CFSB Makes Last-Minute Personnel Decisions
With the clock quickly ticking down to the first day of school on August 20, members of the Central Fulton School Board convened last Tuesday to give a nod of approval to several personnelrelated decisions.
Retroactive to July 13, a letter of resignation was accepted as submitted by business manager Jolinda Wilson. Wilson has since accepted a similar position in a Franklin County school district and will be replaced here by Kendra Reese of Clear Spring, Md. Reese’s initial salary was set at $62,500, excluding benefits.
The roll-call vote to hire Reese passed 6-1. Board member Chris Hann was the lone dissenting vote, while fellow members Hollie Garlock and Ryan Richards were unable to attend the August 14 meeting.
The board also supported the Personnel Committee’s hiring of Anjuli Calhoun of Stevens, Pa., who will assume the roll of family and consumer science teacher. Calhoun was in attendance at the meeting and will be accepting the position on a temporary professional contract. Her salary was established at $41,253 plus benefits.
The board went on to confirm the hiring of Chambersburg resident Ross Winegardner as English teacher. Winegardner’s salary was set at $45,179.
Teachers Craig Elbin and Todd Grissinger were each authorized to receive a stipend of $2,000 to serve as deans of students. Elbin’s duties are slated to occur during the first period of the day, while Grissinger is slated to work as dean of students during eighth period.
Several individuals were placed on the extracurricular salary scale for 2012-13. Among those receiving approval were Heather Walker- Strait and Summer Weise, yearbook advisors, $1,422.50 each; Heidi McMath, girls intramural basketball volunteer assistant; Amy Conner, Odyssey of the Mind, $1,245; Cory Houck, varsity boys soccer coach, $2,595; and Chris Mellott, junior varsity boys soccer coach, $2,045.
The following individuals were added to the professional substitute list with all of their required clearances in order: Brittany Buterbaugh, Harrisonville; Jill Mellott, Needmore; Jeaneen Alleman, Chambersburg; Mikala Duffield, Greencastle; Ashley Estep and Nicholas Wingert, both of Mercersburg.
In addition, McConnellsburg residents Candie Diffenderfer and Tasha Knepper were added to the supportive substitute list. Knepper was added pending the district’s receipt of clearances.
High school teacher Joni Dunkle was granted a leave of absence through the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The board tabled taking action on a memorandum of understanding between the district and Alleghany College of Maryland.
Four slots for alternative education were purchased by the board from Manito for the 2012-13 school year at a total cost of $60,000.
On a unanimous roll-call vote, the board accepted the new 5K and first-grade reading materials from the McGraw Hill School Education Group. According to the August 14 meeting agenda, the materials include student textbooks, teacher editions, supplemental materials, decodable readers, leveled readers and online technology as part of the 2011 Reading Anthology Edition entitled “Treasures.”
Furthermore, approximately 90 copies of six students books were purchased for first-grade students. Textbooks are not included at the 5K level. Professional devel- opment for using the materials was provided to staff by a Mc- Graw Hill trainer on July 31, it was noted.
Teacher Kate Carbaugh was granted authorization to take 35 to 40 middle school students to Mount Vernon on October 27. The trip will be taken at no cost to the district.
A request for three children to miss 10 days of school for a family, educational trip was given a nod of approval.
Ten policies were revised as presented to the board. The policies deal with a range of topics, including service animals in schools, evaluation of requests by students or employees, extracurricular activities, interscholastic athletics and concussion management.
Additional policies outlining the district’s use of acceptable electronic devices were approved as proposed.
Meanwhile, a request to temporarily suspend the district’s policy on drug testing for extracurricular activities, including athletics and student driving, failed to garner enough votes. Board members Dr. Brent Carlson and Gary Shives proposed the suspension of Policy 227.1 until a later date. However, the motion failed to pass on a 3-4 roll-call vote. Those voting in favor of the policy suspension were Carlson, Shives and board President Cory Gress.