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CF Reorganizes Last Tuesday

Cory Gress to continue as school board president
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Cory Gress and Dr. Brent Carlson will continue to oversee the business of the Central Fulton School District after being reelected last Tuesday to serve as school board president and vice president.

As part of their annual reorganization meeting on December 4, Carlson will also move forward in the capacity of joint operating committee member for the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School. Carlson’s newest threeyear term of office will conclude at the end of 2015. Alternates serving on the JOC are Cory Gress and Ryan Richards.

In addition, Hollie Garlock and Gary Shives will remain in their respective positions of Pennsylvania School Board Association liaison and with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. A vote was not required to allow the duo to continue with their board representation.

Both Garlock and Shives were unable to attend the December 4 reorganization, which was followed by the board’s regular monthly meeting. In moving on to regular business, the board and administration recognized several teachers, including Michelle Eichelberger, Brad Dickerson, Heather Strait and Shippensburg University teachers of the year Summer Weise and Lori Mellott.

A request to submit the Early Head Start five-year designation renewal, non-competitive award was approved as was the submission of the organization’s refunding application. The document includes $371,803 for base program funding and an additional $9,295 for training and technical assistance.

Five individuals were placed on the extracurricular salary scale for the current 2012-13 school year. Among those receiving approval for placement were varsity boys basketball volunteer Jeffrey Ritchey; varsity girls basketball volunteer Robert Paruch; elementary girls travelling team volunteer Alicia Mellott; junior high baseball coach Brian Ramsey, $1,730; and sound-room technician Jason Carbaugh, $500.

Valerie Alexander was given permission to take students enrolled in third, fourth and fifth grades to the Kerper Tract in Big Cove Tannery on April 23 and April 24. The trip will be taken at no cost to the district.

John Heuston of McConnellsburg was added to the professional substitute list as was Dry Run resident Heather Lee. The motion to add Lee is pending the receipt of her FBI clearances.

District and board secretary Kimberly Richards will be stepping down from her positions effective December 14. In a letter of resignation, Richards announced she has accepted an administrative assistant position at Mercersburg Academy.

Effective July 1, 2013, Sandy Deck Transportation will be transferring all of its transportation routes to Gary K. and Eileen Decker for the 2013-14 school year and thereafter as needed.

The request to dissolve Sandy Deck was approved unanimously as was a decrease in the daily rate of Route #033 contracted with Lynn Reeder. The rate will drop from $189.20 to $145.58 retroactive to November 14 as a result of reduced mileage from a student being taken off the route.

Meanwhile, a daily rate increase was approved for bus Route #7 with Gary and Eileen Decker, who will see their rate jump from $213.20 to $230.61. The change in pay will begin retroactive to November 4 from the bus needing to navigate Possum Hollow Road.

An executive session was also held last Tuesday to discuss personnel matters.

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