2013-10-17 / Local & State

CF Reveals Performance Profile

Neighboring schools have “comparable” results
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Central Fulton School District’s top administrator Dixie Paruch kicked off last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting by providing board members on hand with an overview of the state’s new School Performance Profiles that were released only days earlier by the Department of Education.

Superintendent Paruch reminded the board that even though changes have been made to the No Child Left Behind, accountability remains a high priority of the newly unveiled School Performance Profile (SPP) that ranks each school, not district, using a 100-point score or percentage.

In determining a school’s score, the state compiles at a variety of data, including proficiency on PSSA/Keystone Exams; closing the achievement gap for all students in areas of math/Algebra 1, reading/literature, science/ biology and writing; closing the achievement gap for historically under-performing students; meeting annual academic growth expectations; and other academic indicators such as graduation and attendance rates, advanced placement, college credits and PSATs.

Furthermore, up to an additional seven points can be awarded for extra credit.

Looking at Central Fulton’s report card, the elementary’s academic performance for the 2012-13 school year was ranked at 80 percent. In comparison the middle and high schools’ were ranked at 72 and 70.3 percent, respectively.

Paruch stated as some Keystone exams were believed to have been coded incorrectly, it isn’t currently possibly to compare McConnellsburg schools to other areas of the state. However, it was noted McConnellsburg’s academic performance was “comparable” to those of the neighboring Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school districts.

In fact, results indicate Forbes Road Elementary and Junior/Senior High School were at 75.6 percent and 72.8 percent, respectively. A report card was prepared for Southern Fulton Elementary and Junior/Senior High School with respective scores of 76.4 and 74.4 percent.

Paruch indicated she was pleased with the district’s first report card and felt it did “well” overall.

In the future, the superintendent stated staff will continue to look at curriculum, core standards and even how vocationaltechnical students are performing at NOCTI testing to help improve their scores.

“Everyone from the superintendent to the principal and teachers is being held accountable,” said Paruch of the new SPP. As Central Fulton spent around $250,000 during the 2012- 13 school year for students to attend various cyber charter schools, Paruch went on to display the specific report card of the Agora Cyber Charter School that represents students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12th. Last year, a total of seven students from Central Fulton attended Agora for a total cost of $53,330.98.

Agora’s report card indicates the school received an overall performance score of 48.4 percent.

Academic report cards for all schools in the commonwealth can be found online at http://paschoolperformance.org.

In other curriculum matters, Class of 2014 officers Sara Beth Winegardner, Samantha Bottenfield and Jessica Miller appeared with teacher Dayton Tweedy regarding the class’s proposed senior trip to Orlando, Fla. The cost for 40 students has been estimated at $755 per student. That cost would rise or decrease in accordance with how many students plan to attend.

The trip, which was approved on a 8-0 roll-call vote, is scheduled for March 7 through 14 and will include day trips to Disney and Universal parks as well as a career seminar by Disney.

On a follow-up 8-0 roll-call vote, the board approved a twoyear agreement with the Central Fulton Education Association for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. Board member Eric Hollinshead was unable to attend the October 8 meeting.

Major changes to the teacher’s agreement include a 1.99 percent salary increase in both years of the agreement. In addition, any health savings account agreement over 15 percent will be shared at half the increase. Furthermore, proposed changes to tuition reimbursement include up to 12 credits annually at Shippensburg University’s rate until a master’s degree is confirmed; up to six credits per year after a master’s degree is confirmed; reimbursements will be payable three times annually: September 15, January 15 and May 31.

The teacher’s union reportedly voted on the proposed agreement in mid-September.

A summary list of 2013-14 field trips for elementary students was approved as submitted to the board.

Multiple individuals placed on
the 2013-14 extra curricular
salary scale were:
 Barbara MacDonald, elementary musical accompanist
assistant, $970
 Heather Walker-Strait, yearbook advisor, $2,995
 Jenny Culler, elementary
basketball volunteer
 Gregory Strine, choral director, $2,920
 Steve “Gup” Truax, varsity
baseball coach, $2,945
 Robert Koontz, junior varsity baseball coach, $2,620
 Bruce Sipes, baseball volunteer  E. Loy Garber, baseball volunteer

 Joni Dunkle, girls track
coach, $3,470
 Joshua Strait, boys track
coach, $3,470


Approval was granted to write off $90,000 owed to the general fund by the cafeteria. It was pointed out the cafeteria does not run at a profit, and this request will reduce the amount the cafeteria owes to the general fund.

Teachers Kenny Welsh and Anjuli Calhoun saw their respective annual salaries amended retroactive to October 4 to $45,682 and $47,421. The changes were from both teachers having earned their bachelor’s degrees outside of the educational field. As a result, those particular credits count toward their permanent certification.

A letter of resignation was accepted from middle school math teacher Christian McClure. Mc- Clure’s resignation was accepted retroactive to September 17.

In a follow-up motion, Corey Daniel of Willow Hill was brought onboard as a substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year effective September 30.

Rachel Leese, Jennifer Buterbaugh and Michelle Baker of Mc- Connellsburg along with Daniel Leese, Warfordsburg, and Tammy Sample of Orbisonia were added to the district’s professional substitute list after having completed emergency certification through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11.

Lori Mellott was granted an unpaid day of leave for Monday, October 28.


A contract was established with Cursan Transportation to take McConnellsburg’s welding students to Southern Fulton for participation in the program. Cursan will undertake the 61.8 mile route for $141.95 daily.

Cursan was also approved to see a daily rate increase retroactive to September 16 for bus Route #014 as a result of a new bus being utilized. The rate jumped from $200.94 to $209.58 daily.

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