2014-02-27 / Local & State

SF Makes Personnel Decisions

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

The Southern Fulton School Board tackled an array of personnel matters as part of its February 18 meeting agenda, including several coaching appointments and discontinuing employment of one staff member.

Roland Silver was approved by the board to serve as an assistant track and field coach for the current 2013-2014 school year as per the professional staff contract and as recommended by athletic director Kent Hendershot. Silver’s employment is contingent upon the completion of necessary paperwork and clearances. In a follow up motion, and also pending the completion of paperwork, Leslie Wilson was approved as a unpaid, volunteer assistant track and field coach for this year.

Richard Hartman is slated to be added to the district’s professional substitute list for the 2013- 2014 school year pending completion of paperwork.

Retroactive to January 30, Kelly Sipes was added as a substitute custodian for the remainder of the school year.

After voting last month to “eliminate a motion to extend Rusty Bender’s probation period for an additional six months,” the board returned to the matter again last Tuesday. On an 8-0 rollcall vote, the board agreed to discontinue the employment of maintenance employee Rusty Bender beyond a probation period slated to end February 20. Unable to attend the meeting was board member Sam Souders.

The board will be advertising for an elementary custodial position for the remainder of the year.

Curriculum

Board member David Smith pointed out the need for an additional math teacher during the upcoming school year. He added his preference for a motion to be listed as part of the March meeting agenda to advertise the position. Superintendent Hervey Hann suggested delaying the advertisement until after the budget meetings.

Junior/senior high school guidance counselor Karen Solomon was granted authorization to attend the BrainSteps Concussion Conference at Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU) #11 on February 25.

Transportation

Terry Vance and Cory Vance were approved to serve as substitute drivers for Snyder Bus Lines LLC for the 2013-2014 school year retroactive to February 4.

Policy

The second and final reading was approved for a total of six policies dealing with field trips, student medication usage, evaluations of temporary professional employees, finances and food service operations. Meanwhile, a second reading of Policy 913, Community, Nonschool Organization/ Groups/Individuals was tabled, and a second reading to delete Policy 808.1, Operations, Free/Reduced-Price Meals and Free Milk was approved.

Finance

As submitted by business manager Deb Schetrompf, tax exoneration lists for the 2013-2014 school year were approved.

Building and grounds

A TIU #11 school bus training will be held in a high school classroom by D&K Transportation March 4 and 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m as well as March 8 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Warfordsburg Area Youth School is scheduled to use any available high school field except for the baseball and softball fields from March 15 through June 10 and August 15 through November 10. Recreational soccer will be held during those time frames Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

A spaghetti dinner and concert will be held in the elementary cafeteria/ gymnasium by Southern Fulton PTA from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 29 as approved by the board.

Public comment

Local resident Daniel Peck approached the board about why communications and correspondence addressed to the board were no longer read aloud during meetings, to which board/district secretary Anita Munson replied they are provided to the board as handouts during the meeting. Peck went on to reference his concerns about “scheduled” teacher evaluations. Superintendent Hann pointed out state law and added that unscheduled walk-thrus are also conducted.

Student representative Kimberli Beatty addressed the board regarding counting the school year in hours instead of days to help offset the rising number of snow makeup days. Hann said the state Department of Education generally will not accept hours instead of days until a school district get closer to the June 20 deadline.

In addition to beginning its meeting with a 19-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters, the board ended the meeting with a 19-minute executive session for personnel and negotiations. No action was taken at the conclusion of the meeting.

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