2013-07-04 / Front Page

SF Handles Personnel Appointments

Adopts budget for 2013-14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Southern Fulton School District Board of Directors convened last Tuesday evening to handle an agenda heavily laden with personnel matters and financial issues, which included final adoption of the 2013-14 budget and establishment of real estate taxes.

Under the agenda category of personnel, letters of resignation submitted by math teacher Stephanie Hartman and elementary teacher Ashley Myers were accepted with regret by the board. Hartman’s resignation is slated effective August 18, and Myers resignation was accepted retroactive to the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year.

Bobbie Jo Peck and Deneen Fogal were hired to serve as a fulltime cafeteria workers. Peck is slated to receive an hourly wage of $10.10, and Fogal’s salary was set at $11.55 per hour. The motions are effective July 1 and in accordance with the district’s collective bargaining agreement.

Meanwhile, Carolyn Mottern was appointed to the position of assistant soccer coach for the upcoming 2013-14 school year as recommended by the district athletic director. In addition, Mottern, along with Tammy Ifert and Deanne Baker, will serve in the capacity of game manager next year.

Other individuals appointed last Tuesday to extracurricular coaching and advisory positions were:

 Kent Hendershot, athletic director

 Karen Smartt, band front advisor

 Jessica Large, volunteer color guard advisor

 Debra Hixon, cheerleading advisor

 Jaime Barnard, volunteer assistant cheerleading advisor

 Charles Conley, junior high assistant baseball coach

 Dave Gordon, junior high head baseball coach

 Van Duncan, assistant baseball coach

 Dustin Fischer, head baseball coach

 Dennis Douglas, volunteer baseball coach

 Jeremy Clingerman, junior high boys assistant basketball coach

 Terry Wertz, junior high boys head basketball coach

 Derek Younker, junior high boys volunteer basketball coach

 Keith Potter, boys assistant basketball coach

 Kent Hendershot, boys head basketball coach

 Brian Mottern, junior high girls head basketball coach

 Amy Fischer, junior high girls volunteer basketball coach

 Terry Bard, girls head basketball coach

 Mark Mellott, girls assistant basketball coach

 Joe Hollenshead, head crosscountry coach

 Heather Hollenshead, volunteer cross-country coach

 Heather Gordon, Connie Mellott, Terry Shade, Wendy Ritz, Linda Scriever, Angela Booth, Heather Hollenshead, game managers

 Scott Varner, head soccer coach

 Jim Minteer, junior high head soccer coach

 Brian Mottern, junior high assistant softball coach

 Melissa Mackel, junior high head softball coach

 Stacy Smith, head softball coach

 Craig Elbin, volunteer softball coach

 Courtney Trainor, volunteer softball coach

 Chris Palmer, volunteer track and field coach

 Michael Merchant, assistant track and field coach

 Heather and Joe Hollenshead, assistant track and field coaches

 Heather Gordon, head track and field coach

 Candace Bard, junior high head volleyball coach

 Natasha Souders, junior high assistant volleyball coach

 Julie Dickerhoff, head volleyball coach

 Stacy Smith, assistant volleyball coach

 Jeremy Clingerman, elementary boys basketball coach

 Justin Sholes, volunteer boys assistant elementary basketball coach

 Joe Hollenshead, elementary girls basketball coach

 Judith Schriver, Scholastic Scrimmage advisor

 Dan Meredith, stage director

 Justin Sholes, play advisor

 Morgan Mills, play advisor assistant

 Kristen Palmer, volunteer assistant play advisor

 Carolyn Mottern, prom director

 Benjamin Arnold, instrumental music

 Justin Sholes, Honor Society advisor

 Carolyn Mottern, yearbook advisor

It was made known that the position of junior high girls assistant basketball coach is the only vacancy at this time.

In three separate motions, the board approved Kelly Morton to serve as a game manager for the upcoming school year, Lauren Mosemann as junior high assistant soccer coach and Stephanie Mills as varsity assistant softball coach. The motions carried on a 7- 0-1 roll-call vote. Board member Sam Souders was unable to attend the June 25 meeting. Allen Morton abstained from voting on hiring his wife, Kelly, as game manager, as well as his sister-inlaw, Stephanie Mills, for coach. Meanwhile, fellow member Mark Mosemann refrained from voting on the employment of his wife, Lauren.

