JCSD meeting is ‘business as usual’

School directors take action on routine agenda items

MIFFLINTOWN — For the first time since elementary school consolidation became a topic of conversation, all public feedback on the matter was positive during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Juniata County School District Board of Directors.

During the Thursday evening meeting at Tuscarora Junior High School, a handful of county residents took the podium to thank their township representatives and other directors who re-voted last week to move forward with consolidation.

No one spoke in opposition.

From there, directors tackled a brief list of regular business items. They approved:

¯ The Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School improvement plan.

¯ Contracting with Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development for school-age child care services to be provided in district elementary schools.

¯ Facility use requests for a variety of sports and academic events.

¯ Use of Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School for Migrant-ELL Summer School 2017, operated by the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, in conjunction with the district.

¯ Awarding the bid for paving at the district’s administrative office building to Mike Cleck Paving and Seal Coating, at a total cost of $15,500.

¯ Contracting with Keystone Lawn Treatment Inc. for lawn maintenance on the East Juniata High School soccer field, at a cost of $2,240.

¯ Financial reports and a listing of bills for payment.

¯ A number of student field trip requests.

¯ Homebound instruction for a Fayette Elementary School student.

¯ Accepting Shin Ichikawa as a foreign exchange student from Japan for the 2017-18 academic year. Ichikawa will attend East Juniata High School.

¯ A settlement agreement and release with the parents of JCSD students, which will replace an agreement previously approved by the board.

¯ Retirements of Jan C. Klinger, Fayette kindergarten teacher, and Bruce D. Wilson, TJHS science teacher, at the conclusion of the school year.

¯ The resignation of Tuscarora Valley Elementary School LPN Megan K. Gantz, effective April 12.

¯ Extracurricular positions for the 2017-18 academic year. Positions include Valerie Dressler, EJHS girls’ soccer coach, $2,490 stipend; Christian Dressler, EJHS junior varsity girls’ soccer coach, $1,700 stipend; Brian Watter, EJHS boys’ soccer coach, $2,490 stipend; and Brian Clayton, junior varsity boys’ soccer coach, $1,700 stipend.