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UNITED: Board advances changes in policies for district

by on June 26, 2013 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — United school board members approved on Monday a second reading and adoption to several school board policies.

Board President Don Davis said most of the time the district gets suggested revisions from the Pennsylvania School Board Association that the district follows.

One policy on Monday’s agenda that Davis cited as an example was for booster organizations and parent-teacher groups. Those changes are just regarding legal protocol that needs to be taken in terms of how the organizations keep their money and how they spend it.

Another example was the evaluation of requests by students and employees regarding service animals, and how miniature horses were added as service animals.

Superintendent Barbara Parkins said the policy used to be dogs, but now it’s dogs and miniature horses.

“So if somebody says, ‘I want to come in and bring my dog or my miniature horse,’ this is how we evaluate that request,” Davis said, adding those are the kind of issue that “mostly comes down the pipe that we have to address.”

Also Monday, board members approved a technology support services agreement with ARIN IU 28 to purchase support services from technology technician II Boyd Bracken for $64,680, beginning Monday through June 30, 2014.

Davis said the agreement is a continuation of services through ARIN.

In other business, the board:

• Scheduled July’s work session for 6 p.m. July 23 in the high school library, followed by a special board meeting. No regular board meeting will be held July 9.

• Eliminated a vacant full-time high school custodial position as of June 30.

• Approved participation in the ARIN IU 28 Automated External Defibrillator Replacement Consortium for 2013-14, with four units replaced at a cost of $740.

• Accepted the resignation of David Small from his supplemental position of assistant football coach, effective immediately.

• Created supplemental positions of media coordinator and media production coordinator for the district’s newsletter at $740 each. Davis said the district had previously cut a media position, but is creating these positions because of the importance of the district to be able to reach out and communicate with the public.

• Gave approval for the district to host the annual Indiana County Chorus Festival on Nov. 21 and the Indiana County Music Educators Association County Band Festival on Jan. 24, 2014.

Heather Carlson is the wire editor and an assistant web editor for The Indiana Gazette. She covers courts, Saltsburg and Homer City borough councils and Penns Manor and United school districts, in addition to writing feature articles. She can be reached at
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