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HOMER-CENTER: Interact Club established for high school

by on May 17, 2014 10:54 AM

The Homer-Center school board on Thursday voted to establish an Interact Club for senior high school students in conjunction with the Indiana Mid-Day Rotary Cub, with an adviser yet to be determined and with no supplemental salary, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

“We have a long history in our school of giving back to the community, and this gives us another avenue to do that more clearly and concisely,” said high school Principal Jody Rainey.

“I think it’s a good partnership and will expose our students to two things: One, more opportunities to give back to the community, and two, it gives us a chance to connect leaders in our community with our students.

“Networking, I think, is important too.”

In other business, the board:

• Approved a list of 60 seniors qualified to graduate on June 4.

• Approved the purchase of a 2014 Toyota Sienna L van from Colonial Toyota at a cost of $25,313.

The van is used by small groups for travel on district business, said Business Manager Greg Cessna.

Smith said it would replace a vehicle that has become unsafe for use.

• Learned from social studies teacher Christine Yurky that the district’s History Bee, History Bowl and Geography Olympiad teams enjoyed good showings in regional and national competition.

The History Bowl team finished 24th out of 140 teams that qualified for nationals, and student Nick Silveri qualified for national History Bee and geography contests, Yurky said. Silveri ended up ranking 35th in an advanced History Bee round that allowed only 32 students to advance, but reached the finals and finished fifth in the nation in the Quiz Bowl competition.

• Approved a maintenance package for the district’s Alio business software programs from Weidenthammer Systems Corp. at an annual fee of $10,491.

• Approved a contract between the district and Citizens’ Ambulance Service for service during the 2014-015 school year at a cost of $2,525.

• Agreed to pay to the Homer-Center Recreation and Parks board one-third of the cost for a replacement vehicle, to a maximum of $8,350, contingent upon Homer City Borough and Center Township each pledging the same amounts.

The parks department vehicle, used for maintenance, “can no longer tow its own trailer and tow equipment to parks outside of the borough,” Koren said.

• Approved a schedule of planning, committee, and general school board business meetings for August through December.

• Designated First Commonwealth Bank, S&T Bank, the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust and the Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund as depositories for district funds.

• Appointed board member Joy Sasala as board treasurer at a salary of $900 for a year and director James McLoughlin as assistant treasurer.

• Approved James Tyger and Mike Arone as junior high girls’ basketball coaches for the 2014-15 school year.

• Approved the 2013-14 IDEA-B funds agreement with the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit.

• Retroactively approved six band parent volunteers — Gretchen Brubaker, Zachary Gaylord-Everett, Mandy Gorton, Tory Dellafiora, Billie Jo Hurd and Paula Andrie — to travel with the band to Wildwood, N.J., from April 30 to May 3.

• Approved requests for four student field trips, and approved teachers Suzanne Rura, Cindy Scott, Suzanne Parfitt and Christina Bruno to attend a writing seminar May 30 in Greensburg at a cost to the district of $500 and four substitute teachers for one day.



Chauncey Ross is the Gazette’s fixture at Indiana Area and Homer-Center school board meetings, has been seen with pen and notepad in area police stations and courts, and is something of an Open Records Act and Sunshine Law advocate. He also manages the Gazette’s websites and answers your questions about them.
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