2011-12-15 / Front Page

Teressa Bard To Head FR School Board

Byron Helsel elected vice president during board reorganization
By Jean Snyder

The board of directors of the Forbes Road School District met on Monday, December 5, and, in addition to the regular meeting, also reorganized the board.

New board members Merrill Arnold, Rheon Gelvin and Byron Helsel were sworn in and the election of officers was held. Both Teressa Bard and Merrill Arnold were nominated for board president, and Bard edged out Arnold on a 5-4 vote. Deonna Carmack and Byron Helsel were nominated for vice president, and Helsel was elected, also on a 5-4 vote.

In other elections and appointments, Chanin Rotz-Mountz accepted the position of legislative chairperson, and Byron Helsel was elected to serve as a Vo-Tech Joint Operating Committee member.

The board meeting places and times for 2012 were set. Board meetings will be held the first Monday of each month (except for holidays); administrative committee meetings will be held the Tuesday before the board meetings; and policy meetings will be set as needed. Meetings will be held in the high school library at 7 p.m.

In addition to the reorganization, the board also dealt with routine business at Monday night’s meeting.

Personnel matters decided included the acceptance of the resignation of Traci Chilcote as softball coach, the resignation of Paula Christy as a teacher aide and the resignation of Crystal Smith as a learning support teacher; the approval of Mike Schepis and Pete Hall to serve as assistants for elementary basketball; the approval of Mark Knepper to serve as a volunteer assistant with girls varsity basketball; and the approval of Angel Knepper and Alison Broadwater to serve as volunteer coaches with elementary girls’ basketball.

In other miscellaneous business, the board approved Tri- State Community Health to conduct school and sports physicals.

Directors also approved homebound instruction for one high school student and approved an additional list of buses from Snyder Busing to use for student transportation to school and activities.

The senior class trip to Myrtle Beach, with housing, security and activities as presented, was approved, and the senior prom was approved for May 18, 2012, at Raystown Convention Center. A field trip for selected students to the Technical Institute at Hiram Andrews in Johnstown on December 12 was approved as presented.

Building-use requests were approved for the old high school gym for indoor hockey on Saturday nights for December 10-February 18 and the high school gym for adult alumni basketball December 2011-February 26.

The board voted to table a motion that would have directed the superintendent and solicitor to create an education foundation.

In the only financial business conducted, the board voted to enter into an agreement with PSBA to participate in the Better Unemployment Compensation System Comprehensive Program (BUCS) and to provide the services as stated in the approved agreement.

Also during the meeting, the board heard updates from the elementary and high school principals. High school updates included the announcement of Cordell Strait and Braylin Hohman as the junior high Snowball king and queen and Reilly Barnett and Olivia Mills as the senior high Snowball king and queen.

It was also noted that the OLWEUS anti-bullying program’s student kickoff was held on November 23 and was attended by two state troopers, two probation officers, representatives from the Center for Families, District Magisterial Judge Devin Horne and county Commissioner Craig Cutchall. A representative from the state attorney general’s office also attended. The parent kickoff assembly was held December 1 and was well attended.

The board went into executive session from 8:21 p.m. to 9:07 to discuss personnel matters and upon reconvening at 9:07 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.

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