2013-09-19 / Local & State

Forbes Road Makes Personnel Decisions

Conducts other routine business
By Jean Snyder


The Forbes Road School Board of Directors attended to an agenda last Monday night that, for the most part, addressed personnel matters in the district. Personnel decisions made included the approval of tenure for teachers Amanda Brown, Stacy Horne, Megan Skillings and Ryan Wade.

The board accepted a resignation from Pete Hall as elementary boys basketball coach, but kept his name active as an unpaid coach for the district. A request from Stacy Horne to have Shayla Carmack serve as an unpaid assistant girls basketball coach was approved pending clearances. If clearances are provided and she is approved, she will complete the required online concussion and cardiac arrest awareness courses prior to coaching.

It was also announced that votech director Don Burd has resigned and the vo-tech will be advertising for a new director in approximately six months. Central Fulton was chosen to be the superintendent of records for the vo-tech while Southern Fulton and Forbes Road were chosen to be deans of education.

The board approved a motion to add an additional 1 1/2 hours per day for Tammy Waite and Linda Blair effective September 10.

Drivers approved for Snyder Bus Lines included John Clapper, Robert Golden, Toby Holley and Stacey Vance. A salary increase of $750 was given to cafeteria manager Glenda Mellott for the 2013- 14 school year.

The board voted to add the following names to the substitute teacher list: Heather Lee of Dry Run (certified in English, Spanish and social studies); Rachael Leese of McConnellsburg, who is IU certified; and Allison Ritchey of Clearville (certified in early childhood education (Pre-K4.)

Jordan Speck was hired as a special education teacher at a salary of $32,250 effective September 10, 2013.

In other personnel business, the board approved the 2013-14 teaching and non-teaching salary lists as presented. The board also approved a motion to extend the deadline for preK-12 principal applications to October 1, 2013.

A policy on unused sick leave days for support staff was approved as presented. In addition to the personnel actions taken, the board also went into executive session for personnel reasons from 7:05 p.m. to 7:17 p.m. and from 8:05 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. The board also held an executive session for personnel reasons on September 3 from 7 p.m. to 8:12 p.m.

Other business

A motion for a field trip to Mc- Connellsburg High School for grades 7-12 on October 11 or 14 for youths to attend the Olweus Bullying Prevention Kickoff presentation was not approved. The motion had 4 “yes” votes and 4 “no” votes.

Also during other business, the board approved the following requests: for Youth Ag Day for sixth graders at Linda Englert’s farm on October 3; a request from Candace Hess, Fulton County Behavioral Health Services, to plant a tree in honor and memory of Joshua Wilt Jr.; a request from Paula Snyder for use of the elementary gym to conduct Zumba fitness classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; for use of elementary classrooms for Girl Scout Information Night on October 8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a use also of the classrooms for Girl Scout meetings on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; permission to store three large tubs with supplies and also use of the gym and auditorium for ceremonies and parent presentations; a request from Jeff Gelvin to have basketball practices on Sundays as long as they are not mandatory or interfere with church activities; and the Class of 2015 was given permission to have the 2014 prom at Raystown Resort from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Cooperative Sports Agreement in junior high and varsity field hockey was approved with Southern Fulton School District. The motion carried on a roll-call vote with one “no” vote by Merrill Arnold.

A memorandum of understanding with the Pennsylvania State Police for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years was approved as presented.

And finally, the board approved names for the school board secretary to cast votes for election as PSBA officers. The names were Mark B. Miller, president; Charles H. Ballard, vice president; Otto W. Voit III, treasurer; and Kathy K. Swope, at-large representative.

Board directors present at last Monday night’s regular meeting were Merrill Arnold, Teressa Bard, Deonna Carmack, Rheon Gelvin, Byron Helsel, Staci Keller, Karen Peffer and Chanin Rotz-Mountz.

The school board meets the first Monday night of each month, and the next regular meeting will be held on October 7.

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