2011-12-15 / Front Page

Mellott To Lead SFSB

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Recently re-elected to a second term of office, Timothy Mellott was unanimously appointed to lead the Southern Fulton School Board last Tuesday night in the capacity of president. As a follow-up to Mellott taking the helm, the board also nominated and approved fellow member Patrick Bard to serve as board vice president.

The December 6 election was part of the board’s annual reorganization meeting, which also included a welcome and swearing-in of board newcomers David Smith, Dale Sigel and Sam Souders.

In other reorganization matters, Allen Morton was authorized to serve as a member of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School’s Joint Operating Committee. Meanwhile, Danny Crouse will replace outgoing board member Kenny Wuertenberg as an alternate on the AVTS committee.

Mark Mosemann was nominated and approved to serve as a legislative representative for the Pennsylvania School Board Association, and Mellott will fill Dwight Bard’s director’s position on Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. In addition, Patrick Bard and Timothy Hull were appointed board representatives on the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission and Sewer Authority, respectively.

Wrapping up reorganization, the board moved onto regular business, which included various citizens’ participation. Artifacts prepared by the high school 3-D art class were presented to the board by Jason Durham and Cassie Barnard, and Superintendent Kendra Trail presented Keystone placards to principals Meredith Hendershot and Theresa Corle for their students achieving adequate yearly progress through the PSSA tests. Trail also handed out policy books to all board members.

The board went on to approve Jamie Shaw as a replacement for long-term substitute teacher Logan Cunningham. Shaw will in turn be overseeing the classroom and duties of high school teacher Justin Sholes, who was previously granted a leave of absence through December 21. Shaw’s daily rate has been set at $115.

Pending the receipt of necessary clearances, Ginger Morgret, Jill Rhodes and Erin Claycomb were added to the professional substitute list for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.

Van Duncan was appointed to the position of varsity assistant baseball coach, while Dennis Douglas was approved as a volunteer varsity baseball coach as recommended by the district’s athletic director.

Tabling taking action until the matter could be discussed at length in executive session, the board eventually granted maintenance employee Alan Gregory an unpaid leave of absence based on legal counsel’s advice. Gregory’s absence, which falls under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, is slated to begin retroactive to December 1 and wrap up February 23, 2012.

Having given the superintendent authorization last year, the board again directed Trail to study student enrollment trends from prior years as well as projected enrollment; study past, current and future course offerings; study staffing needs for the upcoming school year; and make recommendations to the board concerning staffing, curriculum and program needs.

The board spoke via speaker phone to financial advisor Gordon Walker regarding the possible payoff of the district’s 1993 bonds. It was agreed by common assent that action would not be taken at that time on the payoff of bonds.

In other money matters, the Act 1 resolution was adopted indicating that the tax rate cannot be raised higher than its index, provided the resolution be approved no later than 110 days prior to the date of the election, immediately proceeding the upcoming fiscal year.

On a 8-1 roll-call vote, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the union regarding tuition reimbursement. Board member Sigel dissented during the roll-call vote.

Permission was given to Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church to allow the tearing down and replacement of a fence across from the old elementary facility. The project will be done at no cost to the district.

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