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Routine business conducted at Bellwood-Antis

Although the Aug. 12 meeting of the Bellwood-Antis School District focused mainly on the retirement of superintendent Rodney Kuhns and the welcoming of new district leader Brian Toth, there were other matters before the district that needed attention.
Perhaps the most notable was the school board’s recognition of the district’s Safety Committee members. This small group of individuals received certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Members include Dick Butterbaugh, Larry Detwiler, Nona George, Mary Gunsallus, Bob Mullan, Mary Saylor and Ken Swanson.
In athletic news, the district noted that the girls’ volleyball team will play five-game sets this year, rather than three. Because of this, the board approved the change in the volleyball referee stipend from $50 to $60 for the JV varsity volleyball games.
In other business, the board:
•approved the school bus routes, stops and times for the 2003-04 school year;
•received information that all school busses of the district passed inspection except two. Minor problems were found, but fixed;
•approved the listing of wages and salaries for school district employees for the 2003-04 school year
•approved the bids for milk and bread supplies for the 2003-04 school year;
•approved the lunch prices and the ala carte price list for the 2003-04 school year. School lunch prices will remain the same for elementary, middle and high school students;
•approved the appointment of voting delegates David Worthing and John Shaffer to participate in the PSBA Legislative Policy Council meetings;
•approved the list of district substitutes for the 2003-04 school year;
•approved the following mentor teachers – Paula Kauffman, half-year for Jodi Rice, beginning Aug. 25 through mid-September (Ruda Burns – maternity leave); Lynn Stine, beginning mid-September through Dec. 19 (Angela Coleman – maternity leave); Sue Kovensky – Stephanie Burner – new social studies teacher; and Alice Flarend – Erin Krug – Earth Science substitute teacher;
•approved the following volunteers for the 2003-03 school year pending receipt of their clearances: Katie Dickson will volunteer in Cathy Moriarity and Katie Cowher’s room; Beverly Crabtree will volunteer in Lee Hoffman’s room; Mary Shuma will volunteer in Lee Hoffman’s room; Deb Bollinger will volunteer in Karen Gibbon’s room; Don and Josephine Mills will volunteer in the middle school. Both have their clearances; Betty Kaup, volunteer for learning support; Susan Nycum, volunteer coach for cross country; and Rhonda Gensamer, volunteer coach for junior high girls’ basketball;
•accepted, with regret, the resignation of Deborah Goldstein effective July 11;
•approved Stacey Krepps as kindergarten aide to work with teacher Vonda Goertz at the salary of $9.25 beginning Aug. 25;
•approved a request from Kathy Cowher for a medical sabbatical leave for the entire 2003-04 school year;
•approved a request from John Grohol for a medical sabbatical leave for the first semester of the 2003-04 school year;
•approved a request from Karen Gibbons for a medical sabbatical leave for the first semester of the 2003-04 school year;
•approved a leave of absence for child rearing purposes for John Goodman for the first marking period of the 2003-04 school year;
•approved Tricia Maceno as a long-term substitute teacher for Katie Cowhers third grade classroom for the 2003-04 school year at a prorated salary of $26,460 plus benefits;
•approved Kathy Calhoun as long-term substitute teacher for John Grohol’s fourth grade classroom for the first semester of the 2003-04 school year at a prorated salary of $26,460 plus benefits;
•approved Erin Krug as long-term substitute teacher for Jon Goodman’s high school Earth and Space Science teaching position for approximately 9 to 18 weeks at a prorated salary of $23,520 without benefits;
•approved Susan Nelson-Zong as middle/high school librarian beginning Aug. 25 at a salary of $56,058;
•approved William Imler as a part-time custodian for a minimum of eight hours per week effective Aug. 13 at a wage of $8.90 per hour;
•approved Kristeen Kissell as SADD advisor for the 2003-04 school year at a salary of $326.05;
•approved Christine Claar as Peer Counseling Advisor for the 2003-04 school year at a salary of $326.05;
•approved Stephanie Burner as assistant varsity volleyball coach for the 2003-04 season at a salary of $1,702.40;
•approved Erin Krug as assistant cross country coach for the 2003 season at a salary of $1,271.94;
•approved David Peterson be employed in the LS Work Study Program for three hours per day at $5.15 per hour for the 2003-04 school year;
•approved per diem pay for the following teachers to facilitate the staff changes that are a result of filling the middle/high school librarian position: Susan Nelson-Zong, four days; Deb Goldstein, one day; and Susan Nycum, one day;
•approve that Cindy Eicher’s time be increased from half-time to full-time status. She will assume the half-time district teaching responsibilities in seventh grade English available because of the transfer of Susan Nelson-Zong to the library position;
•approved Eugene McConnell as a substitute custodian for the 2003-04 school year, pending receipt of clearances;
•learned Pat Daugherty has bid from an 8-hour bus driving position to a 5-hour position effective Aug. 25; and
•learned Nona George has bid from a 5-hour bus driving position to an 8-hour position effective Aug. 25.
The next meeting of the Bellwood-Antis School Board of Directors is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the high/middle school cafeteria.