Glendale School District replaces water pump|
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
FLINTON - The Glendale School Board reported last night the water pump that supplies drinking water to the school needed to be replaced last week.
Maintenance Supervisor Charlie Chilcote said there was a spare pump on hand and the change was made quickly, however, by changing the pump it made the water cloudy. Superintendent Arnold Nadonley said bottled water was brought in to provide drinking water to the students.
He said the bottled water only had to be used for about two days, and the well water had cleared and is now safe to drink.
In a related matter, the board asked Chilcote where they stood with being connected to the public water and sewage system being installed throughout Reade and White townships. Chilcote said the lines run to the appropriate areas where it is the district's responsibility to hook up.
Assistant Principal Rick Stackhouse, who serves on the Glendale Valley Municipal Authority Board, said the deadline for the construction to be finished on the project is Oct. 23-24, and he anticipates the customers being able to connect to the system sometime in November.
Chilcote noted a waterline that extends from the elementary school to the football field, football practice field and the baseball and softball fields has once again sprung a leak. He said it is not the first time and will not be the last.
Rick Holes, vice president of the board, asked him the size the line and Chilcote said it is a thin, corrugated line that he thinks could be replaced in-house. The board said the line should be replaced with standard waterline.
Board President Dr. Andy Mulhollen questioned sixth grade math. He said parents are concerned with the grades their children are getting and have voiced concerns with the many projects the sixth grade students do during the school year.
Mulhollen said aside from the projects taking away from time the students could be studying in class, it is a financial burden on some families.
"I realize some of these projects may only be $20 to $40," Mulhollen said. "But in this day and age, that's tough to come up with for some families."
He also said students in sixth grade are getting a lot of homework.
Board member Ron Jasper said reading scores are also a concern and should be a focus.
"That's just some food for thought," Mulhollen told Nadonley.
During his report, Nadonley said the district is eligible to acquire a grant for low-income schools, which he would like to use to replace computers throughout the district. He said computers needing replaced include the library, the first floor computer lab, teacher's laptops and administration computers, and computer-aided design computers. They will not all be replaced at once and it will be an on-going project.
During the athletic committee portion of the meeting committee chairman Holes made a motion to approve Stackhouse as the head junior high girls basketball coach. The motion carried 7-0 with the following voting yes: Holes, Mulhollen, Jasper, Rick Cree, John Franko, Zane Hullihen and Wendel Hullihen. Kent Ford and Theo Sinclair were absent.
The board also approved Ryan Pastva as the head varsity boy's basketball coach with Sherri Campbell the assistant boys coach on an interim basis. Holes noted Pastva was the assistant coach but since he was moved to head coach that leaves the seat open, which has to be advertised in house. Should no one apply, then Campbell will take the position permanently. The board also approved Rich Braniff as a volunteer with the junior high football program and Ray Berger and Brandon Crawford as volunteers with the junior high softball program. The board tabled making a decision on a head varsity baseball coach.
In other business, the board:
• approved a six-month maternity leave for a professional staff member.
• approved a two-week family leave for a professional staff member and a six week leave for a professional staff member.
• added John Feigh and Amanda Sloppy to the substitute teachers list and Sharon Ritchey to the substitute nurses list, and noted the following teachers will be eligible for tenure at the end of the 2012-13 school year: Matthew Haney, Jesse Hockenberry, Lindsey Kallas, Matthew Lobb, Ryan Pastva and Amy Whittaker.
• approved a bloodmobile being held as a senior project on Nov. 21 in the high school gym.
• approved the following field trips: Kim Kozak will take about 90 students to Clearfield for a college fair on Oct. 4; Marci Mazenko and Andrea Frydrych will take 14 students to Weakland Farms in Protage on Oct. 19 for a corn maze; Bonnie Decker will take 50 students to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. on Nov. 8 as part of their reading class and Larry Putorek will take the middle school choir to Penn State University for a performance on Nov. 14.
• revised the board policies for extracurricular activities, interscholastic athletics and concussion management.
• entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program.
• will purchase music textbooks from Pearson of Lebanon, IN at a cost of $1,569.40.
• will purchase new biology textbooks from Holt McDougal of Geneva, IL at a cost of $8,696.90.
• approved a three-year agreement with Jones Auto Parts Plus and Reynolds Motor Co. as bus contractors.