2013-08-22 / Local & State

Central Fulton Acts On Personnel Matters

Students return to school August 21
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Central Fulton School Board wasted little time working through the August 13 agenda, attending to multiple personnel and transportation-related issues in a brief 18 minutes.

Letters of resignation were approved on a unanimous 6-0 rollcall vote as submitted by girls varsity track first assistant coach Jessica Curfman and girls volleyball volunteer coach Dot Doyle. Board members Hollie Garlock, Cory Gress and Ryan Richards were unable to attend last Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

Several individuals were placed on the 2013-14 extracurricular salary scale, including elementary intramural girls basketball coach Heidi McMath, $615; junior high boys basketball coach Kenneth Welsh, $2,295; cheerleading assistant coach Heidi Calhoun, $1,895; boys junior high basketball assistant coach Dane Pollock, $2,045; volunteer boys and girls track coach Robert Snyder II; girls tennis head volunteer coach Howard Mellott; junior high volunteer soccer coach Allen Cover; boys soccer volunteer coach Hunter Miller; and girls soccer volunteer coach Erin Chafardon.

Tenure was granted to school psychologist Kristi L. Bagley; gifted support teacher Amy B. Conner; elementary teachers Cherina A. Cutchall and Nancy J. Harris; special education teacher Angel R. Knepper; and secondary math teacher Christian N. McClure. Tenure is granted when a temporary professional employee receives satisfactory ratings during the last four months of the third year of service to the district.

Summer Weise-Carson was approved to take maternity leave tenatively beginning September 12 and ending December 5. Weise- Carson will use her sick and personal time as well as unpaid leave during the leave of absence.

Pending the receipt of clearances, Allison Ritchey of Clearville; Terra Shanholtz, Chambersburg; and Rebecca Janosko, Mc- Connellsburg, will be added to the professional substitute list as elementary teachers. In addition, Michelle Robison from Shade Gap was added to the same list with all credentials in order.

Other individuals added to the professional substitute list after having completed emergency cerfication through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU) #11 are Waterfall residents Deborah Cooper and Sean Scanlon; Needmore residents Brittany Douglas and Laura Gough; McConnellsburg residents Holly Falkosky, Garrett Fix, Gloria Hurney, Erin Lane, Hope Moore and Carolyn Stermer; Tracey Kimmel of Fort Loudon; and Courtney Schriver, Warforsburg.

Lynette Gelvin of Hustontown was placed on the district’s supportive substitute list for the 2013- 14 school year.

School business

The board gave a nod of approval to the annual alternative education agreement with Manito for services to be provided during the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Dixie Paruch noted she had discussions with Manito officials at the beginning of summer regarding their possible interest in trading two slots for use of a room. Both the Southern Fulton and Forbes Road school districts would reportedly had to have agreed to the change.

According to the meeting agenda, the district has budgeted for four slots. During the previous school year, all four slots were in use at one point, Paruch said.

The board also agreed to distribute a Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) for all students enrolled in grades six, eight, 10 and 12. PAYS is typically distributed every several years.

High/middle school Principal Todd Beatty elaborated on a request from the Boy Scouts of America to hand out “brief career interest surveys” to students in grades eight through 11. The board approved distribution of the surveys, which will help link students with businesses in their field of interest.


Life Skills students were approved to visit various “local and travelling” locations during the 2013-14 school year as presented.

A request submitted by musical director Hope Moore was accepted as presented for elementary and middle school students to present “Aladdin and His Magical Lamp” this November. The board learned through questioning by board member Roger Strait that the positions associated with the musical’s production total $9,400. The positions are budgeted by the district. Additional expenses are covered through community or patron donations.

Concerns were raised regarding those involved with the musical receiving a salary as well as a gift at the conclusion of the event. It was indicated gifts given to staff are typically purchased as a result of parent donations.


An agreement with TIU #11 for the annual IDEIA allocation was accepted. The district is slated to receive $123,365 for special education programming and services through the allocation.

An additional agreement with TIU was accepted totalling $5,755 for Federal Section 619 Pass Through Funds for kindergarten students with disabilities.

Jessica Curfman and Todd Grissinger, who serve as high school and middle school deans of students, respectively, are each slated to receive a stipend of $2,000 for their duties.

The district will be purchasing a new steamer from Johnnie’s Restaurant Supply for a low bid price of $23,970. The steamer will be used in the elementary kitchen.


A correction was made by the board to action taken in June regarding providing transportation for activity runs and basketball. Gary and Eileen Decker will be providing transportation for those events and not Sandy Deck Transportation.

Sandy Lynch requested a name change to her contract that will allow her to operate as Cursan Transportation. As co-owner of Cursan Transportation and contractor for Bus Route #14, Lynch was also permitted to replace her current 2005 bus with a newer bus at some point during the school year.

Following adjournment, the board convened in executive session to discuss personnel and litigation.

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