2012-01-19 / Front Page

Forbes Road OKs Limiting Tax Increases

By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School Board of Directors approved an Act 1 Resolution last Monday evening that states it will not raise the rate of any tax for the support of the district for 2012-13 fiscal year by more than its index of 2.4 percent. Approval of the resolution also means that the board is ineligible to apply for exceptions or to ask the voters for a referendum to exceed the index. The indexes are computed by the state’s Department of Education.

Also during regular business, the board agreed to enter into an agreement with Manito Laurel Life for school-based counseling services for the 2011-12 school year. The motion passed with one “no” vote.

The board also approved adding junior high to the school’s existing football co-op at no expense to the district.

At 7:47 p.m., the board went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. The board meeting was reconvened at 7:59 p.m. Personnel items approved included: the addition of Tara Knepper, Sarah Paylor and Alicia Pollock to the teacher substitute list; Troy Harrison was added as assistant coach to the track and field team on a volunteer basis; Danielle Suders was appointed as a part-time paraprofessional to replace a full-time paraprofessional who resigned; Rebecca Plane was hired as a long-term substitute for the elementary learning support position effective February 3, 2012; Deborah King’s resignation was accepted effective immediately as the third senior class advisor; and Stacy Gelvin was hired as junior high girls basketball coach prorated for year one at $620.

Three field trips were approved, including: the band to Bellefonte High School for district band from February 16-18; the Ski Club to Blue Knob Resort on 1/18, 2/1, 2/14 and 3/5 during after school hours; and the FBLA to State Leadership Conference from April 16-18.

During the public comment agenda item, a district resident asked about the status of the solar panels for the school. High school Principal Christina Ramsey replied that the federal funds were cut for the program, and the project was dropped because the district did not want to pay for the total cost.

During other business, the board approved the revision of several policies using PSBA guidelines. The policies included Special Education, Discipline of Students with Disabilities, Screening and Evaluations of Students with Disabilities, Confidentiality of Special Education Student Information, Employment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, Employment of District Staff, Employment of Substitutes, Employment of Summer School Staff, Student Teachers/Interns, Assignment and Transfer, Conduct/ Disciplinary Procedures, Professional Development and Contracted Services.

Also during regular business, updates were received from the elementary and high school principals.

Elementary Principal Paul Swope reported that approximately 40 students attended the Center for Families activity day on December 22.

Principal Ramsey reported that one student will attend district band in Mount Union and that senior PSSA retake test results will be back this month.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on February 6, 2012.

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