Academy considers expansion

Committee discusses branching out to other campuses

LEWISTOWN–Expansion was the topic of conversation among Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology’s operating committee Thursday night.

The board discussed the possibility of branching out into other campuses to allow its programs to grow and for the addition of new programs.

According to Dan Potutschnig, the academy’s administrative director, the firm Delta Development will present information at next week’s Mifflin County School District Board of Directors meeting.

Potutschnig said the board will then have until the end of the month to decide whether to move forward with pursuing matching state funds through Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to meet application deadlines.

The board took no action in moving forward with an expansion, but Potutschnig said a contract with Delta Development, the firm that would help the school move forward with the process, would cost about $15,000.

Also at the meeting, John Bilich, the academy’s assistant director, noted that the school’s annual open house will be held 5:30-7:30 pm. Feb. 7.

The board also took the following action:

¯ Approved an agreement with Keystone Credit Services for the collection of outstanding tuition. The agreement will make it easier for the school to collect bills.

¯ Approved the transfer of the remaining funds from the 2017-18 school year, $8,714, be transferred to the capital reserve fund.

¯ Approved JMSI to oversee the academy’s asbestos program at a cost of $1,200.

¯ Approved the purchase of CPR mannequins and AED trainers from the American Heart Association at a cost of $3,700 through the Carl Perkins grant.

¯ Approved a memorandum of understanding between the academy and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL CIO.

¯ Approved the school’s local audit report.

The next board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14.