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CASD considers class trips to historic places
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer The Clearfield Area High School would like to have a sophomore class trip to Gettysburg and a senior class trip to Washington D.C. this year, Principal Tim Janocko said at Monday's school board committee meetings.
Janocko said the school would like to take the entire classes on the field trips to improve students' knowledge of U.S. history, diversity and civics, and help them be better citizens.
Janocko said he would have a more complete itinerary prepared for the board in the future but said they plan to visits various educational and historical sites on the trips including Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. and a guided tour of the battlefield in Gettysburg.
The trips would be free to students in the sophomore and senior classes; each student would bring a lunch prepared at the high school cafeteria, Janocko said.
The district was able to work out a deal with Fullington Bus Co. of Clearfield to provide transportation to both locations at a cost not to exceed $10,000.
Janocko said he would like the trips to be held every year and said he and board member Larry Putt have been in discussions with local service organizations to assist in raising money to offset some of the cost of the trips.
Putt said many of the local service organizations seem willing to assist the school district in raising money for the trips.
Board member Gail Ralston said she supported the field trips but asked if the board would be setting precedence in future years even if fundraising efforts decline.
Middle School Principal Fred Redden said if this becomes an annual event they plan to have students and PTO organizations begin fundraising for the trips while they are in middle school.
Board member Jennifer Wallace said she would support the trips even if the district has to pay the entire cost. Dr. Michael Spencer, board member, said the trips would be important because many students do not have the opportunity to visit these places.
In other business:
• the administration recommended the following personnel changes.
Resignations, Tim Timko, food service technician at the high school; Lauren Crisafulli, varsity assistant softball coach; Kelly Kaskan, seventh and eighth grade girls basketball coach; Wendy Norewood, instructional coach; Kristen Baughman Gray, seventh grade science teacher; Holly McKlosky, substitute detention supervisor and substitute extended day supervisor.
Appointments, Nate Sipes, middle school assistant wrestling coach and seniority transfer from alternative education to seventh grade science; John Cheldednik, varsity assistant diving coach; Kristina Herman, winter varsity cheerleading coach; Tasha Hess, winter grade 9/middle school cheerleading coach; Fred Redden, varsity assistant girls softball coach; Jeff Kavelak, middle school head girls softball coach; Nate Glunt, middle school head track coach; Leslie Stott, winter varsity cheerleading coach.
Eric Duriancik, volunteer boys basketball coach; Tom Janocko, volunteer boys basketball coach; Mike Gill, volunteer wrestling coach; Brandalee Williams, volunteer choreographer for show choir; Victor Ordonez, substitute teacher; Mark Voinchet, substitute custodian; Violet Shugerts, substitute cafeteria worker, cleaner/custodian and classroom assistant; Missy Pollick, seniority transfer from high school guidance and athletic secretary to secretary for human resources; Amy Daub, seniority transfer from personal care assistant at Centre Elementary to middle school guidance/SAP part-time assistant; Dave Duke, transfer from noontime aide at Centre Elementary to food service technician at the middle school; Dorothy Bowery substitute clerical; Leigh Anne Sample, substitute school counselor; Karen Kunkle, PCA at high school; Jamie Kline, seniority transfer from part time PCA at Clearfield Elementary to high school guidance and athletic secretary.
Positions collapse/created, collapse 1.5 hour noontime assistant at Centre Elementary and create a 1.5-hour food service technician at the school; collapse 4.5 hour, 180 day PCA position held by Jamie Kline at CES; create full-time PCA autistic support position at CES and create a full-time classroom assistant in the emotionally disturbed class at CES.
Extended term substitute status, Ashley Moyer and Sharon Rapski.
Extra periods, Leann Schaeffer, MS art, one period per day during the second nine weeks.
The administration recommended approval of the following:
• open house at the Clearfield Middle School on May 31 from 4-7 p.m. This will be an opportunity for the community members to see the building before it closes at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
• resolution to compensate tax collectors based on a sliding scale.
• purchase home economics and science equipment for the high school at a cost not to exceed $6,500 and record boards for the natatorium at a cost not to exceed $4,500 using construction contingency funds.
• field trip requests, 17 agriculture students to go to Penns Valley High School in Spring Mills on Nov. 7 to compete in Career Development events. Cost includes substitute teachers chaperones and transportation.
Spanish Honor Society to go to Pittsburgh to watch two Spanish dance shows and visit the Heinz Museum on Oct. 29.
Five high school students to attend the Arrow Leadership Quest in State College Nov. 10-13.
Thirty students in grades 9-12 to visit Lock Haven University to compete in the LHU Math Competition on Nov. 7.
Special education students to Metzger Animal Hospital in State College as part of their transition plan.
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