2013-12-19 / Local & State

Forbes Road Reorganizes For 2014

Arnold, Bard elected as president, vice president
By Jean Snyder


The Forbes Road School Board reorganized last Monday evening and elected Merrill Arnold as president and Teressa Bard as vice president. Both Arnold and outgoing board president Bard were nominated for the top position, but Arnold won the election on a 4-3 vote. Both Bard and outgoing vice president Byron Helsel were nominated for vice president and Bard won on a 4-3 vote.

Chanin Rotz-Mountz was reelected a legislative chairperson by unanimous vote and Karen Peffer was elected as vo tech board representative, also by unanimous vote. New board member Margaret Bolinger was elected as vo-tech alternate.

Meeting times and places were set as follows: Regular school board meetings will be held the first Monday (except for holidays) of each month at 7 p.m. Administrative committee meetings will be held the Tuesday prior to each regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Policy meetings will be set as needed. All meetings will be held in the high school library.

Prior to the regular school board meeting, the board met in executive session from 6:20 p.m. to 7:18 p.m. for personnel reasons.

One item on the financial agenda was approved as the board agreed to have the Eardley Family Business remove a ramp from the back of the old high school to allow more storage space for the building trades program. The only cost to the district is for the price of the gasoline to run the equipment estimated at $150.

Under miscellaneous items, the board tabled a request from Dulce Hall to use her replacement van due to an accident involving her original van. The board approved a request from Adam Fogal and Ryan Blair for use of the old gym for the 2013-2014 Forbes Road Adult Alumni League from December to the end of February. The board also approved a request for the Forbes Road Ski Club to take three trips to Blue Knob in January and February at no cost to the district. And finally, the board approved homebound instruction for a student upon physician recommendation.

The board addressed five personnel requests, approving all but one, including: a six-week leave of absence for Megan Stoudnour; approval for Jacquelyn Brode as substitute while Stoudnour is out; the addition of Diana Clewell of Three Springs to the substitute list; the hiring of Jamie Hoffman as elementary boys basketball coach at $850, with Ned Cromer serving as an unpaid assistant.

The recommendation to name Lynette Beegle as assistant director of the musical and co-advisor to the Drama Club at the rate of $1,900 was tabled.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, January 7, 2014, at 7 p.m.

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