2018-10-11 / Local & State

FRSD Gives Vo-Tech Update

By Cassidy Pittman

Superintendent Mark Loucks presented a draft of an informative letter regarding the vo-tech program at the Forbes Road School District (FRSD) board meeting on Monday, October 1. Once completed, the letter will be mailed out to FRSD parents. Superintendent Loucks then informed the board that Erik Damgaard, director of Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School (FCAVTS), recently visited Forbes Road and met with Loucks and high school Principal Randy Gelvin.

Principal Gelvin then gave the high school update, first thanking maintenance supervisor Chris Seymore, technical director Joel Frehn, business managers Kristie Hohman and Tammy Fraker, and high school secretary Kylynne Dixon for their part in moving forward. He went on to say that 65 percent of student families attended open house. Progress reports were also sent home. Principal Gelvin concluded with informing the board that reading specialist Shannon Brown was holding Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT) testing at the high school.

Elementary Principal Maria Scott-Bollman updated the board on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) writing grant. She and five members of the elementary staff attended a training in Harrisburg required for the grant. She then shared that during a TIU11 meeting with Director of Curriculum and Instruction Timothy Miller, she learned that Forbes Road elementary scored at 69.9 in writing, with the state goal being 69. In math the school scored 73 with the state goal being 43.

The board then approved the following events for FRSD students: Cupcake Wars for Mrs. Keegan’s class will be held October 11; eight and 11th grade students will go to a career fair at the American Legion in Mc- Connellsburg Tuesday, October 30, and students in grades 9-12 interested in technical careers will have a field trip to Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to tour the campus November 2. UTI will provide transportation at no cost to the district.


Maintenance supervisor Chris Seymore reported that a successful fire drill and bus evacuations were completed. He then gave an update on Knisley & Sons progress with the ductless air conditioning system in the elementary school. Heidi O’Neal gave a cafeteria update, thanking Sue Fleming and others for their help during her absence.


Approval was given for Dulce Hall to be added to the list of drivers for Snyder Busing, pending licensing and necessary clearances. House Busing drivers were approved for Denette Kendall, Barry Regi, and Sierra Middaugh. Chris Seymore was hired as Transportation Coordinator at a stipend of $3,000.


The board accepted the resignation of Pete Hall as the junior varsity basketball coach for the purpose of accepting the varsity boys basketball coaching position.

During public comment, Lori Kendall thanked the board for approving the band trip to the collegiate marching band festival, then went on to express concerns about the future of the band. She also touched on remediation in reading at the high school level.

Members of the board present were Kathy Baker, Brian Barton, Margaret Bolinger, Janet Fittry, Dulce Hall and Byron Helsel. Board members Merrill Arnold, Damon Schoen and Kirby Shoemaker were absent. Others present were Heidi O’Neal, Randy Gelvin, Maria Scott-Bollman, Kristie Hoh-man, Chris Seymore and Lori Kendall.

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