2012-09-20 / Front Page

Forbes Talks Finances, Policies

By Jean Snyder


The Forbes Road School District’s board of directors dealt with a short agenda that took less than an hour for its regular meeting last Monday evening.

During a discussion on finances, the board voted to move approximately $900,000 of unassigned fund balances into assigned fund balances, with $700,000 going to debt service and the remaining $200,000 to capital project funds.

Extracurricular salaries for the 2012-13 school year were approved as presented by the athletic director.

The board also authorized upgrades to two of the district’s defibrillators in October and approved the purchase of cellphones for building administrators and the superintendent. There was one “no” vote on the cell phone purchases.

The board approved a request from Fulton County Center for Families for use of the elementary school from August 20 to the last day of school an hour before dismissal until 6 p.m. for childcare.

A request from the Girl Scouts (Daisy, Brownie and Junior) for the use of three elementary classrooms and the gym for crafts and learning activities on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. was approved.

The board approved a request from the Chambersburg Elks Lodge #600 for use of the school’s soccer fields to allow children through age 14 to participate in the Elks Local Soccer Shoot in September. Also, a request from the New Grenada Church of God to use the softball field above Lions Club Park for a game on September 30 was also approved.

Field trips were approved to: McConnellsburg for Health Career Fair on October 29 as requested by guidance; Toby’s Dinner Theater on October 25 as requested by the Drama Club; and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster on May 28, also as requested by the Drama Club.

In personnel matters, John Hanks and Garry Miller were approved as van drivers for Kristie Hohman. The resignation of Tracey Fletcher as cheerleading advisor and of Theresa Divens were both approved effective immediately.

Brittney Shaffer was hired as assistant junior high girls’ basketball coach at a salary of Year 1 on the extracurricular salary list.

Approval was given for two elementary aides to work seven-hour days instead of six-hour days.

Kathy Kendall and Jackie Brode were added to the substitute teacher list, and Tammy Nearhood was added to the substitute nurse list.

A request from Dulce Hall to replace her 2000 Chevy van with a 1997 Suburban van was tabled until next month in order to acquire state clarification of van requirements.

The board approved four policies and revisions as recommended by the Pa. School Board Association. They included Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; Disclosure of Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities; Food Allergy Management; and Purchases Subject to Bid/Quotation.

During the meeting, the board heard updates from the Vo-Tech, buildings and grounds, the elementary and high schools. School Superintendent Mark Loucks remarked, “The school year is off to a great start and the administrators and maintenance are doing a great job.”

The board held a 17-minute executive session for personnel and policy reasons, reconvened the meeting and then immediately adjourned.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m.

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