2013-12-12 / Local & State

Morton, Bard Continue To Head Southern Fulton School Board

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


The Southern Fulton School Board convened last Tuesday evening for reorganization purposes that included selecting board members to serve in the capacity of president and vice president.

District Superintendent Hervey Hann served as the meeting’s temporary president. The oath of office was administered to reelected board members L. Allen Morton, Patrick Bard, Timothy Hull, Mark Mosemann and Eric Barnhart. Leading the oath of office was district secretary Anita Munson.

Regarding the position of board president, a nomination was made and seconded by Bard and fellow member David Smith for Morton to continue in the capacity of president. A follow-up motion by board member Danny Crouse for Smith to serve as president failed for a lack of a second. Morton was voted in on a 9-0 rollcall vote as was Bard for the position of board vice president.

In other reorganization matters, Timothy Mellott was reappointed to the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School Joint Operating Committee. Alternates on the JOC board will include Bard and Crouse.

Mark Mosemann will continue serving in the capacity of PSBA legislative representative, while Smith will serve as the board’s representative on the Warfordsburg Sewer Authority.

Following the board’s reorganization that concluded at 8:28 p.m., the board turned to its regularly scheduled agenda, which included a presentation from Dan Simpson of Rotz and Stonesifer. Simpson presented the audit report for the 2012-13 school year to the board, which also received a copy of the presentation, audit result letter and financial statement for June 30, 2013.

In personnel-related matters, the board accepted a letter of resignation with regret from Julie Dickerhoff as varsity head volleyball coach. The vacant position will be advertised for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

An unpaid leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 was approved as accepted for Tamera Hixon retroactive to October 28. The “intermittent” leave of absence is expected to run through April 28, 2014. An additional leave of absence was approved for Ellen Glunt as scheduled from February 8, 2014, to March 22, 2014. Glunt serves as elementary special education teacher.

In a follow-up motion, the board approved Karen Oliver to serve as long-term substitute for Glunt. Furthermore, the board announced it will begin adverstising for a long-term substitute for Julianna Grubb, elementary speech language teacher, retroactive to November 24.

Under curriculum, the Southern Fulton agricultural mechanics class was granted permission to participate in a class-shadowing project with auto mechanics shops throughout the county over a two-week time frame tentatively scheduled for January 2014. Meanwhile, elementary life skills and MD classes are scheduled to travel to the Bowlerama in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., on January 30.

Guitar students are scheduled to visit the Appalachian Bluegrass Shop in Catonsville, Md., on December 18, and art elective students will be going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh on January 8.

Looking at ongoing renovations at the junior/senior high school, a change order totaling $260.19 was approved that will have wood corner guards removed and replaced with stainless steel. Original plans had included having the wooden corner guards replaced with vinyl. The motion passed on a 8-1 rollcall vote with Crouse dissenting.

An additional change order was also accepted for a skim coating to be placed on the floor throughout the building at an additional cost of $31,765.47.

By general concensus, the board agreed to establish a Food Service Committee with Mosemann, Smith and Patrick Bard as its members. On hand for the December 3 meeting was Dave Pisarchik from Metz food service.

At the conclusion of the meeting an executive session was held to discuss negotiations. No action was taken following the session.

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