2015-12-10 / Front Page

Morton, Bard Re-elected To Head SFSB

Board searching for new superintendent
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Southern Fulton School Board welcomed three new members last Tuesday in conjunction with their reorganization and monthly meeting and agreed Allen Morton and Pat Bard should continue heading the group in the capacity of president and vice present.

A swearing in ceremony led by district secretary Anita Munson saw incumbents Danny Crouse, Eric Barnhart and Timothy Mellott return to their duties on the school board. The men are joined by newcomers Richard Morgan, Kirk Layton and Donnie Gordon.

In other matters falling under reorganization, the board unanimously agreed to reappoint Mark Mosemann to the joint operating committee of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School. Crouse and Gordon will serve as alternates on the committee.

Barnhart was selected to serve as Pennsylvania School Board Association legislative representative, and Layton will be joining the Warfordsburg Sewer Authority as the school’s representative. In addition, Crouse was selected to serve as the board’s representative on the Southern Fulton School District’s Educational Foundation.

Lori Bard appeared before the board to discuss last month’s decision that saw her position altered from assistant business manager to clerical special education secretary/substitute calls/transportation position. Also on hand from the public during the December 1 meeting was Daryl and Dorothy Hixon. No action was taken by the board following Bard’s comments.

Dariel Pelton was hired as a long-term substitute for thirdgrade teacher Michelle Trail. Pelton’s schedule is tentatively set to run from January 10, 2015, through February 22, 2016.

After several months of ongoing discussions, Superintendent Hervey Hann was instructed to explore other avenues after the board unanimously agreed to table taking action on a feasibility study on adding bleachers, restrooms and storage at the track/soccer field.

A proposal by the district’s Educational Foundation was approved to start an alumni memorial plaque on the brick wall located in the high school cafeteria.

The board returned to a previous discussion on students paying for dances and trips prior to eligibility lists being released and also broached the topics of where senior class money goes following graduation and the date selection for the first day of school as it relates to the date of the county fair.

The board closed out the December 1 meeting with a motion that will allow the district to begin advertising for a new superintendent. In this week’s classified section of the “News,” the district is seeking a superintendent effective July 1, 2016, to oversee the district’s staff and student body of approximately 761 students. Deadline to apply is January 29, 2016.

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