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JCSD board affirms vote on mask-wearing

Fisher appointed as Region 4 member

MIFFLINTOWN – The Juniata County School Board voted to affirm actions taken at its Sept. 16 meeting regarding mask-wearing.

The vote taken during the board’s Thursday night meeting affirms a motion to accept the Aug. 31 mandate from Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health regarding face coverings exactly as written, with no additions as recommended by the Department of Health, and to include exemption requests from parents.

Additionally, student discipline regarding not wearing a mask will be removed from student records.

Also during the meeting, the board appointed Elizabeth Fisher as Juniata County School District Board of Directors member, representing Region 4, Walker Township.

¯In other business, the board approved:

¯Meeting minutes from Sept. 16 and Oct. 13.

¯Financial reports and bills to pay.

¯Facility use requests, including: Margaret Shafferman, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Juniata Elementary Sschool Cafeteria, Good News Club, Mondays, November 2021 to March 2022; Margaret McCann Shimp, Margaret McCann School of Dance, Juniata High School auditorium, Dec. 4 and June 4, as well as rehearsal dates.

¯Submission of PlanCon K to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

¯Drivers Lois Himelright and Marilynn Garver.

¯Memorandum of understanding with TIU 11 for the provision of partial hospitalization services.

¯Field trip requests for JHS 10th grade students, Stream Study, Mifflintown, Oct. 26; East Juniata High School students, Living Skills Instruction, Thompsontown, Oct. 26; Juniata County Marching Band, Halloween parade, Lewistown, Oct. 27, and Veterans’ Day parade, Port Royal, Nov. 6; JHS students, Poetry Out Loud Compeition, Mifflintown, Jan. 26.

¯Homebound instruction for two students.

¯The 2021-2022 calendar.

¯Retirement of Patricia L. Sierer, EJHS secretary, effective Dec. 31.

¯Resignations of Trisha R. Haubert, Juniata Elementary School LPN/secretary, effective Oct. 8; and Caren C. Mann, Tuscarora Junior High School guidance counselor, effective at a date to be determined.

¯Establishment of a Level 2 paraprofessional position at JES, based on student need.

¯Reclassification of the JES Level 1 paraprofessional position currently held by Joey M. Woodward to a Level 2 paraprofessional position, based on student need, effective Oct. 22; and TJHS Level 2 paraprofessional position vacated by Aspen Krape to a Level 1 paraprofessional position to be filled by the transfer of Samantha L. Hile from an East Juniata Elementary School Level 1 paraprofessional position, effective Oct. 26.

¯Employment of Robin J. Hile as a Level 1 paraprofessional at EJES, effective Oct. 22; Heather N. Reichenbach as a Level 1 paraprofessional at EJES, effective Oct. 25; Lisa K. Rosenberry as JES secretary, effective Oct. 12; and Mason H. Beverlin as a part-time custodian at EJHS, effective Oct. 22.

¯Employment of Dawn L. Croissette as JHS English teacher, at a date to be determined; Susan Paden as a long-term substitute teacher at EJES, effective Oct. 22; and Jessica A. Fisher as a JHS ESL teacher, effective at a date to be determined.

¯Mentorship of Susan Paden by Leann Crimmel.

¯Employment agreement with certified school psychologist Kaileigh A. Crouse.

¯Heidi Dituri and Judith Hess as substitute school nurses.

¯A stipend of $1,500 for psychology mentors, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.

¯A stipend of $15,000 for psychology interns for the 2022-2023 school year.

¯Compensation rate of $125 per day for substitute school nurses.

¯Memorandum of understanding with the Juniata County Education Association in regard to compensation for lost planning time.

¯Conference requests for William Hiemer and Rebecca Kirby, Association of School Psychologists Virtual Conference, Nov. 4; and Niki Baney and Kimberley Graybill, Secondary Technology Conference (virtual only), Dec. 14.

¯Resignation of Christopher Heidenreich as JHS senior class play director.

¯Extracurricular positions EJHS, including Travis Quici, girls basketball coach; Wes Diehl, girls basketball assistant coach; Justin Hazel, boys basketball coach; Bailey Coder, boys basketball assistant coach; Andy Smith and Wes Rickenbaugh, junior high boys basketball co-coaches; Danny Reed, air rifle coach; Shay Feltman, cheerleading coach; Brian Robinson, Noah Brackbill and Chloe Rogeau, volunteer girls basketball coaches; and Matt Ritzman and Dave Erb, volunteer boys basketball coach.

¯Extracurricular positions for JHS, including Mike Smith, girls basketball coach; Rylee Duck and Matt Trotman, girls basketball assistant coach; Al Ream, boys basketball coach; Erich Graybill, boys basketball assistant coach; Adam Barrick, wrestling coach; Jarred Dressler, assistant wrestling coach; Rachael Clark, cheerleading coach; Marissa Boyer, assistant cheerleading coach; Scott Clark, Bryson Clark and Ben Lauver, volunteer boys basketball coaches; Erin Deer, volunteer girls basketball coach; Bob Hart, Jeremy Smith, Ray Barrick, Jay Hockenbroch, Mike Robinson, Darin Whitesel, Tyler Feltman, Jacob White, Joe Daubert, Sean Yackey, Matt Miller, Bob Rowels, Philip Bomberger, Tyler Gilson, Caleb Shertzer, Zach Taminini, Wade Truitt and Dylan Ehrenzeller, volunteer wrestling coaches; and Stephanie Everett, volunteer Quiz Bowl Club advisor.

¯Extracurricular positions for TJHS, including Tyler Clark, boys basketball coach; and Colton Shertzer and Brandon Rowles, wrestling co-coaches.

¯Extracurricular positions for EJES, including Andy Apple, Clint Mitchell, Matt Leister and Jake Ramsey, volunteer boys basketball coaches; and Jana Snyder and Adrian Fogle, volunteer girls basketball coaches.

¯Extracurricular positions for JES, including Jason Beward, Derek Houtz and Derek Hartland, volunteer boys basketball coaches; and Kyle Martin, Christina Martin and Meghan Geedey, volunteer girls basketball coaches.

¯Revised JCSD Policy 903, Public Participation in Board Meetings, and approve the first reading of revised Policy 006, Meetings.

¯All documents mentioned in this report are available for public viewing on the JCSD website, under the school board’s meeting agenda.

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