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UNITED: Two firms selected for bond issuance

by on June 13, 2014 10:50 AM

EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — The United school board directors on Tuesday appointed two Pittsburgh firms to handle an upcoming issuance of bonds by the district that could total $1 million.

Underwriting firm Janney Montgomery Scott LLC was chosen to represent the district in the bond issuance and to prepare all documents necessary, with underwriting fees fixed in the aggregate amount of $17,500.

Law firm Lynch and Lynch was selected as bond counsel to prepare all legal documentation regarding the bond issuance, with legal fees and out-of-pocket expenses fixed in the aggregate amount of $8,500.

The bond issuance is for the high school renovations that currently are under way, district Superintendent Barbara Parkins said. The district is looking to float approximately $1 million for the bond issue, Parkins and board President Don Davis said.

The project is for upgrades that needed to be done at the high school, Davis said, but mainly for security reasons — namely, putting in safer entrances.

Parkins said she believes the bonds will start after August’s meeting, possibly early September.

In other business Tuesday, board members:

• Approved a 10-cent increase in lunch prices at both the elementary and the junior-senior high school. Elementary lunches will be $2.30 and the junior-senior high lunch price will be $2.40 in response to requirements of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Breakfast and reduced-lunch prices remain unchanged. Board member Tommey Heming voted no.

• Approved an agreement between Link Computer Corp. and the district at a cost of $57,978 for the virtual server project, to be funded within the existing 2014-15 technology services department budget.

• Approved the day treatment agreement with Adelphoi Education for 2014-15 as per the tuition rate of $50.94 for educational services per student per each day of enrollment for the provision of alternative education; and at a tuition rate of $56.02 per student per day for special education, facilities, staff equipment, materials, etc.

• Approved a revised agreement with Citizens’ Ambulance to provide ambulance service for the district’s students, staff and visitors while on school premises or while participating in school functions or activities for a total revised cost of $2,550 for 2014-15, a $150 difference for one additional home game. The cost includes all junior high, junior varsity and varsity home football games.

• Approved the amended professional services agreement with Catapult Learning LLC to provide Title I instructional services in reading and/or math for qualifying nonpublic students enrolled at St. Bernard’s Learning Center, White Township, in the amount of $2,837.50, or $913.50 per student, for the term of Sept. 1, 2013, through June 30.

• Approved a VNA client services agreement for extended home care at $37.50 per hour Monday through Friday, for a licensed practical nurse for a student. The student is coming with those services already, Parkins said, so the district is extending that nursing service to the individual.

• Rejected all bids pertaining to the purchase of gasoline for student transportation for 2014-15 and authorized the finance director to rebid the purchase. Parkins said the district received two bids with paperwork that was completed incorrectly. The two entities who submitted the original bids can resubmit with the correct paperwork, she said.

• Approved an agreement with New Story to provide services for a student or students for 2014-15 at $170 per day and any other related service costs as needed.

• Approved a contract with BAYADA Nurses Inc. to provide RN services for a student for 2014-15 at $44 per hour effective July 1 through June 30, 2015. The student has had that agency for a number of years, Parkins said. The district has had a contract with BAYADA previously, Davis said, and this is just to continue the contract for the next school year.

• Approved the annual maintenance and support agreement with Esber Cash Register for $450 for two machines at the elementary and for $570 for three machines at the high school.

• Approved an agreement for the district to participate through the statewide consortium service for Discovery Streaming at 82 cents per student for the upcoming school year. Discovery Streaming is like a virtual field trip teachers can use in their classrooms, Parkins said.

• Approved the Aesop customer agreement between United and Frontline Technologies for the annual subscription costing $3,811.50 for 2014-15.

• Approved a request from elementary guidance counselor Christin Arthurs for leave without pay under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

• Accepted the resignation of Cathleen Harr from her supplemental position of junior high assistant volleyball coach effective immediately.

• Accepted the resignation of Toni Draksler from her supplemental position of head junior high girls’ basketball coach effective immediately.

• Approved the supplemental salary adjustments for the upcoming school year to now reflect differences of $64.02 for Scott Boring, assistant varsity football coach; and $41.15 for Kenneth Main, junior high assistant football coach.

• Granted tenure to physics teacher Mikel Balsley and French teacher James Dykun for each completing six satisfactory semesters of employment.

• Appointed Francine Ressler as a homebound instructor for an eighth-grade student at $36 per hour for so long as such services are required; and Kathleen Jones as a homebound instructor for a ninth-grade student at $36 per hour for approximately six hours a week or so long as such services are required.

• Extended the homebound instruction of Jennifer Buchkovich to approximately six hours a week to cover core subjects for a ninth-grade student.

• Approved the dual enrollment agreement between the district and Mount Aloysius College for the upcoming school year.

• Approved the attendance of board members and Parkins to PSBA/ PASA/NSBA-sponsored activities during the upcoming school year.

• Accepted a $2,000 donation from IBM Tech to the Robotics Club.

• Approved activity requests from the following to attend the Region 6 Leadership Academy 2014 from July 9-11 in State College: Parkins in the amount of $450.73; finance director G. Thomas Kalinyak in the amount of $422.59; high school Principal Michael Worthington in the amount of $439.60; elementary Principal Lewis Kindja in the amount of $350; and education director Patricia Berezansky in the amount of $350.

• Approved the use of Champion Lakes Golf Course free of charge for golf matches and practices for the upcoming 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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