District to use alert program

MIFFLINTOWN – A new program approved by the Juniata County School District Board of Directors will help parents stay up-to-date on cancellations and delays in the district.

During a public meeting held Tuesday in Mifflintown, the board carried a motion to approve an agreement with One Call Now for the provision of routine emergency voice, SMS text, text-to-speech and email messaging services to district students, families and staff. Superintendent Richard Musselman said parents will be able to register landline or mobile phones to receive instant updates from the district. He said the system is routinely used for delays and cancellations due to weather events, but will also serve as a safety measure incase of emergency.

One Call Now services will be provided to the district at a cost of $2.50 per student.

Also during the meeting, three members of the East Juniata High School Student Council gave a presentation about the Dance-a-thon held Feb. 1 to 2 at the school. Representative Hannah Erikson said 80 EJHS students attended the event which raised $1,400.

The students said they are now members of the Four Diamonds family, a fund based at Penn State Hershey Medical Center that serves families of children coping with pediatric cancer. The students asked the board to consider allowing EJHS to merge with Juniata High School for an even larger dance marathon next school year.

“It could snowball into a great thing within the district,” Erikson said.

In a short video prepared by the students, they assured the board that the experience was, “Worth it? One hundred times over!” and “It can only get bigger and better Juniata County style.”

Before addressing a number of new business items, Director Danny Snyder announced his intent to create two subcommittees within the board. Ray Page, William Book and Melvin Brubaker volunteered to serve on an East Juniata energy board. Brubaker and Book, with Glenda Leister and Randy Dressler, also volunteered to serve on a board concerning vocational programs within the district.

In other business, the board:

Approved the creation of a Health Occupations program for the 2013-2014 school year, and the submission of an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for program approval.

Approved adoption of the following textbooks for use at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year: Pre-Algebra by Prentice Hall at a cost of $7,335.68; Algebra I by Prentice Hall at a cost of $49,933.80; Algebra II by Prentice Hall at a cost of $13,927.14; and Geometry by Prentice Hall at a cost of $13,603.14.

Approved a contract with the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 to provide hearing support services for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. Musselman said the district had services provided with Mifflin County School District, but needs to fill the position immediately due to staff resignation. Services will be provided at a daily rate of $440. Overtime will be provided at an hourly rate of $63. Mileage will be reimbursed at the IRS-approved rate.

Approved a contract with TIU 11 to provide vision support under the same conditions. Services will be provided at a daily rate of $238.49, and overtime will be paid at an hourly rate of $34.

Approved Capital Area Intermediate Unit to provide hearing support services to two IEP students for the remainder of the school year. Musselman said these services are a necessary supplement to the TIU services.

Approved a request from the EJ Bats and Balls Boosters and EJ Field Hockey Boosters to erect a 4-foot by 8-foot electronic scoreboard on the outside perimeter of the left field fence for baseball and field hockey games.

Approved financial reports and a listing of bills for payment for March 2013.

Approved a transfer of $2 million from the general fund to the capital reserve fund for building or property repair.

Approved the transfer of $1 million from the general fund to the retirement account.

Approved JCSD’s participation in the Multi-County Health Insurance Consortium. The agreement will maintain a means for obtaining health insurance coverage economically, reduce price fluctuations and add predictability to annual coverage costs and assist the district in obtaining access to information and advice regarding the availability, quality and costs of coverage. JCSD will join five other districts in the consortium.

Approved the 2013-2014 TIU general operating budget in the amount of $3,410,912.

Approved Gloria Van Bortel as Beale Township tax collector, effective June 1, to complete the term of Virginia Foltz, who has resigned.

Approved the renewal of a food services contract with Metz Culinary Management for the 2013-2014 school year, at a guaranteed profit of at least $4,568.51.

Approved the first reading of revised JCSD Policy 312, Performance Assessment of Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent. Musselman said the policy is an effect of new legislation that requires superintendents to provide publicly posted goals for the district.

Approved Marvin Reinke, Hannah Wagner and Kaydee Gearhart as substitute teachers and Laurel Gehers as substitute transportation aid.

Approved a contract with Geisinger Sports medicine for the provision of 885 hours of athletic trainer support services at EJHS for the 2013-2014 school year.

Approved Brenda Graybill and Melissa Rowe as volunteer cheerleading advisors for the 2012-2013 school year.

Approved the adoption of a resolution identifying and authorizing Musselman to sign electronic agreements with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.