2012-03-15 / Front Page

Forbes Accepts Foster’s Resignation

Adopts resolution to oppose tuition vouchers
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School District board of directors held a regular meeting last Monday evening and acted on personnel requests and passed a resolution opposing tuition vouchers.

The board accepted Superintendent Fred Foster’s resignation from his position effective April 30, 2012. Teressa Bard, board president, told the “News” this week that the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit is in the process of advertising for the position and that a few applications have been received. Bard said once the applications have been received, the board will then conduct interviews for the position that will become vacant at the end of April. She conceded that it will be difficult to fill the position yet this school year, and said that the board is in discussions regarding the possibility of naming an interim person to be in charge until a new superintendent is hired. She said the board will meet within the next two weeks to further discuss applications and hiring.

Personnel items approved during the board meeting included: Willie Sipes was added as a substitute van driver for Dulce Hall; Leslee Proper was added to the teacher substitute list; Whitney Knepper was added to the teacher aide substitute list; Erica Stinson was added to the custodial and cafeteria substitute list pending clearances; and Ben Young was approved as head soccer coach on the first-year extracurricular salary scale.

The board accepted the resignations of Heidi O’Neal as junior high school girls basketball coach and Robin Whitsel as special education/ learning support teacher effective April 20, 2012.

Also during personnel discussions, the board agreed to allow teachers the option to convert unused personal days to sick days at a maximum of five contingent upon the union’s agreeing to those terms with a memo of agreement.

The board conducted a 25- minute executive session for personnel reasons.

Since January 2011, there’s been an effort in the General Assembly to advance state legislation designed to provide students across the state with a taxpayerfunded tuition voucher to attend the public, private or parochial school of their choice. Although the General Assembly was not able to agree on a voucher program, a voucher bill is slated as a priority this fall, and the discussion now revolves around several bills that offer variations of the original bill, Senate Bill 1. The Forbes Road board formally went on record opposing the vouchers through the adoption of a resolution.

During a financial discussion, the board voted to approve the 2011 per-capita and occupation tax exoneration list as presented.

Under miscellaneous items, the board approved homebound instruction for a student upon doctor recommendation; approved a request from Fulton County Conservation District to use the library or auditorium for an education class for farmers; and approved the removal of the center first row of seats in the auditorium; one board member voted “not” on the removal of the seats.

Field trip requests approved included: fifth-grade Chorus Fest to Penns Valley Area School District on March 30; Red Birds to Stoner’s Dairy Farm on April 25; Class of 2012 to Massanutten Indoor Water Park, Inner Harbor and Six Flags Theme Park all in March or April. The list of chaperones for the New York City class trip was approved as presented.

Various school updates were presented by Christina Ramsey, principal for the high school, and by Paul Swope, principal for the elementary school.

Ramsey reported that a student, Olivia Mills, will sing the national anthem at the 2011-12 PIAA Basketball Championships at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, March 23, for the AA girls at noon and at 2:30 p.m. for the A boys. She also said that basketball honors for the 2011-12 season went to: Tristan Gelvin, First Team ICC South All-Stars and Second Team Sideling Hill League All-Stars; and to Shayla Carmack for honorable mention in Sideling Hill League All-Stars.

Ramsey also announced that Mr. Gelvin’s homeroom raised more than $200 Pennies For Patients – National Honor Society. Upcoming events announced include: March 13, 14, 15, math and reading PSSA testing; and report cards go out on March 23.

Swope reported on elementary school activities, including a drug and alcohol prevention presentation, Red Birds and kindergarten registration; a presentation by The First National Bank of Mercersburg on the importance of saving money to all grades kindergarten through sixth on March 15; a poison prevention assembly on March 19; and a scholastic book fair and Bingo for Books during the week of March 19.

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