2012-09-20 / Front Page

Northcraft Resigns As CF Head

Submits hand-written note to board
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


In an unexpected announcement last Tuesday evening, the Central Fulton School District’s top administrator tendered his resignation.

Following an 80-minute executive session to deal with personnel matters, the board emerged from closed doors at 9:47 p.m. to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft. The resignation passed unanimously on a 8-0 roll-call vote following a motion by Dr. Brent Carlson and Ryan Richards. Fellow board member Gary Shives was unable to attend the September 11 meeting.

Little is known regarding the resignation. Northcraft submitted his resignation in the form of a hand-written note simply stating his resignation would begin immediately. No indication was made in the letter as to what his future plans would entail.

In the days following his leaving Central Fulton, Northcraft told the “News” a superintendent works for the taxpayers to prove the best education with the resources available.

“It is my hope that the students at Central Fulton can someday enjoy a football program and automotive/diesel mechanics program,” he said.

“During my time at Central Fulton, I implemented a system called ‘Quality Councils’ where teachers and parents could share concerns with the administration without fear of repercussions. My wish is that Quality Councils remain in the district. This system provides transparency and allows for community members and parents to ask questions. I am a firm believer in asking a lot of questions.”

The teachers and staff at Central Fulton are great people who put kids first and for that I have great respect. Their jobs are the most important and most influential of all,” Northcraft added.

The board was slated to appoint an interim superintendent on September 18 following its athletics / committee meeting that got under way at 6:30 p.m.

In other matters, the board heard a request from advisor Ann Meyer and several FFA members for four students to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. If permitted to attend, the group will attend a career show, listen to keynote speakers, visit area farms and meet fellow FFA members from across the United States. Part of the entertainment throughout the week will include performances by McConnellsburg High School student Deanne Dickerson.

Later the board was asked to approve a summary list of middle and high school field trips for the current 2012-13 school year. Taking the district’s finances into account, board member Roger Strait questioned proposed band and chorus trips. Pointing out a Franklin/Fulton County Music Educators Association choral concert in early March at Southern Fulton, Strait compared the $840 trip to a $590 chorus trip to Curwensville, Pa., for the annual Regional Festival.

It was pointed out that the district does not ask for contributions from those groups to cover the cost of the trip even though they have their own club accounts. Northcraft added the parades and concerts have always been considered part of the school curriculum, however, the administration could look further into the issue.

The list of field trips was approved on a 7-1 roll-call vote, with Strait dissenting.

Middle school instructor Kate Carbaugh was approved to take 45 students in sixth through eighth grades to the Mt. Hope Estate on November 2. The only cost to the district will be for substitute teachers.

Fifteen fly-fishing students will travel to Cove Creek on May 10. The trip is at no cost to the district.

Denise Mellott is scheduled to take approximately 19 eighthgrade character education students to Fulton County Medical Center on September 19. The cost to the district is limited to $41.50 for transportation.

Under personnel, the board added the following individuals to the professional substitute list: Holly Falkosky, Hope Moore, Rachel Leese, Sarah Paylor and Carolyn Stermer, all of Mc- Connellsburg; Chelsea Hockenberry of Hustontown; Warfordsburg resident Brittany Douglas; and Stacie Keith from Entriken. The substitutes have completed the emergency certification process offered by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11.

Retroactive to August 20, Pamela Cutshaw of McConnellsburg was hired as a part-time paraprofessional at a rate of $7.40 per hour plus three PTO days. Meanwhile, Michele Lardiere of Wells Tannery and Heather Will, McConnellsburg, were added to the substitute paraprofessional list.

In addition, Kristen Peterson of Warfordsburg and Heidi Myers from Mercersburg were added to the professional substitute list.

Several individuals were placed on the extracurricular salary scale for the 2012-13 school year. Those receiving approval include James Jarrett, junior high soccer coach, $1,745; Kim Richards, sound room technician, $550; Erin Chafardon, varsity girls soccer volunteer; Greg Strine, choral director, $2,920; Greg Strine, band, $2,025; and Cathy Richards, band, $270. Board member Ryan Richards abstained during the roll-call vote.

A letter was accepted from attorneys

Schall and Bard requesting a waive of real estate taxes on the property owned by the late Lurea Carbaugh.

Another letter submitted by Junior and Ellen Swope was accepted by the board. The Swopes were asking to replace their 2001 bus used on Route #10 with a new bus during the current school year.

Furthermore, Lynda Strait was granted authorization to replace her 2007 bus used on bus Route #2 with a new 2014 bus during the 2012-13 school year.

A list of proposed transportation daily rates as well as drivers and substitutes was approved as presented.

Rounding out the meeting, board members had a brief discussion on new nutrition guidelines regarding student meals. Concerns were raised by board member Hollie Garlock on rising lunch prices versus decreasing portion sizes and extra servings.

Superintendent Northcraft noted the new regulations require the district to offer more vegetables and fruits in comparison to starches. As a result, the number of offerings in those categories have expanded.

Board member Richards also broached the topic of the limited time available for students to eat. No action was taken regarding the school meals.

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