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BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG: School board approves equipment upgrade

by on May 23, 2014 10:54 AM

SALTSBURG — The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District will update its aging radio system under a plan approved at Wednesday’s meeting.

The new system is expected to cost $45,000.

School resource officer Michael Schmidt attended the meeting, saying the old radios do not work in all areas of the schools. The new radios will piggyback on Indiana County’s new radio system.

The radios will be funded by money from the technology budget and capital reserve.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the use of $14,369.50 from the capital reserve fund to complete the purchase and installation of School Gate Guardian Systems for each school. The remainder of the project is funded by a Safe Schools grant of $25,000. Among the features of the system is a license check, which will provide background information about those entering the schools. Systems will be placed at the doors to each building.

• Renewed an agreement with ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 for participation in the guest teacher program for $600 for the 2014-15 year.

• Approved an agreement with Adelphoi Education Services for 2014-15. The cost is $74.23 per day for alternative education and Your Education Success for regular education, and $82.50 per day for alternative education and Your Education Success special education.

The board also approved an agreement for day treatment services.

• Renewed a subscription to software provider Study Island for $20,865 for the 2014-15 year.

• Approved a three-year subscription to Nearpod for classroom use through the ARIN IU consortium for up to 75 teachers not to exceed a cost of $7,500. Nearpod provides applications and support for multimedia presentations. The board also renewed a subscription for Discovery Streaming at a cost not to exceed $2,000 through the consortium.

• Approved a contract with ARIN IU 28 to have Jeanie Hertzler for the Year 3 Keystones to Opportunity data liaison/literacy coach. The position is funded through a grant.

• Approved the final payment not to exceed $58,500 to Pearson Education for Prentice Hall Literature Common Core 2015, grades 9 to 12 English courses.

• Approved the following field trips at no cost to the district: SMHS seniors, Cedar Point, May 27; SMHS eighth grade, Lowe’s Waterfront Theater at a date to be determined; and BMHS Remembering Adam members, grades 8 to 12, Latrobe Family Cinema, May 27.

• Approved the following conference and workshop requests: Special education Director Regina Geesye, PDE Special Education Leadership Conference, July 28-31, Bedford Springs, $851.40; Eric Kocsis, business manager, Local Government Conference, Hershey, July 14 and 15, not to exceed $1,400; and Tracy Richards, Jeanie Hertzler, Lauren Falcsik and Ian Magness, KtO Pennsylvania Literacy Conference-Innovations in Literacy, Penn State, June 17-19, no cost to the district.

• Approved the following supplemental positions: Mary Jo Fadden, SMHS band director and choral director; Jason Mottillo, SMHS assistant band director; Tracy Richards, SMHS cheerleading varsity assistant coach; Jenifer Little, SMHS cheerleading junior high coach with Cara Coulter as assistant; John Reed, SMHS boys’ basketball junior high coach, with Justin Reed as assistant; Stephanie Simpson, SMHS junior high volleyball coach, with Angie Evanichko as assistant; Nathan Bundy, BSSD boys’ soccer head coach, with John Humphrey as assistant; Samantha McFarland, BSSD girls’ soccer head coach; John Chernega, SMHS golf coach; Holly Tonkin, BMHS 10th grade class adviser; and Tonia Ferri, BMHS varsity cheerleading assistant coach.

• Approved the following volunteers for SMHS football: Marty Steele, Brannon Pate, Josh Hammack and Mason Kuntz; and BMHS football volunteers Justin Snyder, David Doak, Frank Berzansky, Ab Dettorre, Dan Shirley, Jim Meighan and Erik Fous.

• Approved the following leaves of absence: Leah Onorato, SMHS learning support teacher, retroactive from April 22 through June 9; Susan Piper, BMHS guidance secretary, intermittent from Friday for about 10 days; and Kimberly Henigin, BMS reading specialists, from Wednesday through June 10.

• Will advertise vacancies for the following: mid-level math with health and PE; family and consumer science; elementary; and reading specialist/elementary.



Margaret Harper has served as a Gazette staff writer since 2006. She covers Clymer Borough, the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District and Blairsville court, and also works in the areas of layout, design and editing. She can be reached at mharper@indianagazette.net.
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