2012-08-02 / Local & State

S. Fulton Fills Multiple Vacancies

Seeking bids for use of old elementary
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Southern Fulton School Board opened up its meeting in much the same way it ended last Tuesday night – with an executive session. The board and administration met behind closed doors for the initial 40 minutes of the July 24 meeting to discuss student and personnel-related matters as well as an additional 35 minutes at the end to further discuss filling several staff vacancies.

Upon reconvening, the board unanimously hired Laura Northcraft as an elementary teacher on a 8-0 roll-call vote. Board member Sam Souders was unable to attend the monthly meeting. Northcraft’s salary was set at $41,437.

The board also hired Jamie Shaw and Michelle Trail as elementary teachers with a starting salary of $40,423. Board member Danny Crouse voted against the hiring of Trail.

In a follow-up motion that passed on a 7-1 roll-call vote, with Crouse again dissenting, the board agreed to begin advertising for an elementary aide position for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

Julianna Grubb was hired by the board to serve in the capacity of speech and language pathologist at a rate of $43,362 in accordance with the professional staff contract.

On a 7-1 roll-call vote, Keith Potter was appointed to serve as boys assistant basketball coach. Potter was recommended to the board by the district’s athletic director. Dale Sigel voted against Potter’s employment

In addition, Heather Kauffman will be filling the position of junior high assistant soccer coach.

Pending the completion of paperwork, Jill Mellott and Stephanie Mills will be brought on board as a substitute teacher and substitute custodian, respectively. Crouse and Sigel voted against the matter.

It was with regret that the board accepted letters of resignation submitted by elementary Life Skills teacher Aaron Harris, assistant varsity soccer coach Leah Eslinger and technology education teacher Andrew Pepple. Crouse was the lone board member to cast a dissenting vote.

The board in turn agreed to advertise for the vacant positions of elementary Life Skills teacher and assistant varsity soccer coach. Both Crouse and Sigel dissented.

Linda Bolden and Patty Keefer received authorization to attend the National Autism Conference scheduled for July 30 through August 2 at Penn State. Cost for their participation will be covered by Title 2 funding.

After several months of meeting with representatives from Phantom Fireworks in closed session, the board approved a motion for “the property at 12901 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg (old elementary school) to be advertised for public bid regarding disposition or use of property.” According to reports, the district is currently open to selling, leasing or renting the old school facility.

A motion was tabled to accept an AIA architectural agreement with Crabtee, Rohrbaugh and Associates for the proposed renovation at the junior/senior high school. The document was tabled, it was noted, in order for the administration to speak further with the school’s solicitor.

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