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Southmoreland to vote on school changes

| Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:21 a.m.

Southmoreland Superintendent John Molnar told directors Thursday there will be a slight revision in the school calendar. Directors will be asked to vote on the revisions at the April 9 board meeting.

Molnar explained that the new teachers' contract eliminates six one-hour meetings included in previous contracts and replaces them with a teacher-work day, which is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Molnar said a policy for student teachers and interns had language updated.

Molnar said that language dealt primarily with arrest and conviction reporting requirements prior to being accepted into district schools.

“They have to list any arrests or convictions they may have had in addition the clearances they have to have,” Molnar said.

Any such problem they may encounter when brought into the district would have to be reported within 72 hours.

Those changes are to be voted on April 9.

Molnar said the district typically has six to eight student teachers in a given school year from colleges such as California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, St. Vincent College and Seton Hill University.

“They learn from us, and we learn from them,” Molnar said.

The board on April 9 will be presented the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit general operating budget for the upcoming school year.

Molnar said Southmoreland's contribution will increase from about $14,900 to $17,200.

He added this is not the special education budget. “This is merely to keep the IU office running,” he said.

In other business, the board will be asked to consider:

• A contract renewal for physical therapy and occupational therapy for 2015-2016 with Camco.

• Permission to advertise for athletic and maintenance supplies.

A district performance review to be presented by Assistant Superintendent Tim Scott is scheduled for the April 9 meeting.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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