2018-06-14 / Local & State

CFSD Wraps Up 2017-18 School Year

Gives final approval to 2018-19 budget
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER

Central Fulton School District board members approved the 2018-2019 General Fund Budget in the amount of $15,692,814 last Tuesday evening at their regular monthly meeting. The budget was advertised and available for review.

Board members also approved the 2018-19 Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School General Operating Budget in the amount of $1,063,690, with the district’s share being $343,220.

Taxes that were approved to be levied by the district for the 2017-18 fiscal year were enacted for the 2018-19 fiscal year without change as follows: 31.6783 mills in support of the budget. This rate shall be $3.16783 on each $100 of assessed valuation of taxable property. This reflects no increase over 2017-18. The 2018-19 fiscal year under Act 511 will be as follows: Real Estate Transfer Tax - 1 percent, Per Capita Tax - $5, Occupation Tax - $10, and Wage Tax – 1 percent. Taxes approved for the district for the 2017-18 fiscal year under Act 679 will be re-enacted for the 2018-19 fiscal year without change at $5. Also approved was the 2018 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution.

Financial

Secretaries and maintenance support staff at CFSD have been approved to receive a 50 cents/hour increase for the 2018- 19 school year, apart from the new secretary hired May 15. The food service contract with Metz and Associates for the 2018-19 school year that includes a 10- cent increase in all meal prices as previously approved by the board was approved.

For maintenance, the board approved to pay for the resurfacing and servicing of the folding door in the elementary gymnasium out of the Elementary Renovation Account for an amount not to exceed $20,000. Board members also approved the purchase of two natural gas ovens and convert piping in the elementary kitchen out of the Elementary Renovation Account for an amount not to exceed $20,000, a replacement security camera system in the Elementary Renovation Account for an amount not to exceed $25,000, and the purchase of scrubbers and vacuums out of the same account for an amount not to exceed $5,900.

Personnel

The board approved the following personnel for the 2018-19 school year:

Michael McAuliffee Miller of Eckert Seamans Attorneys-at- Law to be the district’s solicitor from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019; Dr. Debra K. Welsh to serve as athletic trainer at a contracted rate of $10,000; Kenneth Welsh to serve as athletic director at a contracted rate of $5,000; Larry Stepler to provide band lessons to elementary band students at a rate of $50/hour for a maximum of six hours/week; Kellee Truax as volleyball coach at step 3 for $2,995; Amanda Cunningham as the volleyball junior varsity coach at step one for $1,895; Chris Mellott as the girls soccer head coach at step 5 for $3,520; Hunter Miller as girls junior varsity coach at step 2 for $2,045; Jeffrey Glenn as junior high co-ed soccer head coach at step 4 for $2,095; Cory Houck as the boys soccer head coach at step 5 for $3,520; Jacob Corl as the boys soccer junior varsity coach at step 3 for $2,245; Kylie Zittle as the girls soccer volunteer coach, unpaid; and Amber Mitchell as temporary van monitor at a rate of $7.25/hour with a retroactive start date of May 16 and ending June 7.

The board also retroactively approved an employee for the Family Medical Leave Act from May 7 to May 11, and intermittently for six months thereafter. A resignation letter from Craig Elbin was also accepted for the purpose of retirement. The school will be advertising for an agricultural science teacher, anticipated special education teacher, biology teacher, and mid-level math teacher.

Transportation

A daily rate change was approved for transportation Route #24 from $270 to $244.70. Termination of contracts were approved for transportation routes #22- Mercersburg Academy, and #35-Pre-K with Gary and Eileen Decker with a letter dated May 28, 2018. A transfer of transportation routes #28 Pre- K and #34 Pre-K to Carla Lake, a full-time driver with the current contract holders, Gary and Eileen Decker.

The contract with Gary and Eileen Decker was approved for renewal to provide transportation for the extended school year students starting Tuesday, June 19, to Wednesday, July 25, at a daily rate of $338.66 to travel 68 miles per day on Tuesdays, including speech students, and a daily rate of $338.66 to travel 66.6 miles per day on Wednesdays. This transportation is for 12 days intermittently.

Approval was given to enter into the 2018-19 extracurricular contract with Lynda S. Strait, Cloyd Swope Jr., and Ellen Swope. The rate per mile for buses will be $2.43, which was derived from last year’s per-mile rate including the increase for the cost index. The rate per mile for the use of vans will be $1.82. A change in the contract is that contractors will be paid mileage one way from the point of where the vehicle is housed to the school.

Additionally, it was approved to purchase four school-bus-stop ahead signs. Two signs are for the stop right after Morton’s Feed Mill and two are for 931 Back Ridge Rd.

In other news, the Early Head Start self-assessment plan was approved, as well as the Early Head Start COLA (cost of living adjustment) plan. True North Wellness will also continue to provide community mental health services as needed for the 2018-19 school year.

Approximately 26 citizens attended last Tuesday evening’s meeting held in the high school’s auditorium to either witness the meeting or air grievances. During the public comment portion of the board meeting, 10 individuals came to the podium to comment on the ‘bathroom privacy’ issue.

Board members present were school board secretary Judy Messersmith, Julia E. E. Dovey, Cory L. Gress, Christopher R. Hann, Rick E. Marshall, Jason M. Sharpe, Gary L. Shives and Roger W. Strait. Gregory L. Strait was absent.

Administration present were Alicia Mellott, elementary principal; Billie Jo Beatty, assistant elementary principal; Amy Hershey, business manager; Christina Ramsey, middle/high school principal; Jessica Curfman, middle/high school assistant principal; Ginger Thompson, director of Special Education; and Dr. Michelle D. Hall, superintendent.

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