2013-02-28 / Local & State

SF Handles Regular Agenda Items

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Southern Fulton School Board made quick work of its monthly agenda last Tuesday evening, handling personnel issues and building and ground usage.

Under personnel, the board approved an unpaid leave of absence for high school math teacher Wendy Ritz. Ritz’s leave through the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 began retroactive to February 12 and will conclude March 20.

District secretary Anita Munson was granted permission to obtain her Pennsylvania notary license to be used only for district business. The district is slated to pay $520.95 to help Munson obtain the license.

Brian Strait was hired as the district’s varsity soccer coach for the upcoming 2013-14 school year pending the completion of necessary paperwork. Others receiving a nod of approval pending the completion of paperwork were assistant track and field coach Paul Norris, junior high assistant volleyball coach Natasha Souders, assistant play advisor Morgan Mills and volunteer assistant play advisors Kristin Palmer and Nicole Shank.

Foreign exchange student Ana Flavia Cordeiro was granted permission to attend the junior/senior high school for the remainder of the current school year. The action was made retroactive to February 6.

Approval was given for the annual mobile dentist program to again visit Southern Fulton next year at no cost to the district.

Keystone placards were presented to special education director Diane Younker and high school Principal Meredith Hendershot, recognizing the achievement of students in both buildings in making adequate yearly progress in PSSA testing for two consecutive years.

A one-year extension was granted on a contract between D&K Transportation and the district for activities transportation services. D&K will provide the services using its existing rates of $2.30 per mile and an $8 hourly layover.

As recommended, the board accepted a medical and health insurance trust agreement for the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit Capital Insurance Trust. According to the document, the purpose of the trust is to allow members to economically obtain health insurance coverage; reduce price fluctuations; and assist members in obtaining access to information as to availability, quality and costs of obtaining coverage.

The first reading of 30 different policies dealing with an array of topics, primarily in regard to administrative employees, was approved. In addition, in a follow-up motion, a second reading of another 31 policies was approved for issues such as pupils, programs and finances.

Southern Fulton is slated to host the Franklin-Fulton County Music Educators Association chorus festival on March 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The group is permitted to use the auditorium, cafeteria, music room and gym at the high school.

Nancy Szwydek was given permission to utilize the front entrance, cafeteria, restrooms and track area on Saturday, April 20, from 6 a.m. until noon for the annual Szwydek Memorial 5K run/walk.

Warfordsburg Area Youth Soccer will be using any fields available at the high school between March 15 and June 10 as well as from August 10 through October 31 from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Use will be scheduled by the athletic director in consultation with the building and grounds supervisor.

Building and grounds usage was also approved for basketball recreation and for a bus training.

The board continued talks about its storage options for old documents currently being kept in the old elementary school. In connection with the discussion, board member Danny Crouse questioned whether the district would be selling the two sea containers that were proposed for purchase last Tuesday night or keeping for future storage needs. The feasibility of erecting a pole building was also mentioned.

Building and grounds supervisor John Bain stated he did not know if such a building project would fit into the summer time schedule.

Fellow board member Patrick Bard talked about keeping a part of the old elementary once Phantom Fireworks removes the asbestos. He added a plethora of ideas on usage of the old building have been tossed around.

Superintendent Hervey Hann said he would check with Phantom Fireworks, while Bain said he would confirm whether the building is water tight and what type of security system would be needed.

In the meantime, the board moved forward with obtaining two sea containers at the per-container cost of $3,510.

During public comment, the board heard from David Smith, who mentioned a recent article in the “News” where the Forbes Road School District requested deferred funding from the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School. It was noted Southern Fulton had used deferred revenue in prior years.

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