2012-02-23 / Front Page

Central Fulton Begins Meeting With Executive Session

Ends last Tuesday’s gathering with additional executive session
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Immediately after taking roll call, Central Fulton Board members and their top administrator convened behind closed doors with their solicitor, Robin Binder Heath, last Tuesday for around 15 minutes to discuss personnel and litigation.

Taking no formal action upon reconvening, board President Cory Gress opened the floor for public comment, asking for potential speakers to identify themselves and state the nature of their business. With several individuals in attendance at the board’s February 14 meeting, alumna Sarah Paylor took the floor. Paylor stated the subject of her discussion was to be her mother, Linda Heuston, a sixthgrade math teacher at Mc- Connellsburg Middle School.

The district’s solicitor interjected, citing policy, and noted the board has a right to establish what issues can be heard. In this case, Binder Heath stated neither personnel nor student issues can be discussed publicly and may only be heard in executive session.

Paylor was urged by the solicitor to put her concerns in writing and submit them to the district’s administration as the board has to “remain untainted” in the area of personnel.

Moving onto the regular agenda, the board heard from Charles Frame of Boyer & Ritter, certified public accountants and consultants, on the results of the district’s 2010-11 financial statements. Frame gave the district a “clean” opinion and applauded its efforts at reducing expenditures in the cafeteria. Last year the district spent $623,000 in the operation of the cafeteria in comparison to $862,000 in 2010. As a result, less money was needed from the general fund to subsidize the cafeteria’s operations.

The report was unanimously approved as submitted to the board by Frame. At the conclusion of Frame’s presentation, district business manager Jolinda Wilson informed the board she intends to go over the financial report in more detail in March in conjunction with the budget talks.

Under the category of curriculum, the board approved a list of seniors anticipated to graduate in May 2012. In addition, Heather Walker-Strait was given permission to serve as an extended school year instructor at an hourly rate of $25. Furthermore, a paraprofessional can serve at a rate of $9.50 per hour during the extended school year.

The district is planning on entering into a discussion with James Buchanan School District regarding a co-op that would allow

Central Fulton students to participate on James Buchanan’s football team.

A request submitted by Denise Mellott was approved for six Odyssey of the Mind students to travel to Pittsburgh on February 18. The total cost of the trip has been calculated at $95.

In addition, six Odyssey of the Mind students will also be heading to Phillipsburg on March 7. Cost has been established at $290.50.

Teacher Michelle Eichelberger is slated to take approximately 50 students to the Bryce Jordan Center on February 25. The trip will be taken at no cost to the district.

Tracy Kendall was added to the district’s extracurricular activity salary scale for the position of junior high boys and girls track coach. Kendall’s salary was accordingly set at $1,650, while intramural volleyball coach Cherina Cutchall’s salary was recorded at $615.

In the absence of the school nurse, the board agreed to allow Olivia Swadley to receive the daily substitute rate of $90.

Dixie Headock of Fort Littleton was added to the district’s professional substitute list. Headock’s clearances have been submitted and are in order.

In following the recommendation of the board’s Policy Committee, revisions were approved for a total of 15 policies ranging from controlled substances/paraphernalia and conduct/disciplinary procedures to student teachers.

The board agreed to decrease the daily rate for bus Route #5 contracted to Lynn C. Reeder between November 1 and January 13. As a result, Reeder’s rate dropped from $113.76 to $73.55 as a result of the bus being out of commission. Bus #27 was used in its place.

Retroactive to January 17, the board then switched Reeder’s daily rate back to the full amount of $113.76.

The daily rate of Joycelene M. Strait’s #006 route was increased from $154.51 to $171 retroactive to January 11. The increase stems from the placement of a brand new 2012 bus on the route, which entitles the contractor to additional vehicle allowance.

The daily rate for #019 route to the New Day Charter School belonging to Sandy Deck Transportation was changed dating back to January 30. The daily rate rose from $219.12 to $257.60 due to the addition of an extra student to the roster. Board member Roger Strait abstained during the roll-call vote.

The board further noted as of February 20, the district will no longer provide transportation to the New Day Charter School. Parents of the two affected students have been notified in the matter.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board again went into executive session to privately discuss a personnel matter. The session was following by adjournment.

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