2013-12-12 / Local & State

Central Fulton School Board Reorganizes

Gress, Carlson to continue as president and vice president
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Central Fulton School Board welcomed aboard several newly-elected members last Tuesday evening as part of its annual reorganization that included selecting a president and vice president.

Serving as temporary board president, board member Roger Strait led new board members Julia Dovey and Genevieve Harper as well as re-elected members Dr. Brent Carlson and Hollie Garlock in the oath of office. Following the oath, Strait sought nominations for the positions of president and vice president, which ended in Cory Gress and Carlson being unanimously selected to continue in their respective capacities.

The board also agreed as part of their reorganization efforts to maintain its current meeting dates, times and location for the 2014 calendar year. Regular monthly board meetings will continue to be held in the district office conference room on the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, work sessions and committee meetings will be the third and fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m.

Addressing expired and vacant positions on the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School Joint Operating Committee (JOC), Rick Marshall was reelected for an additional threeyear term of office that will end in 2016. Gress was reappointed as a first alternative, and Garlock was elected to serve as a JOC second alternate representing Central Fulton.

The matter of appointing board members to various district committees such as athletics/activities, budget and finance, building and grounds, curriculum/planning/technology, personnel, policy, student/parent affairs and transportation will be brought before the board in January.

Personnel

Moving into its regularly scheduled meeting following reorganization, the board handled several personnel-related matters, including a clarification on the approval of and setting of salary for a yearbook advisor. Heather Strait and Summer Carson will be sharing the duties of yearbook advisor, and as a result will each receive $1,497.50.

In addition, Jason Carbaugh was approved as a sound-room technician with a salary of $440, and Tyler Green and Corey Daniel will serve as boys basketball volunteer coaches.

An unnamed district administrator was authorized to undergo a Family Medical Leave of Absence

(FMLA). The leave of absence is slated to begin January 27 through May 23 and will begin with a six-week absence followed by intermittent absences.

Gabriel McGarvey of Mc- Connellsburg was added to the district’s supportive aide substitute list.

Finance

In following with standard accounting practice, the board agreed to commit $500,000 toward future capital projects. The money is currently located in the district’s general fund and will be relocated in order to keep the total fund balance between 8 and 11 percent of the district’s total budget. It was noted the money can be moved out of the capital project fund into another account in the future in case a need arises.

Transportation

Life skills van Route #036 contracted with Lynn C. Reeder will see an increase in the daily rate of slightly over a dollar retroactive to November 4. The change is a result of adding a new student to the route, which in turn increased daily miles travelled. In the same motion, the board agreed to increase the daily rate from $154.30 to $155.38 retroactive to November 4 when an additional life skills student required transportation as part of a revised schedule.

Van Route #033 with Reeder will see a jump from $147.64 to $192.13 retroactive to November 12 in conjunction with adding a new student to the Manito roster.

Curriculum

Superintendent Dixie Paruch told the board that 18 teachers have expressed interest in meeting with the administration regarding the establishment of a full-fledged cyber academy at the district.

While some cyber classes are currently offered at Central Fulton, Paruch indicated it is her desire to secure more teachers, especially those highly qualified at a secondary level.

Several board members, including Harper and Garlock, touched on various reasons why some students are enrolling at cyber schools and not attending brick-and-mortar facilities. Reasons ranged from bullying to lack of interest and initiative.

Paruch said if plans for having a cyber academy move forward, the curriculum will need to be written and accessed electronically. She added that while it won’t bring all of the kids back that the district has lost, it may bring back several and keep others from leaving.

The superintendent went on to differentiate for the board the costs of educating a student at Central Fulton in comparison to tuition costs from other schools. At this time, the cost of paying for district students to attend cyber schools is well over $250,000 per year.

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