Employees recognized during school board meeting

MIFFLINTOWN — Two Juniata County School District employees were recognized Thursday for outstanding service above their normal duties during the regular school board meeting.

Sara Sutton, art teacher at Juniata High School, and Kim Dressler, a paraprofessional at Tuscarora Junior High School, were presented with Lauretta Woodson Awards.

The awards are sponsored by the PA Association of School Retirees and the local Juniata County chapter. The awards are presented to active public school employees who have exhibited outstanding creativity, initiative and productivity relevant to the learning process and growth of children.

According to a news release, Sutton “empowers her students to explore and express creativity through a variety of mediums.”

This year, her students’ art work was brought to the community through the barn quilt and mosaic projects as well as being hung on the walls of the school.

Dressler “encourages students to work hard and offers her assistance above and beyond,” the news release stated. “She guides the Builders Club in service projects such as a memorial flower garden, a food drive for the food pantry and organized events to support cancer” awareness.

The board also approved the following:

¯ A summer 2018 iPad refresh by selling back iPad minis that the district is leasing to enter a new four-year agreement with Apple, with a $1 buyout and an estimated payment of $342,687 per year, saving $11,319 per year over the current agreement.

¯A contract with Capital Area Intermediate Unit for the provision of special education programs and services for the district for the 2018-19 school year.

¯PlanCon part H for the consolidation at the Fermanagh-Mifflintown and Monroe Elementary school sites. Board member Joseph Shearer voted in opposition of the motion.

¯Contracting with an engineer to develop specifications and further approve the administration to solicit bids for the construction of a handicapped-accessible restroom at East Juniata High School.

¯Richard Meily as treasurer of the board of school directors for a one-year term.

¯A resolution to provide Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone benefits to a 59-acre parcel of land in Fermanagh Township that will be added to the Juniata County Industrial Park. Board members Troy Woodward and Joseph Shearer opposed the resolution.

¯School lunch prices of $2.50 for full-paying elementary students and $2.75 for full-paying secondary students, effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

¯Renewed a food services contract with Metz Culinary Management for the 2018-19 school year at a guaranteed loss no greater than $119,586.40.

¯Contracting with SwiftMD telemedicine service.

¯A 2.5 percent annual salary increase for the following non-instructional support staff, not covered by the provisions of Act 93 or a collective bargaining agreement: Alyssa Adam, Bobbi Baer, Donna Beitz, Polly Digon, plus a $1,200 stipend as board secretary, Kathy Gilson, Susan Hackenberger, Lourie Kilmer and Jonathan Stouffer.

¯Establishing five maintenance positions.

¯The following summer 2018 custodial personnel, contingent upon final budget approval: Cleaning staff at $9.75 per hour: Thomas A. Brotzman, Thomas R. Brotzman, Ruth Brotzman, Taylor Graybill, Joshua Parson, Jodi Dillman, Wendy Hoover, Daisy Yetter, Jeff Keefer, Rodney Shoop, Jasmine Rodriguez, Tammy Ehrenzeller, Minna Digon, Benjamin Lauver and Colton Shertzer; substitutes: Seth Strawser and Mason Beverlin; maintenance and repair at $14.75 per hour: Nathaniel Nace, Todd Wieseman and Robert Hart.

¯Accepted the retirements of: Debra Fogle, Fayette Elementary School paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year; Richard McClure, Fayette Elementary School custodian, effective June 4; Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School teacher Amy Burchfield, effective at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

¯Resignation of East Juniata High School social studies teacher Edward Gunkle II, effective at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

¯Employment of Jana Snyder as an East Juniata High School health and physical education teacher on a master’s degree, step 7 of the salary schedule, effective Aug. 21. Snyder replaces Lauren Waltz, who resigned. Board member Joseph Shearer voted in opposition of the hire.

¯Transfer of Robert Hart from his Tuscarora Valley Elementary School classroom position to the elementary physical education and health teacher for elementary schools, a position established at the board’s April meeting. Board member Joseph Shearer voted in opposition of the transfer.

¯A memorandum of understanding between Juniata County School District and Juniata County Education Association in order to compensate special education teachers three hours of pay (after school supplemental pay) per record review.

¯The establishment of one elementary kindergarten to sixth grade mathematics department head position and one English Language Arts department head position.

¯An administrative compensation and benefit program memorandum of understanding in order to increase the number of days worked for Special Education Director Jill Condo from 210 days per year to match that of other administrators, as well as to match the agreement pertaining to the days worked, vacation days and sick days, while increasing Condo’s salary as a per diem to match the added days. Condo’s salary for the 2018-19 school year will be $94,171.42.

¯The employment of Rebecca Kirby as a school psychologist at an annual salary of $70,255, and in accordance of all other provisions of the compensation plan for Juniata County School District psychologists, effective Aug. 13.

¯The resignation of Mountain View Elementary School paraprofessional Nicole Latchford, effective June 4.

¯The following extracurricular positions for the 2018-19 school year: Steve Smith, boy’s basketball coach at East Juniata High School for $3,280; Jeff Miller, cross-country coach at Juniata High School for $1,790; Brian Strawser, boy’s soccer assistant coach at Juniata High School for $2,600.

The board was also provided with information on the following change orders:

¯To provide labor, material, equipment and plumbing fixtures to add a shower in the East Juniata Elementary School life skills room restroom at a cost of $3,558.51

¯To provide labor, material, equipment and plumbing fixtures to add a shower in the Juniata Elementary School life skills room restroom at a cost of $5,398.02.

¯For modification of breakers throughout Monroe Elementary School in accordance with the “Power System Studies Combined Report” submittal review comments and multiple communications with the manufacturer and system coordination engineer at a cost of $1,858.40.

¯For the replacement of a cast iron sanitary lateral with a new PVC at Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School at a cost of $8,468.

¯For the addition of electrical contractors, modification of breakers, provisions of additional horn/strobes and smoke detectors and modification of cafeteria light fixtures at the Fermanagh-Mifflintown/Juniata Elementary School site at a cost of $13,454.15.

The board tabled discussion regarding a contract with Jay Fulkroad and Sons Inc. for paving at Tuscarora Junior High School at a cost of $79,656.96.