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EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — School directors at United on Tuesday approved a $19,000 proposal with a security firm for threat preparedness consulting services.

Gittings Protective Security Inc. out of Ebensburg is a contractor that works with some of the other area school districts, board President Eric Matava said.

“They will consult with us about our security plans and those kind of things,” Matava said by phone Wednesday.

Districts that have worked with the company include Indiana Area and Penns Manor Area.

The proposal is for a two-year term, beginning Wednesday, through Sept. 12, 2021. The cost is broken down into $12,000 for the first year and $7,000 for the second, and is covered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Act 44 Grant.

Also Tuesday, the board hired Paul Miller as a custodian with an annual salary of $37,620 under the currently expired collective bargaining agreement. Miller will replace Shawn Berezansky, whose resignation effective Sept. 2 was accepted by the directors at Tuesday’s meeting.

Miller will start as a probationary employee for the first 30 workdays of employment and will be paid during that time at a per diem rate calculated utilizing an annual salary equal to 85 percent of the aforementioned salary. His salary is subject to change as a result of negotiations between the district and the United Educational Support Personnel Association on the terms of a new successor collective bargaining agreement.

Board members and United administrators also recognized Jakob Dixon for his achievement of earning the title of national champion in the sheet metal event at the 56th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June in Louisville, Ky.

Dixon, a senior in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning program at Indiana County Technology Center, was one of more than 6,500 career and technical education students competing in 103 different trades.

“We’re very proud of him,” Matava said.

In other business Tuesday, the directors voted to:

• Award a service contract for $24,627 to Havtech for the servicing and any necessary repairs of the HVAC units for the central administrative offices.

• Approve activity requests from Francine Ressler, Cindy Wallace and Courtney Rozsi to attend the Attendance/Child Accounting Professional Association Fall Conference from Oct. 12 to 15 in Hershey, each at a cost of $1,382.

• Permit one guest French student from Vannes, France, to visit the high school from Oct. 12 through 24, in partnership with the Indiana High School French Department, at no cost to the district. The student will reside with a United student and his family, who also will be providing transportation for the student.

• Approve a dual enrollment agreement between the district and Mount Aloysius College for the 2019-20 school year at a tuition fee of $55 per credit, to be paid by the student.

• Accept a donation of $930.18 to the district library fund in memory of former board member Trudy DeRubis.

• Approve a contract with R&H Theatricals for the performance of “White Christmas,” to be performed by the high school Nov. 14-17 at a cost to the district of $2,270.

• Authorize an agreements between the district and the Alternative Community Resource Program for services provided at the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program for regular and special education students in middle and high school requiring academic, behavioral, mental health and other prescribed support services at a cost of $100 per day per enrolled student, not to exceed 180 days, for the current school year; and for services provided at the Center for Achievement for School for students in kindergarten through fifth grade diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at a cost of $155 daily per student, also not to exceed 180 days, for the current year.

• Approve an agreement between the district and New Story for one student at a cost of $308 per day for the 2019-20 school year.

• Authorize the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission Student Assistance Program between the district and the commission for the current school year, where the commission agrees to provide a drug and alcohol SAP liaison to each Student Assistance Core Program at no cost to the district.

• Approve an agreement between United and Appalachia Intermediate Unit #8 ESL Consortium for the current school year at a cost not to exceed $3,593.30.

• Appoint Ryan Long as a homebound instructor for a second-grade student for so long as such services are required during the school year, at $39 per hour; and Valerie Gapshes as a homebound instructor for a fifth-grade student at $39 per hour.

• Approve Brianna Adkins for the supplemental position of musical choreographer for 2019-20 at a salary of $400.

• Accept the resignation, with regret, of Carrie Aloi from her supplemental position of majorette adviser effective Oct. 31.

• Approve Elizabeth Bracken, Mary Jo Faith and Harriet Payne as substitute elementary K-6 teachers and Ashley Burkhardt as a substitute social studies 7-12 teacher for 2019-20.

• Approve Jessica Steiner-Curcio, RN, as a substitute nurse for the school year.

• Hire Dana Coiner as a long-term second-grade substitute teacher, whose term of service is anticipated to be from Sept. 24 through Dec. 19.

• Authorize Raymond Rodkey, Jamie Wagner and James Arford as van drivers for 2019-20.