2012-07-26 / Front Page

Personnel Issues Top FR Agenda

By Jean Snyder


The Forbes Road School District’s board of directors held a lengthy meeting last Tuesday evening that began with a nearly one-hour executive session for personnel reasons. Later in the evening during the regular meeting, the following personnel decisions were announced: the resignation of Aaron Burke as senior high learning support teacher was accepted, and Brittney Shaffer was hired to fill the position at a salary of $32,250; the resignation of Aaron Burke as varsity girls basketball coach was also accepted, and Stacy Horne was hired to fill the position at $2,600; the resignation of Danielle Berkstresser as girls junior varsity basketball coach was accepted, and Andrew Ditty was hired to fill the position at $2,300; the resignation of Stacy Gelvin as junior high girls assistant basketball coach was accepted, and she was hired as head girls junior high basketball coach at $1,700; the board accepted the resignation of Heidi McMath as elementary girls’ basketball coach; Joshua Wakefield was hired as technology director at $46,500 effective immediately with his salary being pro-rated on a daily basis; no action was taken on adding Betty Oakman as a part-time cafeteria employee; and the board approved the transfer of 25 sick days for Terri Grissinger from the Huntingdon Area School District.

The board was also presented with the administration and support staff salary raises, and those were approved on a roll-call vote with one “no” vote cast by Rheon Gelvin.

During financial discussions, the board voted to forgive the cafeteria account payroll reimbursement for $13,485.84 for the 2011-12 school year.

The board voted to continue with salary steps 1-5 based on the 2008-2009 schedule and to continue with increments of $100 for varsity coaches beyond year five and $50 increments for sub varsity positions for coaches beyond year five.

A motion was approved to increase the varsity and junior high basketball timekeeper’s stipend by $1 for year one, $2 for year two and $3 for year three for a total increase of $5 per event over the three-year agreement. In a related matter, the board also voted to increase the stipend for ticket takers at basketball games by paying the ticket taker $20 per event and to also donate $100 to the National Honor Society for the junior high games.

Miscellaneous items discussed included the approval of a fieldtrip request for learning support to The Great Insect Fair at State College on September 24, 2012, at no cost to the district.

The 2012-2013 elementary and high school field trips schedules were approved as presented.

Approval was granted to the New Grenada Church of God for the use of the ballfield beside Lions Club Park for a softball game in conjunction with a pig roast at the park.

A request from Carol and Kenzie Shoemaker to use the Madden Lab for song and dance camp for the weeks of July 30 and August 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily was approved.

Approval was also given for the Class of 2014 to host the 2013 Junior/ Senior Prom at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle.

Revised policies regarding extracurricular activities, interscholastic athletics, concussion management, student records and supplemental discipline records were presented and approved as recommended by PSBA. The fifth-grade science/health curriculum addendum was also approved as presented.

Also during the meeting, reports and updates were given for the Vo-Tech, the building and grounds, the elementary school, the high school and for the district.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

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