UNITED: School board schedules special meeting for budget review
ARMAGH — The United School District Board of Directors on Tuesday scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote on a preliminary budget and for other general business.
Board President Don Davis said the board has “some things we want to finalize, some final discussions that we need to do so that we can do the best we can with the budget.”
“We’re just about there, but we didn’t think it was fair to do it tonight and we still have some unresolved issues,” Davis said after Tuesday’s meeting.
Davis said everything will be finalized at next Tuesday’s meeting so they can have the preliminary budget on display for the required amount of time.
The board also approved the Indiana County Technology Center budget for 2013-14. The budget includes a projected share decrease from 2012-13 of 0.96 percent for a total contribution from United of $439,750.
Board member Ronald Moyer said the decrease is because of the way ICTC’s budget was done.
“It’s not that we have (fewer) students,” Davis said, adding that he wasn’t sure how many United students are enrolled in the ICTC program.
ICTC’s total expenditures for 2013-14 are $5,965,928 and total revenues are $3,171,107. Board member Beth Ann Marcus abstained from the vote.
Also approved Tuesday was an increase of 10 cents in lunch prices at the elementary and junior/senior high schools. The cost for elementary will be $2.20 and the high school will be $2.30, in response to the requirements of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Breakfast and reduced lunch prices will remain unchanged. Board members Norma Carpenter and Robert Lichtenfels voted against the increase.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the dual enrollment agreement between United and St. Francis College for 2013-14.
• Approved an articulation agreement between Delaware Valley College and United for students to receive college credit for completing Animal/Vet Science: AS1000 for three credits, at no cost to the student, based on the student successfully completing the Agriculture Science curriculum with a B average and submission of official transcript from the district listing courses and grades received by the student.
• Appointed Dr. Michael Garver as the school district dentist for 2013-14 at $2 per exam.
• Appointed Drs. Henry Baldinucci and Phillip Turco as school district physicians for 2013-14 at a salary of $4,000. Carpenter voted against Turco’s appointment.
• Approved Thomas Hiravi as a music K-12 substitute and Spencer Sadler as an English 7-12 and Library Science K-12 substitute for 2012-13.
• Appointed Jennifer Buchkovich as a homebound instructor for a 10th-grade student for so long as such services are required during the 2012-13 school year at a rate of $35 an hour.
• Approved Darlene Tishock as a substitute teacher for 2013-14, pending receipt of proper documentation.
• Approved Crystal Montgomery as a substitute aide/secretary for 2012-13, pending receipt of proper documentation.
• Approved the elimination of two high school aide positions effective June 6. Davis said the aides were assigned to students who are graduating June 5.
• Elected Marcus as board treasurer for 2013-14 with a bond set at $25,000.
• Accepted a donation of $250 from Sharon DeRubis for the high school library to purchase books in the memory of her brother, Gilbert DeRubis, who was an earth science teacher in the district.
• Allowed the district to participate in a joint operation with Indiana Area School District to host between two and four exchange students from Lycee Saint Paul in Vannes, France, from Oct. 10 to 25.
• Approved a request to waive the fee for the use of district facilities and for the district to assume liability coverage for the Ministerium to conduct a baccalaureate service for the 2012-13 United seniors from 6 to 9 p.m. June 4; as well as a request to waive the fee for use of district facilities and for the district to assume liability coverage for the PTG to conduct the sixth-grade graduation and dance for the 2012-13 sixth-grade class from 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 31.
• Approved four activity requests for approximately 20 students total to attend the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state competition from May 23 to 25 in Shippensburg; an activity request for 41 students to attend the senior class trip to Cedar Point, Ohio, on May 24; and an activity request for six students to attend the Future Farmers of America Activities Week from June 11 to 13 at University Park.