Indiana Area board rescinds Horace Mann roof motion
The Indiana Area School Board has rescinded a motion asking an Ohio company to design repairs for the Horace Mann Elementary School roof.
On Monday, the board rescinded the original Feb. 14 motion that asked Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, of Cleveland, to first complete a study of the school's wooden portion of the roof and then design repairs for a possible upgrade.
School directors had passed the original motion when they were still considering upgrades to several buildings after the completion of a district-wide facilities study. Horace Mann was also talked about as a candidate for closure.
Directors have backed off on any major projects since four incumbents were defeated by challengers in the May primary election.
The district had been slated to pay up to $22,700 to WJE for designing the roof upgrades. The company's report on the roof was already submitted to the board in April. The report stated it would likely cost the district between $100,000 and $230,000 to make recommended structural repairs to the roof, but also said there was no immediate danger to students in the building.
"We just decided to hold it off until (the next board) starts looking at all the elementary buildings," said board member Doug Steve.
In other matters, the board approved the transfer of Marilyn Walther from the junior high assistant principal position to the principal post at Ben Franklin Elementary School. The board also approved a $2,250 increase to her 2011-12 salary as a result of the transfer.
Walther's transfer is part of some administrative reshuffling that has allowed the district to eliminate one administrator position after the resignation of junior high principal Chris Stultz at the end of last school year.
Stultz has been replaced by Jill Earman, who has served previously as the district's curriculum coordinator. On Monday, the board approved a compensation payment of $7,500 for Earman while she is serving as the principal.
The junior high principal position will remain vacant, but former Ben Franklin Principal Michael Minnick will serve as the sixth-grade principal at the junior high.
In 2011-12, sixth grade is moving from the elementary level to the junior high while ninth grade is moving up to the senior high.
Also Monday, the board accepted the bid from Denver Equipment Co. to replace two serving lines and install another serving line at the senior high cafeteria for a total amount of $146,163.45.
School officials are expecting the new serving lines will help increase efficiency and encourage more students to purchase the school lunch.
In another cafeteria matter, the board increased the price for adult breakfast prices by 10 cents in order to stay within federal guidelines.
The National School Lunch Program requires at least a 36-cent differential between student and adult breakfast prices. The board had previously approved breakfast prices with a 35-cent differential at $1.60 for adults and $1.25 for secondary students.
The new price for adult breakfast will be $1.70 beginning next school year.
Five new teachers were hired by the board Monday: Genna Chilson, family and consumer science, $58,635; Amanda McAnulty, Spanish, $63,038; Sarah Kovach, special education; Claire Greenhill, special education $60,217; Kayla Taylor, German, $58,635.
The board also:
• Added a ticket seller and ticket collector to the event staff for soccer (evenings and Saturdays only), volleyball and junior high football (evenings only) at pay rates of $30 and $27, respectively, for each position. Volleyball will have two ticket collectors.
• Approved a contract with the Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (COSM) for physician services for the 2011-12 school year at a cost of $5,000.
• Granted a leave of absence to custodian Beverly Fedder until May 31, 2012.
• Approved an affiliation agreement with Indiana University of Pennsylvania for pre-clinical practicum and student teaching experiences.
While there is not a special meeting scheduled for July, the board is expected to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday night to hire a senior high principal.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Trueman sparks North Allegheny’s 14-0 victory over Seneca Valley
- High school roundup: Greensburg Salem shocks Gateway in opener
- Fumbling foreign policy
- Thomas Jefferson runs past Ringgold
- Jeannette rips Riverview in Class A debut
- Franklin Regional security guard fighting to get job back
- Murray runs wild in Steel Valley victory
- Penn Hills takes advantage of turnovers, routs Upper St. Clair
- Corbett team rails at pollster
- Steelers claim former Cowboys cornerback Webb
- Harrison shines again as Pirates clip Reds, 2-1