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UNITED: Board sets meeting for project bids

by on April 13, 2014 1:55 AM

EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — The United school board directors have scheduled a special board meeting for April 22 to consider and approve bids for renovations to the administrative offices and the junior/senior high school and for general business purposes, followed by a budget workshop session.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the high school library.

Board President Don Davis said that the company, HHSDR Architects/Engineers, is “ready to get the bids and would like to get that started.” Davis said they’d like to get started this summer, after school finishes for the year, and that they wouldn’t finish before the start of the school year “but it will not delay the start of school; they’ll work around that.”The renovations include moving the district and high school offices to where the library is now, providing a “more secure entrance” into the school, Davis said. The library will be relocated in the direction of the current offices, but Davis said he is not sure where exactly it will be.

The renovations are part of an $11.3 million improvement project that was recently completed at the elementary school. Davis said the district has some funding left over from bond issues to go toward the project.

In other matters, the board:

• Appointed James Cawley, Michael Lee and Ronald Ofman as homebound instructors at $36 per hour.

• Approved the district’s special education plan report dated July 1 through June 30, 2017. The report is a standard requirement of the state, Davis said, and is posted on the district’s website.

• Accepted the retirement, with regret, of Sophia Harkleroad as aide, effective June 30. Harkleroad served the district for nine years.

• Established June 6 for the 2013-14 graduation date.

• Approved activity requests from Mikel Balsley to attend the PA Junior Academy of Science State Competition at Penn State from May 18 to 20 at $1,380, with four students attending; as well as from Lorraine Allman at a cost of $170 for the same event.

• Approved activity requests from Brian Manges to attend the Senior High State Envirothon Competition at Susquehanna University from May 20-21 at $434.90, with five students attending; as well as from Kristie Good at a cost of $170.

• Approved activity requests from Francine Ressler to attend the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., on May 22 at no cost to the district; and from John Dunn, on behalf of the senior high United States history class, to attend the Washington, D.C., trip on May 22 at no cost to the district. Approximately 15 to 20 students will attend.

• Approved the district to participate in a joint operation with Indiana Area School District to host between two and four exchange students from Lycee Saint Paul in Vannes, France, in October.

• Approved a high school student’s participation in the School-to-Employment at PennDOT (STEP) Co-op Internship Program, which begins in July and ends upon the student’s graduation in 2015.

• Approved a contract with Camco Physical and Occupational Therapy LLC and the district to provide physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation services to eligible district students at a rate of $56 per hour. The contract is for one year beginning Aug. 1 and ending July 31, 2015.

• Approved the following supplemental positions for the 2013-14 school year: Marci Beyer, elementary specials team leader, $636.72 retroactive; Lance Holupka, weight room supervisor, $1,147.50 (board member Tommey Heming voted no); Cathleen Harr, junior high girls’ assistant volleyball coach, $1,426.73; and Dennis Rudnik, assistant softball coach, $2,057.80.

• Authorized finance Director G. Thomas Kalinyak to prepare bid specifications and to advertise for bids for the purchase of gasoline for the transportation of students for 2014-15; and to open and tabulate bids for athletic equipment/supplies, industrial arts equipment/supplies, art supplies, vo-agricultural supplies, janitorial supplies and general supplies.

• Approved the district’s participation in a Summer Feeding Program for the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club, funded through the 21st Century Grant.

• Approved Amanda O’Neal as a van driver for the 2013-14 school year.

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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