2012-10-17 / Local & State

CF Acts On Transportation Matters

Parent alleges bus driver is talking on phone
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Central Fulton School Board tended to several transportation issues last Tuesday that included hearing from a concerned mother regarding her children’s bus driver talking on a cellphone while driving.

The board unanimously entered into a contract with Snyder Bus Lines LLC, which will provide transportation for McConnellsburg welding students to the Southern Fulton School District. The contract was made effective retroactive to August 20. As the contract is shared between the county’s three school districts, Central Fulton’s share of the daily rate is recorded at $63.95.

In a follow-up motion, the board then approved a change of contract effective August 27 with Snyder Bus Lines. The change resulted from a decision by the Forbes Road School District to no longer share in the transportation costs for Route #020 to Southern Fulton. As a result, Central Fulton’s daily cost increased to $119.40.

The board also took action on the daily rate for van Route #033 contracted to Lynn Reeder. Reeder’s rate jumped from $ 145.58 to $156.55 retroactive to September 2012 as a result of adding another student on the roster to Chambersburg.

In addition, Route #016 saw an increase from $120.11 to $139.53 daily retroactive to September 17. The route contracted to Cheryl Foster will only see the increase on days when local students attend the Harrisonville Holliness Christian School.

Due to increased mileage from picking up an additional student, the daily rate for K-4 van Route #034 with Gary and Eileen Decker rose from its previous rate of $99.63 to $102.84.

Robert Golden of Warfordsburg was authorized to serve as a new bus driver retroactive to August 20. It was noted Golden’s credentials are in order.

The board heard public comment from McConnellsburg resident Heather Keefer, who aired her concerns regarding the use of cellular phones by a particular bus driver. Keefer alleged the driver has talked on the cellphone on at least three occasions while transporting her two children as well as other students. The use of the phone while driving has reportedly caused the driver to miss dropping off children at their designated spot. In addition, when the driver contacts the school on the phone to report having missed a stop, additional stops are also missed, Keefer said.

Keefer stated she has contacted the district’s transportation coordinator about the issue but was informed that when bus drivers are contacted by the school they are required to answer their phones. In addition, the route followed by Bus #6 doesn’t always allow for ample room to pull over to talk, the coordinator reportedly told Keefer.

Keefer said other parents also have other transportation concerns but weren’t able to attend the October 9 board. In particular, a student in the Long View Development is transported by van to a spot to meet their bus. The van does not wait with the student until the bus arrives, and the parent has allegedly spoken with board members about the situation, but it has not been resolved.

Board President Cory Gress informed Keefer the board would look into the situation and get back to her with an answer.

The board also heard from Class of 2013 officers Andrew Smith, MacKenzie Metz, Nikki Fleming and David Welsh regarding their request for an annual senior trip to Orlando, Fla. The trip is currently scheduled for March 8 through March 15, and the cost has been determined at $750 per student for 40 individuals. This does not include the four chaperones, the students said.

President Gress told the students to have fun, enjoy themselves and learn what they could but not allow their actions to ruin a trip for next year’s class.

As required for auditing purposes, the board confirmed a recommendation by the Fulton County Center for Families’ Board of Directors and the Early Head Start (EHS) Policy Council for the employment of Amanda Schetrompf as the EHS Family Development Specialist home visitor. The fulltime position has an accompanying salary of $20,760 with benefits. The motion was effective immediately, pending the receipt of necessary clearances.

The district entered into a sub-agreement with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU) #11 in connection with the administration of the Race to the Top federal grant funding. The board also accepted another agreement with TIU for the IDEIA allocation in the amount of $128,861.

A summarized list of 2012- 13 proposed elementary field trips was approved as presented.

The Odyssey of the Mind position for middle school students was added to the extracurricular salary scale, and in a follow-up motion teacher Amy Conner was approved as a first-year advisor with a salary of $500.

Amanda Shives was placed on the extracurricular salary scale for the 2012-13 school year at a rate of $2,595 for the position of cheerleading coach. Furthermore, Loy Garber and Tobey Brown were approved as volunteer baseball coach and volunteer elementary boys basketball coach, respectively. Brown’s placement on the scale as a volunteer coach is pending the clarification of his clearances.

The letter of resignation submitted by varsity baseball coach Timothy Fowler was accepted as presented.

Individuals added to the professional substitute list were Emily Parson, Daniel Fox, Garrett Fix, Haley Strait and Courtney Cover.

High/middle school Principal Todd Beatty along with vo-tech Director Don Burd were given permission for a two-night stay at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

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