Academy awaits grant approval

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology administration is awaiting approval of a $165,000 grant that will allow them to purchase supplies for the upcoming school year.

Daniel Potutschnig, administrative director of The Academy, told the school’s operating committee at its regular meeting Thursday night that the grant will allow the school to purchase items such as student certifications, a milling machine, medical mannequins and laptop carts.

The board recognized two teachers who were recently honored for their outstanding achievements.

John Bilich, assistant director, noted that Valerie Baker, early childhood care and education instructor, will be recognized as the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year and will be receiving her award on Aug. 15 in State College.

Bilich also noted that Megan Keller, agriculture instructor, was crowned Miss United States Agriculture at the national pageant in June.

In other matters, Mike McMonigal, supervisor of adult education, noted that the school has already received inquiries from multiple employers who are looking for employees from the school’s CDL program, which started earlier this year.

“Students going into this program have a lot of opportunities both locally and nationally,” he said.

McMonigal also noted that the school’s homecoming celebration would be held on Oct. 24 and that The Academy will be hosting the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurial meetup on Sept. 26.

The meeting was followed by an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

The board also took the following action:

¯Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bureau of Career and Technical Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education to participate in the 2018-19 Technical Assistance Program.

¯Approved maintenance agreements with Carrier Commercial Service for $3,180; JC Ehrlich Co. for $1,176; David M. Maines Associates for $2,500; Mountainside Heating for $3,960; NRG Building Services for $4,605; One Call Now for $878; Tyco Simplex Grinnell for $620 and Water Treatment by Design for $1,400.

¯Approved Hockenberry Tree Service to perform tree removal and cleanup along Back Maitland Road for $2,000 pending approval of a written contract.

¯Approved the 2018-19 faculty and student handbooks.

¯Approved the agriculture and culinary arts programs to participate in third grade agriculture tours at Dave and Jamie Glick’s farm on Sept. 18.

¯Hired Christine Matthews as cosmetology instructor at $39,425.

¯Approved Valerie Baker as the teacher mentor for Matthews.

¯Approved the following career technical in-state and out-of-state advisers: Megan Keller for FFA; Michele Royer for Skills USA; Mindy Philips for HOSA-Future Health Professionals; Valerie Baker for National Technical Honor Society and Mark Baker and Steve Hogle for National Home Builders Association.

¯Retroactively approved Kailie Bell as part-time clinical instructor in the PN program at $28 per hour.

¯Retroactively approved Tammy Cambria as a full-time practical nursing instructor at $40,477 per year.

¯Retroactively approved JLG to train the trainer mobile elevated work platform for three instructors at $7,255.

¯Retroactively approved Rebecca Fultz to carry over 31 hours of vacation time to the 2018-19 fiscal year.