2012-05-17 / Local & State

Personnel Matters Top Forbes Agenda

Mark Loucks named acting superintendent until July 1
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School District’s board of directors held a regular meeting last Monday evening and dealt mostly with personnel matters.

A motion recommended to approve a compressed summer work week policy for all 12-month employees failed to pass, but all other personnel motions were approved. They included the approval of Mindy Horne as the PIMS/CAD (Pennsylvania Information Management System)/ (Child Accounting Data) coordinator using the PIMS & CAD contract for services.

Megan Skillings was named as coordinator for the online Odyssey Program at an annual supplemental contract of approximately $3,600.

Approval was given to hire Terri Grissinger as a learning support teacher/supervisor at $38,875 effective July 1, 2012, and Aaron Burke as a learning support teacher at $32,250 also effective July 1, 2012.

The board approved a motion to retain Chanin Rotz-Mountz as school board treasurer for the 2012-13 school year, and the board retained F&M Trust Co. as school depository for the 2012-13 school year.

The board agreed to retain Andrews & Beard as school solicitor at $125/hour for regular solicitor work and $155/hour for specialized work (labor, special ed, etc.).

The board also approved a motion to name Mark Loucks as acting superintendent effective May 1, 2012. This was a followup to the board’s hiring of Loucks as superintendent to replace Fred Foster, who resigned in April. At the time of his hiring, he was given a three-year contract that begins on July 1, 2012. However, he continues as the elementary principal at Claysburg- Kimmel through this school year. He has agreed to transition to his new position on a part-time basis this month and now has been given the title of acting superintendent prior to assuming the superintendent’s position in July. In a related matter, the board also approved the change of signatures on a CD from Fred Foster to Mark Loucks and Glenda Wolford effective May 7, 2012, and to change the signatures on the payroll account from Fred Foster to Teressa Bard and Glenda Wolford effective the same date.

Finally, under personnel items, the board agreed to approve a rate increase for substitute cafeteria and custodial workers from minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.

The board agreed to retain Tri-State Community Health Center to conduct school physicals at $8 per physical exam and $20 for sports physicals.

Forbes Road alumnus Dr. Jamie Hall was retained as school dentist at gratis per dental exam for the 2012-13 school year.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, the board agreed to approve the tentative budget of the Fulton County AVTS for $835,149 for fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The board also approved the tentative budget of the Forbes Road School District for $6,899,313 for the fiscal year July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

The board also approved the sale of 22 laptops and three very old Windows laptops.

During miscellaneous business, the board approved the final 2012-13 school calendar and approved the potential list of graduates as presented pending completion of state and local graduation requirements.

The board adopted a resolution releasing four school districts as authorizers of New Day Charter School effective June 30, 2013. None of the four districts are located where the charter school has locations nor are the districts within a radius that would require the district to transport to the sites of the charter school in Huntingdon or Mifflintown.

The board approved eight requests for building use that include: use of high school Room 203 for the purpose of holding meetings for the Fulton County Basketball Chapter of PIAA officials; use of the high school auditorium for a “Back to School” prayer night on August 19, 2012, at 7 p.m.; approved the boys basketball team to use the gym and weight room on Mondays and Wednesdays during the months of June and July as scheduled by the athletic director; approved a request from Forbes Road youth baseball and softball to use the high school baseball field for the Pony and Teener leagues as scheduled by the athletic director and field care reviewed with the maintenance department; and approved a request to use the soccer field during June, July and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays for recreation/pickup soccer prior to the start of the season.

The board approved a request from Heidi McMath for use of the high school gym to conduct an elementary basketball camp from June 11 through June 14 and approved a request from Cynthia Robinette for use of the elementary music room for one or two days each week from June 11, 2012, through the first day of school in August for summer piano lessons. The board also approved a request to continue the Tuesday morning prayer meetings from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the auditorium for the 2012-13 school year.

In addition to the agenda items, the board also heard updates from Fred Foster on the district, from Christina Ramsey on the junior-senior high school, from Paul Swope on the elementary school, from John Mixell on building and grounds, and from Teressa Bard, Byron Helsel and Karen Peffer on the vo-tech school.

The board meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the school. The next regular meeting is scheduled for June 4, 2012.

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