HOMER-CENTER: Chamber helping get school message out
CENTER TOWNSHIP — Getting the good word out about Homer-Center School District’s plays and concerts, the big games and the blue ribbons could be as easy as an email message to the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce.
The Homer-Center school board heard comments Thursday from James Struzzi, the chamber president, who outlined the organization’s programs and missions and offered the chamber’s online resources to help promote school district activities.
Struzzi said the Chamber provides an information-laden weekly email message to thousands of members and non-member subscribers, and offers pages for businesses and other organizations on the chamber’s redesigned website, indiana countychamber.com.
“How can I help Homer-Center School District? As a chamber member, any time you want to put information out there, you send it to me, and I’ll put it into that email that goes out every Friday morning,” Struzzi said. “You’re getting your message to 4,000 people not only in Indiana County, but it includes regional media and subscribers from all over the region.”
In other business, the board:
• Approved board president Vicki Smith to serve as the district’s delegate to the Indiana County Technology Center joint operating committee through December 2016.
• Approved the district’s participation in the Western Pennsylvania Gasoline/ Diesel Fuel Consortium being coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the 2014-15 school year. Business Manager Greg Cessna said the IU administration would later take suppliers’ bids and choose a provider fuel at guaranteed prices for the coming year.
• Adopted a new school board policy governing the public participation in board meetings. Following language recommended by Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the policy limits public comments to five minutes but allows the board president to set a three-minute limit based on the circumstances.
• Hired Laura Ramsey as a special education teacher beginning upon her release from her current employer, at a salary of $57,626 to be pro-rated to the number of days worked in the district.
• Approved John Uccellini as the head girls’ track coach for 2013-14 at a supplemental salary of $4,659 and as the cross-country coach for 2014-15 at a salary to be determined later.
• Authorized faculty members to attend four conferences between January and May, all in Pennsylvania, and granted requests for nine student field trips. Except for a trip by 11th- and 12th-grade honor students to London and Paris in Spring 2015, all are to in-state destinations.
• Renewed an agreement with Indiana University of Pennsylvania concerning student teachers, effective through Nov. 18, 2018.
• Accepted the resignation of Brian Bertig and appointed Aaron Lehman to replace him on the Homer-Center Parks and Recreation board of directors.