Glendale prepares for new school year|
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
FLINTON - With the start of school less than a week away the Glendale school board met last night to put the finishing touches on the items needed to get the school year underway.
In the absence of board president Dr. Andy Mulhollen, vice president Rick Holes presided and kept the meeting rolling as quickly as he could. Many positions were filled starting with the athletic committee.
The board approved Cassie McGarvey to fill as the 2012-13 assistant cheerleader coaching position while Sarah Klezek will fill the assistant varsity volleyball position. Sharon King will be the new assistant junior high softball coach while Rick Stackhouse was approved as the interim head junior high girls basketball coach.
Volunteers approved include Melanie Wigfield with the junior high girls basketball program, Gary Walstrom Jr. with the football program and Dian Miles with the volleyball program and Melissa Reese as a volunteer with the elementary girls basketball program.
All positions are contingent of the receipt of the necessary forms.
Under personnel the board hired Tracy McClellan Melissa Blake as a paraprofessionals and Avril Gedman was hired as the assistant band director. Rick Magulick and Amy Snyder were added as mentors for new staff members with a stipend of $600 each. Susan Wilk and Glenda Burba were added as substitute nurses.
The board amended the bullying policy to note that it will be presented to the students at the beginning of each school year.
The board approved a three-year agreement with OnHand Schools of Pittsburgh in the amount of $13,825 for the EdInsight Instructional Management System. The board also approved agreements with Skills Adult Training Services of Altoona to provide day programming services at a cost of $2.45 a quarter hour; with Skills Vocational Training and Industries of Altoona to provide day training at a rate of $2.34 per quarter hour; with Adolescent and Children's Partial Hospitalization Programs of the Alternative Community Resources Program of Johnstown for a referral system from Aug. 1, 2012 until Aug. 1, 2013; with The Meadows/Universal Community Behavioral Health of Centre Hall to ensure cooperative efforts and to facilitate continuity of care for Glendale Students this school year.
The board is looking into the installation of the water and sewer lines as part of the project that is taking place throughout Reade and White Townships. The engineer received five bids for the project, which includes extending the water and sewer lines to the school and then the possibility of backfilling the sludge holding tank (alternate A) and the chlorine contact tank (alternate B).
The board chose Eagleson Excavating of Johnstown, who had the lowest bid of $211,600. Solicitor Aimee Willet said the engineer double-checked with Eagleson to make sure his bid was correct, as that total included alternates A and B.
Willet said the engineer also checked with the second lowest bidder, McClellan Excavating of Altoona and Fallentimber, who submitted a bid of $215,118.78 but after adding in alternates A and B his bid total was $224,518.78. Willet said the district should go with the lowest bid and it was from Eagleson.
During the administration reports, high school principal Gary Walstrom Sr. said five cyber school students have returned to Glendale this year while one student is leaving for cyber school.
Special education director Ginger Bakaysa said she was in need of one more aide as she has just acquired a student with a hearing impairment and that student will be a full time aide. Aside from that she said she is ready to go.
Technology director Eric Frank said the new phone system is in and Windstream has been great to work with. He said the summer has gone very smooth and he is concerned about that.
District Superintendent Arnold Nadonley said the new scoreboard in up at the football field and it's working great. The new band uniforms are also in and while some alterations are required, the board is pleased with how they look. Willet said the district is working with the company and they are under warranty.
Nadonley said the new carpeting in down and he complimented the administration and the maintenance getting the school ready for the new year. He said they have worked hard and it looks great.