2017-05-18 / Front Page

Central Fulton School Board Adopts Tentative 2017-2018 Budget

Looks ahead to next school year
By Jean Snyder

The regular board meeting of the Central Fulton School District was held last Tuesday evening and board members hired a new superintendent (see separate story in this week’s News), adopted a tentative 2017- 2018 budget, finalized graduation plans for this year and began planning for the coming school year.

Board members present were Dr. Brent L. Carlson, Julia E. E. Dovey, Cory L. Gress, Christopher R. Hann, Genevieve F. Harper, Rick E. Marshall, Jason M. Sharpe, Gary L. Shives and Roger W. Strait.

Administration in attendance were Billie Jo Beatty, assistant elementary principal; Amy L. Hershey, business manager; Angela R. Marshall, transportation/ PR director and board secretary; Alicia D. Mellott, elementary principal; Dixie M. Paruch, superintendent; and Ginger L. Thompson, special education director.

Others in attendance were Dr. Michelle D. Hall, superintendent elect.

17-18 Budget

On a roll-call vote of eight yeses and one no, the board adopted the tentative 2017-2018 General Fund Budget in the amount of $15,222,119.00. Roger Strait cast the dissenting vote after questioning the business manager as to why if there is a surplus in the fund balance to transfer into capital improvements that amount couldn’t be applied to the budget deficit to offset having to raise taxes since there’s already money in the capital improvements account.

The reply was that the Capital Improvement transfer is completely unrelated to next year’s budget deficit. The requested transfer is strictly to move some of the district’s fund balance to the Capital Improvement bank account in an effort to replenish this account and to be prepared for future Capital Improvement expenditures that have already been discussed and agreed upon by the board. The final amount of fund balance needed to balance the budget will be based on the board’s future decision on raising taxes regardless of the Capital Improvement transfer.

With eight yeses and one no vote, the board voted to transfer $200,000 to the Capital Projects account at F&M Trust.

The board also voted unanimously to accept the 2017-2018 Fulton County AVTS Tentative Budget in the amount of $1,026,972 with Central Fulton district share being $325,849.12.

In a related matter, the board approved obtaining $20,500 of CFSD deferred revenue from the total CFSD deferred revenue balance currently held by the AVTS.


The board approved unanimously by roll-call vote, the list of seniors anticipated to graduate in June 2017. The board also unanimously approved setting Baccalaureate for Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 7 p.m. and graduation for Friday, June 2, 2017, at 7 p.m., both in the middle/high school auditorium.

By unanimous vote, a 10 a.m. dismissal time was set for underclassmen on the last day of school.

17-18 School Year

Looking forward to 2017-2018, the board approved Fulton County Medical Center to provide physicals to students in grades six and eight as well as sports as needed.

The board will retain Jack D. Steele, D.D.S., as the school dentist for the 2017-2018 school year. Dr. Steele will do dental examinations on students in grades three and seven at a cost of $3 per student, unchanged from previous years.

Attorney Roberta Binder Heath was retained for an additional year to provide solicitor services at a rate of $115 per hour for general legal services and negotiations and $130 per hour for litigation services, which is the same rate as the previous year. There were eight “yes” votes and one “no” vote on the appointment.

The board unanimously voted to continue the Behind the Wheel contract with Gregory Hays for student driving and for his completion of required student paperwork. There are no increased costs for the 2017-2018 school year.

Once again, the board agreed to enter into an agreement with Tuscarora School District to provide alternative education services for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board approved Heather Strait (with one abstention) to serve as the Extended School Year instructor at a rate of $25.50 per hour and for Odette Plessinger to serve as the paraprofessional at her regular rate of $12.25.

On a vote of eight yeses and one no, the board approved the summer 2017 E-Rate project. The district will apply for 70 percent of the total cost to be paid by the federal E-Rate program. A public RFP was posted and the lowest-cost bidder was chosen. The Link Computer Corp. RFP response was for $11,409.75. The district’s 30 percent share of the costs will be allocated to the capital improvements fund.

The board voted to increase all CFSD regular breakfast and lunch prices by 10 cents effective in the 2017-2018 school year and to increase all FCFP breakfast and lunch prices by 10 cents effective July 1, 2017.

Field trips

The following field trips were approved:

Mrs. V. Alexander to take third, fourth and fifth graders to the Kerper Tract on two dates in May for the students to participate in hands on environmental lessons. Cost to the district is for transportation only.

Mrs. Rader to take her high school class to Wild Annie’s and Cone Zone in May as part of their community based instruction. There would be no cost to the district.

Mrs. C. Cutshall to take her Algebra I class to Giant in May to participate in hands-on learning experience solving real-life problems. There would be no cost to the district.

For the high school musical cast to travel to Gettysburg in May to the Totem Pole Playhouse awards ceremony where they will also perform. Cost to the district will be for transportation only.

For Mrs. Rader and Mr. Smith to take their middle school social and remediation classes to Wild Annie’s and Cone Zone in May as part of their community based instruction. There would be no cost to the district.

For Mrs. Rader and Mr. Smith to take their emotional support, learning support and life skills classes to Lions Club Park in May as part of their community based instruction. There would be no cost to the district.

For Mrs. Rader to take her high school social skills class to JLG Industries in May to learn about career opportunities. There would be no cost to the district.


The board voted unanimously to approve the three-year agreement between Central Fulton Education Association and the Central Fulton School Board as presented.

The 2017-2018 extracurricular and co-curricular salary scale was accepted with no changes to the pay scale.

Italia N. Guarino, Mc- Connellsburg, was approved to serve as an extended substitute in the high school retroactive to March 29, 2017, pending no break in service through May 11, 2017.

Erika N. Mellott, Needmore, was approved to serve as a professional substitute. Mellott is certified in early childhood and PK-4 elementary education with all credentials in order.

The board approved Mrs. Litton to take two days of unpaid leave in May for the purpose of travel.

A professional employee was authorized to take FMLA leave from approximately April 28, 2017, through approximately May 12, 2017.

The board agreed to terminate Rick Stinson’s full-time contracted position as clerk of the works for the elementary school project and to enter into a part-time contract with him at the rate of $40 per hour until the project is completed as defined in the COW revised service agreement. The board approved the revised clerk contract.


The daily rate on Gary and Eileen Decker’s van route to Brooklane in Hagerstown was decreased from $195.94 to $175.47 retroactive to April 6, 2017, due to a student being removed from the route which decreased the total daily miles.

The board voted to increase the daily rate on Angela S. Hockenberry’s van route to River Rock from $224.91 to $242.74 due to adding another student to the route which increases the total daily miles.

The following meeting dates were announced: Athletics/Activities Committee Meeting - Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. and regular board meeting - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

The regular board meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m. An executive session was called at 8:45 p.m. to discuss personnel matters and the executive session concluded at 9:45 p.m.

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