2018-08-23 / Front Page

Forbes Road Gets 2018-2019 Vo-Tech Update

Elementary awarded 10K writing grant
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF REPORT

Superintendent Mark Loucks gave a Vo-Tech update at last Monday’s August meeting of the Forbes Road School District Board of Directors. Superintendent Loucks stated that he and high school Principal Randy Gelvin met with Erik Damgaard, director of the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School (FCAVTS). During their meeting, Damgaard confirmed construction trades will be held at McConnellsburg High School during the 2018-19 school year rather than at Forbes Road High School as it has been in prior years. Loucks expressed a desire for a welding program at Forbes Road, but it is not possible at this time. He also shared that 14 Forbes Road students are registered to attend Vo-Tech programs at FCAVTS, and one student is registered at Bedford County Technical Center.

In other FCAVTS matters, the board approved Kathy Baker, Janet Fittry, and Kirby Shoemaker as Vo-Tech representatives, with Damon Schoen serving as an alternate, for the 2018-19 school year. Board President Shoemaker stated that a letter will be sent to Forbes Road parents, and that a public meeting concerning the FRSD and FCAVTS will be held. No date was given. Also during Louck’s update he shared that Forbes Road was rated 249 out of 3,000 schools on Niche.com. His goal is to get the school to number one.

Curriculum

During the elementary school update, Principal Maria Scott- Bollman alerted the board that 31 students were currently registered for the Red Birds classroom. Due to the large number of students, there will be two Red Bird classes for the 2018-19 school year. Principal Scott-Bollman also shared that there was no turnover in elementary staff, but that there were some teaching reassignments. Ms. Keebaugh, previously a high school English teacher at Forbes, will now be teaching grades 5 and 6. Mrs. Plummer will be teaching first grade, and Mrs. Brode will be teaching one of the Red Bird classes. Scott-Bollman also said that Forbes Road elementary teachers were rated in the top 12 percent of the nation, according to Niche.com. In closing, she reported that the elementary school was awarded a writing grant in the amount of $10,000.

The board gave its approval for the use of positive behavior, interventions and supports (PBIS) in the elementary.

High school Principal Gelvin started his update by introducing employee candidates Alyshia Sechoka - English, Joel Frehn - technical instruction/network administrator, and Elizabeth Locke - school nurse, who had been chosen to present to the board for approval to hire. Gelvin thanked Ms. Hykes for the work done over the summer to prepare for the upcoming year, noting that she had put in more time than her expected hours. Gelvin finished by praising the maintenance staff for having the building in excellent condition. Both Gelvin and Scott-Bollman have also distributed class lists and schedules to students.

Personnel

During personnel talks, the board approved the following:

Shawna Angelo will be granted tenure; Janet Hoover and Sharon Horne will be added to the substitute teachers list; and Elizabeth Locke was hired for the school nurse position at a rate of $35,500. Approval was also given to hire Hope Gelvin for the 2018-19 school year as a classroom aide for the Red Birds classroom at a rate of $10.50/hour with single benefits; Alyshia Sechoka for the secondary English position at a rate of $35,500; Devon Lybarger as music/ band teacher at a rate of $35,500; and Joel Frehn for the technical instruction teacher/network administrator at a rate of $35,500.

For maintenance, Larry Brown was hired part time at $10.50/hour, and Chris Seymore was given the facilities manager position at a rate of $48,500 with family coverage.

In administration, Kristie Hohman and Tammy Fraker were hired as co-business managers for the 2018-19 school year at an additional salary of $15,000 each. Superintendent Loucks will be evaluating them monthly. Kylynne Dixon was hired for additional office duties at a rate of $2,000.

In sports, Mindy Horne was hired as interim head field hockey coach at a stipend, and Becky Ford was hired as interim junior varsity field hockey coach at a stipend. Malea Truax will volunteer as a field hockey coach.

Alan Foor was hired as a driver for Bolinger Busing pending necessary clearances.

Resignations accepted were from technology director Jeremie Jessee effective Aug. 17 and business manager Bethany Strait effective Aug. 24. Also accepted was the resignation of Trent Black as varsity basketball coach.

Buildings and grounds

Heidi O’Neal gave the cafeteria update regarding employees and kitchen prep. She also noted that the CN-PEARS report was completed and ready to be submitted to the Department of Education.

Approval was given to the Forbes Road Youth Community Soccer Program to use the baseball/ soccer fields for practices and games Monday through Friday evenings and Saturdays depending on practice schedules. The Alumni Basketball League was given approval to use the new gym on Sundays from November through May.

Approval was given to hire Knisely & Sons for the ductless air-conditioning system installation project at the elementary school.

Members of the board present were Merrill Arnold, Kathy Baker, Brian Barton, Margaret Bolinger, Janet Fittry, Dulce Hall, Byron Helsel, Damon Schoen and Kirby Shoemaker. Others present were solicitor Patrick Fanelli, Alyshia Sechoka, Joel Frehn, Elizabeth Locke, Heidi O’Neal, Bethany Strait, James Fittry, Chanin Rotz- Mountz, Logan Kennedy, Dawn Harnish, and Wendy Hoover.

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