Board reschedules graduation

LEWISTOWN – Due to numerous school cancellations this winter, the graduation ceremonies for Mifflin County High School have been pushed back several times and barring any more snow storms, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors on Thursday approved June 10 as graduation day for MCHS seniors.

Vance Varner, director of secondary education, recommended June 10, the 180th day of instruction, as the date to hold the ceremony, which is set for 6 p.m. at Mitchell Field in Lewistown. Varner said in the event of rain, the graduation would be planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, also at Mitchell Field. Should rain continue to fall on Tuesday, the ceremony would be moved to the Mifflin County High School gymnasium, also at 6 p.m. “In the event of that happening, parents will be notified via Skylert,” Varner said.

In other business Thursday, Superintendent James Estep, in response to recent questions by some members of the board, is recommending a separate meeting be held in April to go over action plans taken by several principals in reaction to last year’s low Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores in a number of buildings.

“I think it’s important to give the board an update on some of the things that have been put into place,” Estep said, adding he feels a separate meeting to discuss curriculum would be in order rather than having the presentation be a part of the April committee-of-the-whole meeting, which is set for April 18.

Estep said he would poll board members after Thursday’s meeting and announce the meeting date and time in the near future.

In other business Thursday, the board:

Approved the deletion of Travis Mazzoni from the custodial substitute list.

Accepted the resignation of Tracy Bastress, custodian at Mifflin County Middle School, due to other employment.

Approved a request to exonerate County Treasurer Janice Peachey from collecting roll-back taxes from David and Katie Pecht in the amount of $1,731.78.

Approved a request from Miffco to approve exonerations of occupation tax in the total amount of $4,343.81.

Approved the firm of Young, Oakes, Brown & Co. to provide the school district financial and single audit for the years ending June 30, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the amount of $27,625 for 2013, $28,450 for 2014 and $29,300 for 2015.

Approved Clair Diven as a bus driver for Fisher Brothers Inc.

Approved the addition of Jason Logan, mentally and physically handicapped K-12 certification, to the substitute teacher list.

Approved the hiring of Jason Logan as a learning support teacher at Mifflin County Middle School effective March 7.

Approved the addition to Michelle Hannon to the cafeteria substitute list.

Approved the adjustment of the retirement date for Sally Weston to June 17 due to a snow day resulting in the change to the school calendar.

Approved the following additions to the substitute teacher list: Jennifer Royer, all subject areas; Casey Drake, all subject areas; and Dusty W. Sipes.

Approved the addition of Lesa Moist to the substitute paraprofessional list.

Approved the recall of Allison D’Ambrosia from furlough status to the position of science/biology teacher effective with the 2013-14 school year.

Approved a voluntary resignation from Allison D’Ambrosia do to the declination of a job offer effective March 19.

Accepted the resignation of Joanne Williams, language arts teacher at Strodes Mills Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year due to retirement.

Approved the following volunteer coaches for the spring season: Holly Yeager, track; Mandy Hall, junior high field hockey; and Sean Heckert, baseball.

Approved the following winter coach hires for the 2013-14 school year: Aaron Gingrich, head boys basketball; Kevin Kodish, head girls basketball; J. Kirby Martin, head wrestling; Scott Gantz, head winter track; Collette Bender, head winter cheerleading; and Connie Welch, swimming.

Approved the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 general operating budget for 2013-14 in the amount of $3,410,912.