Academy prepares for 50th

LEWISTOWN — Staff at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology are preparing for the school’s 50th anniversary, which will include an open house and awards for outstanding achievement.

Supervisor of Adult Education Mike McMonigal told the school’s operating committee Thursday night that the evening will include an appearance by Sen. Jake Corman, who will “speak on the positive nature of the Academy.”

“It will be a very special night,” he said.

The celebration will be held on Oct. 24, with open house and program reunions beginning at 6 p.m. and awards beginning at 7 p.m.

Assistant Director John Bilich said staff introduced a schoolwide positive behavior intervention and supports program at the school to students this year, which outlines behavioral expectations when students are in school or representing the school in the community.

“We’re going to teach them the characteristics we want to instill in them,” he said.

Bilich noted that students will be reinforced with golden tickets that teachers will hand out when they notice positive behaviors and for good attendance.

Tickets will have a QR code that students can scan to receive rewards.

The board also took the following action:

¯Retroactively approved the removal of the agriculture program, making it an elective course, which will not be eligible for vocational subsidy. Board members noted that the change has increased the number of students in the agriculture program from about 15 to 65 students.

¯Approved John Bilich as the school safety and security coordinator for the academy.

¯Approved John Bilich as the Safe2Say contact person for the academy retroactively.

¯Accepted the resignation of Tammy Cambria as full-time practical nursing instructor.

¯Hired Tammy Cambria as a practical nursing substitute teacher at $28 per hour.

¯Hired Rebecca Taylor as full-time PN instructor.

¯Approved job descriptions for an emergency services medical director volunteer position, a part-time emergency services course director and a part-time emergency services course coordinator/instructor.

¯Appointed Deborah Hopkins, MD, as emergency services medical director, a volunteer position, pending receipt of paperwork.

¯Hired Michael Coldren as part-time emergency services course coordinator, pending receipt of paperwork.

¯Hired Troy Long as part-time emergency services course coordinator/instructor, pending receipt of paperwork.

¯Hired Cheniene Leiter as a part-time emergency services course coordinator/instructor, pending receipt of paperwork.

¯Approve Alicia Lentz to attend a two-day fall conference and meeting of the Pennsylvania PN Administrators Association Oct. 11 and 12 in Lewisburg at a cost of $419.

¯Approved Mike McMonigal to attend a two-day PACTA meeting for career and technical education adult coordinators Sept. 20 and 21 in State College at a cost of $241.

¯Approved Mike McMonigal to attend a two-day apprenticeship summit Sept. 25 and 26 in Harrisburg at a cost of $202.

¯Approved Mike McMonigal to attend a one day PA Workforce Development Board symposium on Oct. 2 in State College at a cost of $279.

¯Hired Steven Groninger as part-time emergency services course coordinator/instructor.

¯Hired Troy Long as part-time emergency services course director, pending receipt of appropriate paperwork.

¯ Bryan Boyd to attend the Pennsylvania Cooperative Education convention in State College Oct. 16 and 17 at a cost of $315.

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