2015-08-20 / Front Page

Central Fulton Acts On Personnel Matters

“Tom Sawyer” selected as 2016 high school musical
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
NEWS EDITOR

With the days winding down to the start of the 2015-16 school year, members of the Central Fulton School Board took action last Tuesday evening on a variety of personnel-related matters.

Among the items unanimously approved by the board was the decision to allow Josh Strait, Brent Pistner and Kenny Welsh to share the title and position of game manager. In addition, the board accepted letters of resignation from elementary girls basketball coach Meagan Raville and Varsity Club advisor Michelle Eichelberger.

Turning their attention to other extracurricular matters, the board approved multiple individuals for placement on the extracurricular activity salary scale for the new school year. Those receiving a nod of approval were:

 Tobias McGarvey, girls soccer head coach, $3,520

 Todd Palmer, girls soccer junior varsity coach, $1,895

 Erin Chafardon, girls soccer volunteer coach

 Christopher Mellott, boys soccer junior varsity coach, $2,720

 Jeffrey Glenn, coed soccer junior high coach, $1,745

 Crystal Glenn, coed soccer volunteer coach

 A’Leese Dickerson, volleyball junior varsity coach, $2,730

 Kellee Truax, volleyball junior high head coach, $1,745

 Courtney McClure, volleyball junior high assistant coach, $1,645

 Jeremy Reed, boys basketball junior high coach, $1,945

 Joshua Lowery, boys basketball junior high assistant coach, $1,845

 Murray Romig, boys basketball intramural coach, $681.67

 Michelle Eichelberger, softball junior high head coach, $2,295

 Amanda Robinson, Student Council advisor, $1,245

 Josh Strait, Varsity Club advisor, $645

Teachers Angel Knepper, Maureen Litton, Cheryl Cutchall and Kate Carbaugh were given authorization to serve as new teacher induction mentors during 2015-16. Each mentor will receive a $500 stipend for their services.

Tenure status was granted to school psychologist Kristi L. Bagley-Peterson and consumer science teacher Anjuli M. Calhoun Barber. Tenure can only be given if the employee is awarded a satisfactory rating during the last four months of their third year of service, it was noted.

Mallory Welsh-Lockard was transferred by the board from her mid-level ELA teaching position to sixth-grade reading and ELA.

Gabrielle McGarvey of Mc- Connellsburg was brought onboard as a secondary special education teacher at the starting salary $44,031, which includes a $300 stipend for special education. In addition, the board hired Amanda Robinson of Spring Run as a mid-level English teacher with an accompanying salary of $43,731.

MaryAnn Johnson, Warfordsburg, was hired as district secretary at a prorated, starting annual salary of $18,340 retroactive to July 27, and Greencastle resident Kali Ball was hired as a part-time K4 teacher at a rate of $21,865.50.

Gabrielle Kepner of Harrisonville was added to the district’s professional substitute list for 2015-16 . Kepner is certified in English 7-12. Others added to the district’s professional substitute list after having completed emergency certification through Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 are Deborah Cooper, Holly Falkosky, Italia Guarino, Gloria Hurney, Tracey Kimmel, Daniel Leese, Hope Moore, Courtney Schriever, Carolyn Stermer, Annmarie Everhart and Jennifer Buterbaugh. Cooper and Everhart’s approval is pending the district’s receipt of updated clearances.

A secondary teacher was authorized to take a Family Medical Leave Act leave of absence beginning approximately August 26 until on or about October 12. Furthermore, a professional staff member will take a medical leave of absence August 24 through December 31.

The board penned a contract with Larry Stepler to provide band lesson instruction for fourthand fifth-grade students one day weekly through December. Stepler will receive a $50-per-hour rate for his services.

The elementary and middle/high school handbooks were approved for the upcoming 2015-16 school year with necessary changes to names, and dates as was, a request for “Tom Sawyer” to be the high school musical for March 2016.

Approval was granted by the board to bid a new special needs van route for the next school year. According to reports, a number of students are unable to ride a school bus and will require special transportation. Existing vans are currently loaded to capacity, it was noted.

A request by Lynn Reeder to transfer Bus Route #4 and K4 bus routes/contracts to Lynda Strait was denied by the board. In his letter of request, Reeder said Strait provided him with substitute drivers for a two- to threemonth period last year when he was unable to drive. He added in his letter that if the district was not willing to transfer the routes, he would be giving them up.

As part of their decision to deny Reeder’s request, it was stated the transfer did not meet the criteria established in the district’s transfer of routes policy and should be put out to bid out of fairness to other contractors.

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