2013-01-23 / Local & State

Southern Fulton Board Handles Personnel Issues

Accepts proposal for asbestos abatement
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Southern Fulton School Board’s agenda was laden with personnel, policy and contractual matters last Tuesday when directors and administrators convened for their monthly meeting.

The board addressed a pair of resignations that had been previously tendered. They included that of assistant play director Anita Hollenshead and junior high assistant volleyball coach Jessica Hull. Both resignations were accepted with regret on a 8-0 roll-call vote. Board member Sam Souders was unable to attend the January 15 meeting.

Advertising is slated to begin for both vacant positions for the upcoming 2013- 14 school year.

In a follow-up motion, Justin Sholes was appointed to the position of play director for the 2013-14 school year as per the professional staff contract. Sholes was also brought on as a volunteer assistant elementary boys basketball coach.

Sean Scanlon, Laura Gough and Erin Lane were added to the district’s professional substitute list.

Under policy, the board gave a nod of approval to the first reading of 31 different policies. The policies ranged in topic from philosophy of education and pupil withdrawal from school to student food allergy management.

The physics and ag mechanics class is scheduled to attend an engineering options program offered by the National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap on February 4. The trip will be paid for by the National Guard.

On a 7-1 roll-call vote, the board entered into a contract with Allegheny Mountain Research Inc. of Shanksville for the junior/ senior high asbestos abatement project scheduled for this summer. Board member Danny Crouse voted against the proposal.

The project, according to the contract specifications, will span a total of four phases such as facility review and abatement recommendations; development of abatement plans and technical specifications; asbestos bid phase services along with a pre-bid meeting site visit; asbestos project daily oversight and air monitoring. Each phase carries a different price tag, with the final phase costing $450 daily plus sample analysis fees.

The board also gave approval for Generations Environmental Consulting LLC from Chambersburg, Pa. to conduct a Right-To-Know chemical inventory within the district’s facilities. The annual update is slated to cost $2,450 plus an additional $150 per update manuals.

The board tabled taking action on the activities transportation, which, according to reports, must be rebid or renewed by the end of February. It was noted the current contract does an “excellent job” of maintaining the appropriate documents and keeping the administration informed.

As part of its meeting, the board held two brief executive sessions to discuss personnel issues.

The board will be meeting again on February 5 for a work session in the high school library at 7 p.m. The purpose of the non-voting meeting will be to review the proposed renovation project and come up with final recommendations.

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