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DuBois offers career center for students
Thursday, January 27, 2011
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois School Board got a firsthand look at DuBois Area High School's new career center opportunities and a new welcome packet at its meeting last night. DAHS Principal Roger Collins, Elizabeth Drahushak and Anne Young provided an overview of each.
Collins said the welcome packets were an idea he had that would allow him to have something to work off of when speaking with parents and prospective students. Young approached him about project ideas for her internship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he suggested she develop the welcome packet.
Young said the packets give a photo tour of the welcoming environment of the high school, highlight the school's academic programs and activities, provide an overview of school resources and assistance, show off the district's other schools and include information about the surrounding community.
Jeff Tech printed the welcome packets at a low cost, Collins said, and they have been three-hole punched to allow for future changes.
Young and Drahushak gave a rundown of activities that are taking place at the new career center. The main goal of the center is to provide career resources and secondary education exploration opportunities. A public speaker series has allowed students to learn from and speak to professionals about their careers. An alumni fair gave juniors and seniors a chance to talk to former DAHS students about their college experiences. Another aspect of the career center is access to a personality test that is supposed to give students an idea of what careers could match up with their individual personality.
"We knew the board had an interest in re-establishing the career center," said Collins. "It was just a matter of the right people and right location. We were fortunate a room opened up so we could do this."
Drahushak said the career center is always open to suggestions. She personally would like for the center to be more user friendly and accommodate more students. The center is limited on how many students can use it, is not centrally located and is not being used by individual classes.
Other future goals for the center are offering workshops on SAT and ACT preparation, offering college application workshops and hosting a community service fair. The center could also provide information on applying for summer employment and post secondary opportunities. DuBois Regional Medical Center is willing to work with the center to develop a mentoring program, Drahushak said.
"The kids are using the (center)," said Drahushak. "We hope it continues to grow."
Superintendent Timothy Deluccia recognized members of the board as the district celebrates School Directors Recognition Month. Each board member was recognized with a plaque.
"These individuals volunteer many, many hours throughout their terms for the children," said Deluccia. "I'm proud of the DuBois Area School District and the job you do with the common goal of providing a quality education."
At the voting portion of the meeting, the board accepted the local audit report ending June 30, 2010, that Business Manager Sam Kirk Jr. presented at last week's work session.
An annual tax resolution was accepted as well. The resolution reads, "The Board of Directors of DASD has determined there will be no increase in the rate of any tax for the support of its public schools for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by more than the index established by the Department of Education for the district." The index is 1.9 percent. Deluccia reiterated the district does not plan to raise taxes.
A change order for the high school HVAC replacement project was approved. The change order, totaling $17,393, was for John Hall Inc. to relocate controls for the gym and to relocate control panels in storage rooms.
The board approved and ratified the superintendent's signature on an agreement with Plato Learning for health curriculum licenses in the amount of $1,799.95 as a result of restructuring.
Under retirement/resignation, the board approved the resignation of Penfield Elementary food service worker Stephanie Brown, effective Jan. 14, and MIS Director William Pearce, effective Dec. 2, 2010. Pearce's resignation was accepted by a 6-2 vote - Thomas Repine and Bev Kurts voted no. Board member Scott Farrell was absent from the meeting.
Leave of absence was granted to maintenance employee William Clyde, Juniata Elementary School instructor Jenna Hoover and DuBois Area High School teacher aide Shannon Shaffer.
Under employment/reassignment, the board approved change of status for three day-to-day substitute elementary instructors. Tonya Enseki, Bliss Canby and Kristen Brady's statuses were changed to short-term substitute elementary instructor.
Joshua Reed was added to the district's list of lifeguards, and Jim Schaefer was hired for drill design for the 2011 indoor percussion season at a stipend of $1,400. The board also approved several extra-duty, interscholastic fall sports positions for the 2011-12 school year.
In other business, Deluccia announced a letter was received from Brockway School District commending students at DAHS on a successful girls' basketball fundraiser. DuBois and Brockway girls' basketball teams teamed up to raise more than $10,000 for the Hahne Regional Cancer Center at a recent game. Board member Bev Kurts called the game a "moving experience."
An executive session was held for legal and personnel issues. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Esther Hawkins and Dorothy Hibner, district employees who died recently. Deluccia offered condolences to the families of both.
DuBois School Board's next meeting, a work session, is Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the administration building.
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