2013-03-21 / Local & State

Central Fulton Handles Routine Personnel Items

Offers retirement incentive
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Central Fulton School Board convened last Tuesday evening to attend to various personnel items that included offering longtime teachers a retirement incentive.

On a 7-0 roll-call vote, the board unanimously agreed to offer a retirement incentive to its teaching staff, with employees required to respond in writing of their intent to retire at the end of the school year no later than Monday, April 3. Board members Dr. Brent Carlson and Gary Shives were unable to attend the March 12 meeting.

The incentive offers a bonus of $3,000 for individuals who have accumulated over 20 years of service. Additional bonuses of $3,500 and $4,000 are offered to teachers having 25 and 30 years of service, respectively.

The board went on to approve a request from English teacher Tim Fowler to take a medical leave of absence using both personal and sick time through April 25. The leave of absence will then be followed by a medical sabbatical leave.

In the meantime, Heather Lee of Dry Run will be serving as an extended substitute for Fowler retroactive to January 25. Lee’s daily rate was accordingly set at $110.

Special education teacher Susan Harclerode was given permission to undergo a family medical leave of absence retroactive to March 4 using her accumulated sick and personal time through March 22. The leave, it was noted, may require extending to March 29.

In addition, Olivia Swadley, LPN will be taking an unpaid maternity leave beginning April 8 and extending through the end of the school year.

A resignation was accepted by the board as submitted by varsity girls basketball coach Dave Garland. The resignation is effective immediately.

Several individuals were placed on the 2012-13 extracurricular activity salary scale as recommended to the board. Those named were junior high softball coach Denny Swope Jr., $2,095; second assistant track coach Jeremy Hollinshead, $1,845; boys head track coach Josh Strait, $3,470; boys first assistant coach Todd Grissinger, $2,620; and baseball volunteer coaches Russell Miller and Garry Miller.

Heather Walker-Strait will be serving as the extended school year instructor at a rate of $25.50 per hour. A paraprofessional will also be named to assist at an hourly rate of $9.50.

Under academics, a nod of approval was given to the upcoming 2013-14 school calendar.

Amy Conner was granted permission to take middle and high school Odyssey of the Mind teams to Hollidaysburg Area High School for a competition. The only cost to the district will be for transportation.

Sixth-grade students are now scheduled to visit the Smithsonian Institute during May in exchange for a previously approved field trip to Camp Sinoquipe. All costs will be covered by the class.

Junior and senior students were set to visit Shippensburg University on March 18 to visit the campus and explore various postsecondary options.

A memorandum of understanding was entered into with Allegany College of Maryland, which will be offering college courses to area residents on the Central Fulton School District campus.

A revision was made to a contract penned with Lynn C. Reeder, who operates life skills van Route #036. The daily rate dropped from $101.89 to $98.43 retroactive to February 4 due to a student withdrawing from the program. Without that particular student requiring transport, the district can eliminate a double run.

The contract was also revised to say the rate will decrease from $149.87 to $146.41 on days when an additional life skills student rides to school on a revised schedule.

Bus Route #010 belonging to Junior and Ellen Swope saw an increase in the daily rate from $204.96 to $221.96 retroactive to February 27. It was noted the change was due to a new bus being placed on the route.

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