Styers chosen as president

Kristen Sharp to be vice president for 2017 board

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County School District Board of Directors has new leadership for 2017.

During its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, the board unanimously elected E. Terry Styers to serve as board president for the next 12 months. Styers succeeds Mary Lou Sigler, who served as president for the past three years. Sigler placed Styers’ name in nomination for the leadership post.

Elected to serve as vice-president was Kristen Sharp.

The board also voted to continue its meeting schedule the same as 2016, with committee-of-the-whole meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Regular voting meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday. Exceptions to those dates will again be in November and December, when the schedule changes to the first and third Thursdays to accommodate the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Also during the meeting, Sigler was

selected to serve as the board liaison to the Pennsylvania School Board Association.

In addition, the following board members were assigned to various committees, including:

Operating Committee, Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology-John Knepp, Sharp, Richard Smeltz and Beth Laughlin. Alternates will be Noah Wise and Neil Russler.

Building and Grounds Committee-Wise, Russler, Knepp and Smeltz.

Logo-Trademark Committee-Knepp and Robert Hammond.

Curriculum and Professional Development Committee-Laughlin, Sigler, Styers, Sharp and Wise.

Policy Committee-Sigler and Styers.

Athletics-Knepp, Hammond and Sharp.

Following the reorganization meeting, the board held its monthly committee-of-the-whole meeting to discuss agenda items for its business meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15.

On the agenda is the approval of the 2017-18 school calendar, which, if approved, would see students returning to the classrooms on Aug. 28, 2017 and ending the school year on May 31, 2018.

Other agenda items for consideration Dec. 15 include:

¯ The following additions to the approved bus driver’s list: Angela M. Trego and Cindy D. Hubler, ER Rhodes & Son, Inc.; and  Lisa J. Miller, KV Bus Line, LLC.

¯ A recommendation to approve the Mifflin County High School Indoor Groups (Drum Line and two Guard Groups) to attend the Tournament of Bands – Tournament Indoor Association Susquehanna Valley Region 4 Championships on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Lock Haven University.

¯ The resignation of Timothy A. Pearce Jr., custodian at MCHS, effective Nov. 18, due to other employment.

¯ The removal of Atom Hasson from the substitute custodian list effective Oct. 20.

¯ The retirement of Beth A. Myers, music teacher at MCMS, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

¯ The resignation of Michelle R. Groce, 3-hour part-time cafeteria position at MCJHS, effective Nov. 8.

¯ The hiring of Lorie A. Hall as a 3.5-hour part-time cafeteria worker at MCAST effective Nov. 21.

¯ The hiring of Ashley N. Crisswell as a 3.5-hour part-time cafeteria worker at MCAST effective Nov. 21.

¯ The hiring of Bonnie J. Earnest as a temporary 3.5-hour part-time cafeteria worker at MCMS effective Nov. 2.

¯ The hiring of Joann L. Renninger as a 1.25-hour breakfast position at LES effective Nov. 22.

¯ The hiring of Lyndsay M. Clark  as a part-time classroom child care aide (4-hour van rider) effective Dec. 16.

¯ The following additions to the cafeteria substitute list: Kimberly Carson, Jennifer Huffnagle, Teresa Johnson, Amy Henry and Danielle Knight.

¯ The hiring of the following coaches for 2016-17: Greg Loht, assistant track and field; and Tamara Sechler, assistant track and field.

¯ Approval of Lucas Besch as a volunteer wrestling coach.

¯ A recommendation to approve PlanCon Part J for Project No. 3717 (junior high school additions/alterations).

¯ A recommendation that the school district advance the Mifflin County Tax Collection Committee $3,200 to cover a 2016 budget shortfall with the understanding that the district would recover this amount in 2017. Vance Varner, director of secondary education, noted this is an established past practice. “It’s not so uncommon, whatsoever,” he added.

¯ Consideration for the Central Keystone Football and Cheer League to pay a reduced fee of $750 for the use of Mitchell Field on Oct. 15, Oct. 22, and Oct. 23.