2013-08-15 / Local & State

Forbes Road Board Makes Back-to-School Decisions

Personnel matters dominate agenda
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School Board held a regular meeting last Monday evening and discussed various back-to-school matters including personnel. Prior to last Monday’s meeting, the board met in executive session for personnel reasons on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, for one hour. The board held another executive session for personnel reasons during last Monday evening’s board meeting for approximately 40 minutes.

Personnel items included: Betty Oakman was approved, pending clearances, to drive bus for Rick and Anita Bolinger; Katie Bowser was hired as assistant girls junior high basketball coach, pending clearances, at a year one salary of $1,200; Josh Wakefield was hired for the position of PIMS coordinator on a supplemental 12-month contract for $3,500; named Randy Gelvin as dean of high school students for the 2013-14 school year; issued supplemental contracts for elementary and high school deans of students for $3,500 for 185 days each; accepted the list of support staff substitutes as presented: accepted the list of teachers’ substitutes as presented: added 20 days to the elementary secretary position (10 days prior to school’s beginning and 10 days after the end of the school year); accepted a letter of resignation from Michael Schepis as junior high assistant baseball coach; accepted, with regret, letters of resignation from Heather Hand ( elementary learning support teacher), effective August 16, from Christina Ramsey, high school principal, effective September 13, 2013, and from Mindy Horne as PIMS coordinator upon completion and submission of PIMS templates for the 2012-13 school year; and from Julie Berkstresser, as para-educator effective June 1, 2013; and approval was given to notify Paul Swope of his recall rights.

The board was also informed that Don Burd, Vo-Tech director, will be leaving and going to the Huntingdon Area School District.

Also during last Monday evening’s meeting, the board approved the following requests: a request from Stephanie Beckner to perform a high school musical at the high school on March 7, 8 and 9, 2014; a request from New Hope Community Church for use of the auditorium on August 17 for a benefit concert for the Robin Feight Scholarship Fund; a request from Kathy Kendall to use the school’s soccer fields for children up to age 14 years to participate in the Elks local Soccer Shoot; a request for the field hockey team to use the cafeteria for its annual book and bake sale in August; and a request from Joanne Clippinger to use the soccer field for the AYSO Forbes Road team from August 19-Novemer 25.

The board also approved the Cardinal cafeteria handbook, the high school handbook, the athletic handbook, the kindergarten curriculum and the new 2013-14 grading scale.

Policy updates were discussed and the board approved the PSBA-recommended updates for nondiscriminationqualified students with disabilities; discipline of students with disabilities; behavior support; student discipline; weapons; terroristic threats; tobacco (students); controlled substances/paraphernalia, tobacco (employees), drug and substance abuse; emergency preparedness; relations with law enforcement agencies; public attendance at school events; and municipal government relations.

Other items discussed pertaining to the new school year included: Rick and Anita Bolinger were approved to transport the 2013-14 field trips at the rate of $1.90 per mile and $7.25 per hour layover rate; and Snyder Bus Lines was approved to transport away sporting events for the 2013-14 school year at the rate of $1.90 per mile and $7.35 per hour layover rate. Rick and Anita Bolinger were approved to house their buses at Kirby Shoemaker’s house. All bus routes and all elementary and high school field trips for 2013- 14 were approved as presented. The board also granted permission to continue the Byron Helsel annual Fine Arts Scholarship.

The board heard reports from John Mixell on building and grounds, from Christina Ramsey on elementary and high school updates, and from District Superintendent Mark Loucks.

The next regular board meeting will be held on September 9, 2013, at 7 p.m.

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