MARION CENTER — The Marion Center Area School District directors Monday agreed to donate $1 for each of the district’s approximate 1,400 students to support the start-up of a Challenger Learning Center in Indiana County. The directors in April said they would provide a letter of support to the ad hoc committee working to secure one of the NASA-affiliated learning centers started by survivors of the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986.
The centers are regional science learning facilities where students use math and science skills to perform hands-on experiments in simulated space flights.
There are 48 of the centers. The one proposed for Indiana County would be the first in Pennsylvania.
In personnel actions the directors:
• Accepted the resignation for retirement of Margaret Smith, a second-grade teacher who joined the faculty in 1993, and the planned retirement of John Bomboy as athletic director, effective July 2014.
• Transferred Shannon Race from her part-time eighth-grade reading teaching position to the vacant full-time second-grade teaching position created by Smith’s retirement.
• Set the salary for Bonnie Slater, as the food service director, at $35,500, effective Monday.
• Appointed Ken Kirkland, the district’s maintenance and transportation supervisor, as the director of maintenance/custodial services and transportation, effective Monday. His salary will be $65,395.
• Appointed Bob Steffy as the supervisor of maintenance and custodial services, effective Monday, at a salary of $40,032.
The directors approved the hiring of the following coaches:
• Jaque Miller as the junior high head girls’ basketball coach at a salary of $3,000.
• Travis Trimble as a junior high assistant girls’ basketball coach at a salary of $2,750.
• Fred Glasser as a high school assistant girls’ basketball coach at a salary of $3,960.
• Justin LaMantia as the junior high head boys’ basketball coach at a salary of $3,000.
• Ryan Lightcap as the junior high assistant boys’ basketball coach at a salary of $2,750.
• Nathan Johns as the assistant boys’ basketball coach at a salary of $3,400.
• Brad Smith as the junior high wrestling coach at a salary of $4,410.
• Don Fulmer as the junior high assistant wrestling coach at a salary of $3,300.
• Jeff Lyons as the assistant wrestling coach at a salary of $3,250.
The directors approved the following volunteer coaches: Don Fulmer, football; Bob Young, golf; Jim Rushton and Bob Young, girls’ basketball; Meggan George, cross country; Nichole Dann-Payne and Chris Peters, indoor track; and Nathan Pappal and Ed Turner, wrestling.
In other action the board agreed:
• To solicit bids for the removal of the divided mobile classroom and the small greenhouse at the rear of the high school.
• To have Citizens’ Ambulance Service provide ambulance service for students, staff and visitors participating in school functions at a cost of $2,525; and accepted Dr. J. Lindsay Parks’ bid of $2,500 to perform mandated physicals for students in kindergarten and grades 6 and 11, and nurse consults and review of standing orders.
• To have the Marion Center Area district become a cooperative school allowing Marion Center students to participate on the Indiana Area School District lacrosse teams.
• To combine next month’s meetings into one combined session on July 22, starting at 7 p.m.