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Ligonier Valley School District plan on display

| Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A draft of Ligonier Valley School District's comprehensive plan will be on public display until Oct. 7, as the school board approved the draft at its meeting Monday.

Superintendent Chris Oldham presented a slide show outlining the plan's components, such as district concerns, accomplishments, action plans and the results of a district needs assessment. The comprehensive plan addresses the district's goals for July 2014 through June 2017.

“That document is substantial, and I think it provides us with an outstanding road map for the next three years,” Oldham said.

Members of the public can view the plan at any of the district buildings. They can provide feedback by calling the administrative office at 724-238-5696 or sending an email to compplan@lvsd.k12.pa.us.

After feedback is considered, the plan will be up for board approval at the October or November meeting. If it is approved, it will be submitted to the state Department of Education for approval, Oldham said.

The board also approved providing meals to students at Holy Trinity Elementary School at no cost to the district. Cost of the meals will be covered by the price of the meals for Holy Trinity students.

The board approved a fee for services contract to Thomas Kayda to provide district athletic director services for the 2013-2014 school year, pending receipt of required clearances and documentation.

During public comment, Ligonier Valley Education Association representative Amy Salay addressed the board about its ongoing teacher contract negotiations, while supporters, wearing their signature blue LVEA shirts, stood from their seats.

“I do not have a formal statement this evening, but I would like to thank the many parents, students, families and community members who are supporting us as we attempt to move forward in the collective bargaining process,” Salay said. “I would also like to thank my colleagues who are in support of the many students and families in this district, who have continued to work for approximately 436 days without a contract. There has been no disruption in the educational process for our students. It is my sincere hope that we can continue the collective bargaining process to arrive at a fair and equitable agreement that truly reflects our worth as educators.”

Prior to the meeting, members of the LVEA lined the road leading up to the school holding signs with statements regarding the contract issue, such as “Voice your concerns,” “400+ days without a contract,” and “LV teachers still waiting.”

Oldham said the board and the teachers continue to negotiate.

“I think both sides are wanting to reach an agreement, and we'll continue to work towards that,” Oldham said.

The next school board meeting will be held Oct. 14.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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