Academy receives recognition for 50th anniversary

LEWISTOWN — Administration an staff at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology continue to prepare for the school’s 50th anniversary celebration, set for Oct. 24.

Program reunions will begin at 6 p.m. and awards are set for 7 p.m.

Supervisor of Adult Education Mike McMonigal told the school’s operating committee that it recently received recognition throughout the region for reaching the milestone from both Mifflin County and Juniata County commissioners, who honored the occasion with proclamations.

He continued, noting that the academy had a commemorative magazine printed, which would be available throughout the community.

Also at the meeting, Assistant Director John Bilich said the state recently adopted assessment criteria for the Act 44 Safety and Security law. Under the provisions of the law, the school must conduct a self-assessment survey by the end of November, or hire an outside agency to do so. With the assessment, administrators will be able to compare how the academy is doing in terms of security in comparison with other schools across the state, Bilich said

“It’s an opportunity for growth,” Bilich said.

The board also took the following action:

¯Dissolved the Student Incentive Fund and transfer remaining funds to the culinary shop account and a newly created liability account.

¯Waived the practical nursing overhead costs for the 2017-18 school year and to have those funds remain in the adult education account.

¯Approved to have Pennsylvania School Boards Association complete a policy mini review at a cost of $3,500.

¯Approved the updated Occupational Advisory Committee list.

¯Approved the Academy Foundation board of directors to be covered under the School’s Directors an Officers Liability Insurance plan.

¯Approved to purchase a Ridgid Threader from Scott Electric at a cost of $9,043.73.

¯Hired Ben Detwiler as an adult part-time machining instructor at $28 per hour.

¯Hired Donald Walters Jr. as adult part-time welding instructor for adult education at $28 per hour.

¯Hired Matt Evans, Jeremy Sorg and Laura Shay as adult part-time emergency services course coordinator/instructor.

¯Approved Valerie Baker to attend the Early Childhood Summit at Pen State University on Oct. 15.

¯Approved Bryan Boyd, three instructors and 100 students to participate in an industry tour of Meeker Equipment Company in Belleville at a transportation cost of $250.

¯Approved Valerie Baker’s resignation as construction club adviser.

¯Approved Mindy Phillips, one chaperone and up to 44 students to attend a field trip to Surgery Live at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg on Nov. 8 at a transportation cost of $300.

¯Approved Doug Stimely to attend the Pennsylvania Automotive Association region instructional meeting on Nov. 9 at a transportation cost of $40.