival including McConnellsburg, Southern Fulton, Fannett-Metal and Forbes Road will be held on November 18. The Forbes Road Band placed third in the Mercersburg Halloween parade. She also congratulated the field hockey team on its 12-6 record. The team lost the District VI championship by one point to Belleville Mennonite. She also congratulated Michael Runk for making it to the first team for Sideling Hill League Soccer All-Stars.

Elementary Principal Paul Swope reported on 4Sight assessment, Web progress monitoring, a Marianna sub sale, Bingo for Books held on October 20 with 80 in attendance and a fire prevention assembly held October 28 with speakers from the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.

Facility manager John Mixell reported that all asbestos tile has been removed from the old school building. One pod will have no heat and the other pods are being set up for storage. He also reported that the district netted more than $900 in a silent auction of unused equipment and materials.

The board held a 20-minute executive session for personnel reasons and adjourned immediately following the conclusion of the session at 7:47 p.m.

The Forbes Road School District meets the first Monday of each month, and the next regular meeting is scheduled for December 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

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