Board to vote on policy changes at next meeting

MIFFLINTOWN –Juniata County School District Board of Directors will vote on a number of policy changes, as well as determine whether to reinstate an activity van, at its voting meeting at 8 p.m., March 21.

During a workshop meeting held Wednesday, interim Superintendent Shawn Kovac presented a draft of a policy that would require more accountability in terms of job-related expenses.

He said the need for the policy arose after the board asked him to look into an issue regarding whether certain travel expenses had been approved.

“I could not find any policy at all that related to approval of travel for the superintendent or personnel in any manner other than the superintendent having to approve it,” Kovac said, adding that at some point, the superintendent was approving his own travel expenses. Kovac proposed a more restrictive policy that requires personnel obtain prior approval for all travel outside the state by all employees.

The board will also look at the district’s policy related to authorized users of school district-issued credit cards. The updated policy, if approved, would put a cap on meal spending and put an individual spending balance of $2,500.

“This brings more accountability to those folks who are having the use of a credit card,” he said.

The board will also discuss its facility use policy, a policy regarding board meetings and nicotine/tobacco policies.

Board member Troy Woodward requested the board reinstate an activity van to take students from one end of the county to the other for events.

During a special meeting that followed the workshop meeting, the board approved an amended 2018-19 school calendar.

The calendar states the last day of school is June 7, with early dismissal at 12:30 p.m. Teacher in-service days will be held June 10 and 12 and Act 80 days will be June 11 and 13.