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INDIANA: School board OKs admission waiver to soccer games

by on August 26, 2014 10:59 AM

Taking a gamble that more fans would attend Indiana Area Senior High School soccer games if it cost nothing to get it, the soccer boosters organization has offered to donate $4,200 to have school officials waive the admission fee.

The district school board accepted the boosters’ offer Monday, agreeing to accept a contribution that matches the district’s profit from home soccer games last year. The total gate was about $4,900 but the district paid $700 to staff the ticket booths.

District Superintendent Dale Kirsch said the district would prefer to have the donation “up front,” but that the boosters may depend on the concession stand profits to pay the district.

“It’s a noble experiment,” board President Thomas Harley said. “I appreciate them stepping up.”

Harley and board members John Barbor, Hilliary Creely, Deborah Clawson, Robert Gongaware, Diana Paccapaniccia, Brian Petersen and John Uccellini approved the donation and all other matters on a brief agenda. Director Julia Trimarchi-Cuccaro was absent.

The board also:

• Approved a change to the district’s bus transportation contract with STA Krise Bus Service. To help Krise defray its expenses for “a costly excavating and paving project” at the district-owned bus garage, Krise will be excused from adding two new buses to its fleet for the 2015-16 school year.

The district also agreed to extend this year’s designated base price of $1.50 a gallon for gasoline, diesel and propane through the next four school years and to pay the fuel costs above the base through the 2018-19 school year.

• Accepted a donation of landscaping and flower beds to be installed at East Pike Elementary School by district student Brian Bowersox as an Eagle Scout project in conjunction with a shade structure being built by Payton Smith.

• Rescinded a vote taken in July to hire Diana Snyder as a special education teacher in the Alpha Program, and hired Nicole Small to fill the job at a salary of $66,105.

• Approved a job description, performance objectives and evaluation protocol for the district’s assistant superintendent Jeffrey Boyer. The combined document is required by state law for administrators hired after September 2012.

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