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HOMER-CENTER: Athletic upgrades coming in spring

by on February 15, 2014 10:49 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP — Athletic facility upgrades will be getting under way when the weather breaks this spring at the Homer-Center High School football facility in Homer City.

The school board on Thursday approved the construction of handicapped-accessible features on the home-side bleachers and protective pads for the goal posts at Memorial Field at a cost not to exceed $54,307 by Sports and Recreation Associates. The capital project will be covered by the some of the $349,000 remaining in the district’s high school construction fund.

Board member Gerald Bertig said the spectator seating on the visitors’ side of the field already complies with accessibility standards.

The quorum of five members present at the meeting Thursday — Bertig, Fred Hayes, Joy Sasala, Michael Bertig and President Vicki Smith — approved all items of business on 5-0 votes. Directors Dan Fabin, James McLoughlin, Julie Rado and Sherri Williams were absent.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted with thanks a donation of $394 from the Red Barn Sportsman Club for purchase of archery equipment for the physical education department. The board was told that the club has sent an additional $1,000 contribution for use of the hunting club at the high school.

• Approved Roxanne Rouse and Deanne Magolis to attend a consortium curriculum development workshop Feb. 19 and 20 at Indiana Area Senior High School at a cost to the district of two substitute teachers.

• Permitted Eric Misko and eighth- through 12th-grade students of the life skills class to attend a pre-prom on May 16 at Event Hall near Parkwood at a cost to the district of $231.

• Was told that a new textbook for Biology I will be on display for public review for the next 30 days.

• Approved the district’s continued participation in the pregnant and parenting teen program through the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit at a cost of $900.

• Approved a change in the Electronic Teacher Evaluation Program to include a licensing fee of $772.

• Hired Jennifer Albright, Heather Greene and Tina Busovicki as instructional aides retroactive to Oct. 28 at wages of $8 an hour under a salary agreement for aides. The approval was a formality to document their compensation arrangements on the record.

• Hired Donna Deyarmin as a substitute cleaner effective Monday.

• Hired Paulette Kishlock as Rainbow Room aide at $8 an hour from March 4 through May 2.

• Approved family medical leave of 12 weeks for Cindy Valuchuck.

• Approved Sherry Briscoe, Lori Ginter, Kara Harper, Amanda Spence and Michael Wilber as chaperones for a trip to New York City by the chorus from March 6 to 9.

• Approved volunteer coaches Tony Maggio and Sharon Mechling for girls’ softball and Shawn Steffee and Jason Buggey for track.

• Approved the use of the high school gym for a basketball camp from June 16 to 20 and for a basketball shooting clinic from June 23 to 27 and waived the fees.

• Approved the use of the elementary gym for Homer City Little League tryouts on Feb. 22 at a fee of $73.50 for custodial service.

District Superintendent Charles Koren also reported Thursday that the district’s security enhancement project is under way with a Feb. 28 deadline for completion. Under the project, Johnson Controls Inc. is installing electronic locks and card-key entry systems on the exterior doors of the high school and elementary school and a series of surveillance video cameras inside and outside the buildings at a cost of almost $180,000.

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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