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UNITED: Grant will fund treadmill, rowers

by on May 17, 2014 10:49 AM

EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — A $6,000 grant check directors approved Tuesday from the Highmark Foundation will be used to purchase exercise equipment that will be located at the elementary school.

The money from the foundation is to be used to support projects that are being developed in partnership with community-based organizations to address creating a healthy school environment.

District Superintendent Barbara Parkins said the money will go toward the purchase of a NordicTrack treadmill and two Rogue Fitness rowers. The equipment was purchased in conjunction with the after-school Evergreen Boys and Girls Club program and will be used by the sixth-graders involved in the program, Parkins said. The equipment may also be incorporated into the regular school day at the elementary building, she added.

In other action Tuesday, directors:

• Designated S&T Bank, the Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund and Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust and Invest Program as school district depositories.

• Approved activity requests to attend the PIAA track and field meet in Shippensburg May 23 and 24 for Chris Matava at a cost of $620, Keri Miller and Thomas Whitcomb each at a cost of $520, and Robert Penrose for $2,650. Approximately five students will attend.

• Approved an activity request from Kristie Good to attend the FFA Activities Week at Penn State from June 10-12 at $971, with two students attending.

• Approved the Act 48 Placement Agreement for day treatment services with Adelphoi Education for the 2014-15 school year at $72.75 per day for general alternative education and $80.10 per day for special education services.

• Approved a one-year renewal agreement with Metz to provide food management services for the upcoming school year.

• Approved an agreement with the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped for students to participate in a program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years at $60 per student for vocational assessment testing and $40 per student for half-day pre-vocational/ vocational training.

• Approved the building permit fee for $20,087 to the Indiana Code Division for the Junior-Senior High School Renovation Project.

• Appointed Dr. Michael Garver as the school district dentist for the upcoming school year at $2 per examination.

• Accepted the resignation of Henry Baldinucci as the school district physician at the end of the current school year, and appointed Dr. Phillip J. Turco as the school district physician for 2014-15 with a salary of $8,000.

• Accepted the resignation of Mike Blankenship from the supplemental position of head junior high wrestling coach effective immediately.

• Permitted Parkins to teach classroom discipline and management scheduled at Saint Francis University from June 23 to July 31.

• Requested fee waivers for the use of district facilities for the Ministerium to conduct a baccalaureate service for the 2013-14 United High School seniors from 6 to 9 p.m. June 5; and for the PTG to conduct the sixth-grade graduation and dance from 4 to 10 p.m. May 30.

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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