2018-05-17 / Local & State

Forbes Road Prepares For Graduation

By Cassidy Pittman

A party for 2018’s senior class was approved by the Forbes Road School Board at its monthly meeting last Monday evening, May 7. The party will be held in the old high school gym on June 1 following graduation, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. The board also gave approval to the 2019 senior class trip, a seven night Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas, and approved the 2019 Senior Prom, which will be held on April 27, 2019, at Union Grove in Broad Top.

Other field trips approved include a senior kayaking trip on May 17 and a Hershey Park rewards trip for grades 7-12 on May 29.

During regular updates elementary school Principal Maria Scott-Bollman told the board that reading scores have improved for students in grades K- 2, according to AIMSWeb data. She also reported that Forbes Road School District passed the special education audit. In other news Superintendent Mark Loucks announced that high school Principal Randy Gelvin and Principal Scott-Bollman will attend a Future Ready Index conference on May 9. He also announced that Forbes Road’s 2018 graduation will be broadcast live on Cardinal TV Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m.


Approval was given to Nicole Parson to use the school premises to hold an elementary basketball camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12 to 15. There will also be recreational basketball June 4 to August 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Carol Cline will be holding open field hockey and camp. Open field hockey is scheduled for July 13 to 25, and camp for field hockey will take place August

6 to 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students in grades 5-12, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for students in grades 3 and 4.

Vicki Watkins will hold a girls pitching clinic in the old high school gym. Tentative dates are May 12, May 22 (evening), May 26 (morning), June 3 (afternoon), and June 9 (morning). The clinic will be open to students from Forbes Road, Tussey Mountain, Southern Huntington, and Mount Union.


The board approved a tentative budget in the amount of $7,188,883. Approval was also given for a three-year contract with a raise to be given to the high school principal, elementary principal, and assistant to the superintendent in the amount of 8 percent the first year, 7 percent in the second year, and 6 percent in the third year.

A three-year contract with a raise was also given to the high school secretary, superintendent secretary, and front office personnel in the amount of 5 percent the first year, 6 percent the second year, and 7 percent in the third year.

A three-year contract with a raise in the amount of 35 cents/hour for support staff was also approved by the board.


Devon Lybarger was hired as a summer music director at a substitute rate of $90/day.

The board accepted the resignation of maintenance supervisor John Mixell, effective May 21.

Board members present were Merrill Arnold, Brian Barton, Margaret Bolinger, Janet Fittry, Dulce Hall, Byron Helsel, Damon Schoen, Kirby Shoemaker. Others present were Lori Kendall, solicitor Patrick Fanelli, Superintendent Loucks, Principal Scott- Bollman, and Bethany Strait.

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