Board votes down proposed projects

MIFFLINTOWN As upgrades to school buildings continue throughout the district, the Juniata County Board of School Directors remains careful about staying within its budget.

Several district improvement projects were considered during a meeting held Thursday evening at Fermanagh-Elementary School, but few of them passed the board’s vote.

Two proposed amendments to the Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement with Reynolds Construction failed to earn board approval.

“We need to be lax on spending more money,” said Director Ray Page. “Now’s not the time.”

The board chose not to replace the existing home-side stadium bleachers at Juniata High School at this time. The project had an estimated cost $248,400. A recommendation to remove a collapsing retaining wall at the front of Tuscarora Junior High School at a cost of $46,000 also failed.

A recommendation to modify the football field restoration to include a soccer field was pulled from the agenda.

However, the board OK’ed a funding request from the band at East Juniata High School. Ongoing deliberation about the school’s deteriorating uniforms ended Tuesday with board approval of 70 coats, bibbers, hats and boxes, plumes and garment bags from DeMoulin Brothers and Company. The uniforms will cost $30,918.30.

In other new business, the board:

Approved Richard Daubert to sign any contracts, agreements, grants or licenses with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Approved the purchase of new biology textbooks, at a cost of $25,749.42, eighth grade science textbooks, at a cost of $24,032.21 and general science textbooks, at a cost of $20,265.34.

Authorized the sale of shop equipment and miscellaneous printers to high bidders.

Authorized administration to secure electricity pricing through with Emex via online auction.

Approved Reynolds Energy Services to replace the main power switch gear at EJHS at a cost of $138,340.

Approved a contract with Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for transportation services for the 2014-2015 school year at a rate of $5,000 per student.

Approved a list of buses and drivers for the coming school year.

Approved attendance of a district student at the Capital Area Partial Program at an annual tuition rate of $58,733.

Approved establishing two library media specialist positions, effective at the beginning of the school year.

Approved Rebecca K. Peterson as a seventh grade language arts teacher at Tuscarora Junior High School.

Approved Anneke M. Sheppard as a learning support teacher at TJHS.

Approved Stacy Dressler as an occupational therapist.

Approved Mamie Sorg-Steimling as a mentor for Stacy Dressler.

Approved Bobbie J. Kerstetter as a substitute teacher and Amanda J. Coudriet and Jodi M. Dillman as substitute paraprofessionals.

Accepted the resignation of Caroline E. Eberle, paraprofessional for the Extended School Year Program.

Approved the establishment of a Level 1 paraprofessional position at Lack-Tuscarora Elementary School.

Approved Stacey M. Pannebaker as a Level 1 paraprofessional at Fayette Elementary School.

Approved the transfer of Jasmine D. Rodriguez from a Level 2 paraprofessional at JHS to a Level 1 paraprofessional at Fermanagh.

Approved the reassignment of Samantha L. Beward from a Level 1 paraprofessional position to a Level 2 paraprofessional position at TJHS.

Approved two percent salary increases for Polly S. Digon, Melissa J. Graybill, Susan M. Hackenberger Jonathan M. Stouffer, Donna M. Beitz and Lourie A. Kilmer.

Approved the resignation of Cody L. Cox, special education teacher at Fayette.

Approved Travis Quici as a junior high girls’ basketball coach and Lowell Kratzer as a boys’ basketball coach at EJHS.

Approved Denis Leister as a junior high girls’ basketball coach at EJHS.