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By Rachel Basinger
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

Connellsville Area School Board directors approved on Wednesday more than a dozen curriculum requests, effective for the 2013-14 school year.

Director Gary Wandel commended the teachers and administrators involved in the proposed curriculum changes.

“They've been working very diligently to revise our curriculum, to change it to better prepare our students for the Keystone Exams, for college, for AP courses, and to better prepare them all around,” he said. “A tremendous amount of work goes into coming up with these courses.”

Keystone Biology Tutorial was approved at the senior high. Biology A, Biology B, Algebra I Part A, Algebra I Part B, 3D Art I, 3D Art II and Anatomy and Physiology were approved.

Directors also agreed to change Earth and Space Science from a required course in ninth grade to an elective course.

Keystone Module 1: Fiction Tutorial, Keystone Module 2: Non-Fiction Tutorial, Keystone Algebra I: Module I Tutorial and Keystone Algebra I: Module 2 Tutorial were all approved.

Piano II and Musical Theatre Arts II were approved at the senior high.

Also approved were College Prep History of Modern Times at Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center and a revised Automotive Technology course description at the center.

In other business, directors approved several supplemental contracts for this spring as well as for the 2013-14 fall season.

Nearly $8,000 of supplemental salaries were OK'd for the upcoming spring sports season, including senior high track assistant coach Amy Durstine; senior high co-track assistant coach Mary Beth Giles; senior high baseball assistant coach Mark Riggins; senior high baseball ninth-grade coach William Farrell; and junior high softball head coach Lora Maddas.

Regarding supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year, directors approved just over $17,000 of supplemental salaries, including senior high football assistant coaches Brian Giachetti and Jason Bandemer; senior high volleyball coach Casey O'Brian; and junior high girls soccer head coach Matt Green.

Frank Bryner was approved as a volunteer softball coach for the 2012-13 school year.

Under personnel moves, Andrea Lowden was approved as a long-term social studies substitute and John Boskovich, a long-term special-education substitute. Janal Ferguson was hired as a special-education teacher, effective Feb. 14.

Regarding finances, directors approved the 2012 real estate settlements, subject to audit, and approved the Intermediate Unit I 2013-14 general-obligation budget in the amount of $2,024,659, which includes the district's contribution of $38,312.54.

A three-year contract with Energy Curtailment Specialists and ClearChoice Energy for the Emergency Demand Response Program was approved with a revenue of $61,650 over the life of the contract.

Regarding special education, directors approved the operation of two extended-school-year programs at Dunbar Township Elementary School from June 18 through July 25. They also approved the Colonial Alternative School Consortium Agreement between the Intermediate Unit I and the district, effective July 1, 2013, through and including June 30, 2016.

Regarding the district's buildings and grounds, directors approved change orders more than $96,000 dealing with the high school renovations.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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