Pending the completion and submission of necessary paperwork, an extensive list of substitute teachers, teacher aide substitutes, secretary substitutes, custodian substitutes and nurse substitutes was approved. Board member Eric Barnhart refrained from voting on the list as custodian substitute, LeeAnn Barnhart, is his stepmother.

Furthermore, in a separate motion, G. Jean Morton was added to the substitute secretary list for 2013-14. Board President Morton again abstained from voting during the roll-call vote due to Jean Morton being his mother.

Advertising is slated to get under way for the hiring of two elementary teachers and an elementary custodian for 2013-14.

An unpaid leave of absence was authorized for fourth-grade teacher Herbert Brambley. The leave, without benefits, is slated to begin November 15 and run through April 1, 2014.

Furthermore, a medical leave of absence retroactive to June 21 through September 16 was granted for junior/senior high school secretary Anita Hollenshead. She will be using a combination of sick days and unpaid leave during that time.


The board announced the final adoption of the budget for the 2013-14 school year with expenditures listed at $11,945,461. Board member Danny Crouse voted against the adoption on a 7-1 rollcall vote as well as on a follow-up motion to set taxes. Real estate taxes for next year are set to rise .5606 mill to 23.9219 mills. Section 679 and Act 511 per-capita taxes will remain at $5 each, and earned income and real estate transfer taxes will stay at 1 percent. Penalties are at a maximum level of 10.

In what is an annual motion, the board agreed to move any unused, unassigned fund balance on June 30 to a committed fund balance. The amount will be determined at the completion of the 2012-13 fiscal year audit. The committed fund balance is used for future payment of bond principal as well as interest payments and increases in health insurance and retirement rates.

Occupational services, specifically OTR/L and COTA/L will again be provided by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11. Cost of services hinges on the number of students requiring assistance.

Extended Family Program will serve as the district’s alternative education provider for 2013-14 as presented to and approved by the board.

Dr. Phillip Breen and/or Tri- State Community Heath Center will serve as school doctor at a rate of $8 per physical examination.

Approval was granted for Plan Con Part F, which authorizes the district to receive bids and enter into construction contracts. In conjunction, the board announced a special meeting will be held Tuesday, August 6, beginning at 7 p.m. to accept the bids for the junior/senior high school renovation and the elementary entrance projects. Crouse voted against approving Plan Con Part F as well as advertising for bids for the high school renovation.

Bids for the district’s activity run were reviewed and ended with the board unanimously awarding the contract to Weaver Busing at a rate of $1.92 per mile.

The board moved forward on a quote submitted by Precision Sports Surfaces for resurfacing of the field event areas of the high school track. The company is slated to perform the work for a cost of $8,000.

A proposal from the Strickler Agency for student accident and athletic insurance for the 2013-14 school year was accepted as presented. The plan includes a $100 primary access, and coverage with a $1 million benefit maximum over a two-year period. The premium in connection with the insurance is approximately $2,200.


Changes were approved as recommended to the board for the 2013-14 elementary and high school student handbooks.

The second reading of a total 36 school policies were approved as presented. The topic of the policies ranged from community involvement to operations and property.

Building and grounds

Laurel Life is scheduled to use the elementary guidance counselors office once or twice weekly during the summer between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the purpose of providing schoolbased counseling services.

The elementary basketball program is set to use the elementary gym, as it is available, for practice and travel team games between the months of October 2013 and February 2014.

Lowell Bard was granted permission to use the high school soccer field up to two days weekly for “soccer enhancement training” for students enrolled in grades nine through 12. The times and dates will be scheduled around school usage between August 1 and October 15.


Class of 2013 valedictorian Sean Bright was formally recognized as having served as the student representative to the board during the 2013-14 school year.

Special education director Diane Younker publicly congratulated Tammy Palmer for receiving a para-educator of the year award from Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11.

County Commissioner Rodney McCray discussed the possibility of establishing a Keystone Opportunity Zone in the southern end of Fulton County near the intersection of Buck Valley and Great Cove roads. The program provides tax benefits to new industries relocating within the boundary of the KOZ.

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