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PURCHASE LINE: Board accepts resignation of business manager

by SEAN YODER on August 12, 2014 10:49 AM

PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line School District accepted the resignation of Business Manager John Zahorchak Monday night. Zahorchak had worked for the district for only one month.

He was hired during the board’s May voting session and resigned after 30 days. The district will now seek a temporary per diem business manager. Superintendent Joe Bradley did not give a reason for the quick departure but only said Zahorchak decided to return to the Greater Johnstown Area School District. In other business, the board passed a motion approving the AmeriCorps position within the district.

This will place a volunteer within the district through an agreement with Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8. Technology Coordinator Charles Shingle informed the board of coming changes in the FCC’s grant support program for schools, commonly called E-Rate. The school has gotten about $20,000 per year in support of telecommunications technology, but the FCC will now focus more on high-speed Internet, Shingle said.

Grant money will be able to be used for Internet infrastructure. The district will no longer receive free web hosting and reimbursement on local and long distance phone calls will be phased out over the next few years. The changes will go into effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

The new cap on the grant is $150 per student per year. If Purchase Line’s reimbursement rate stays the same, at 80 percent, the district will get about $114,000 over five years if approved, Shingle said.

Bradley got the approval from the board to switch his personal health care to the qualified high deductible plan, saving the district $2,145 over the remaining three years of his contract. Bradley said this is a show of faith in the plan he hopes teachers in the district will also accept.

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