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DASD board accepts Mowery's resignation
Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois Area School District is now accepting letters of interest and resumes from those interested in serving as a Region C board director.
The board at its meeting last night unanimously accepted the resignation of board director Melissa Mowrey. Mowrey was hired by Jeff Tech to serve as its principal.
A new board director will be appointed according to school board policy. The board secretary will advertise the vacancy, and letters of interest and resumes may be submitted to the district office until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Region C is comprised of Reynoldsville, Sykesville, Troutville, Brady Township and Winslow Township. Interviews would be held at a special board meeting on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom.
Following the board's Aug. 21 work session, a special voting meeting would be held to nominate and appoint a replacement board director. The new director's appointment would expire Dec. 7, 2015.
According to Board President Patty Fish, the municipal election in November of 2015 would contain a 2-year term to complete the balance of the 4-year seat. If the appointed candidate wishes to continue on the board, he or she would be required to run on the general election ballot, she said.
Business Manager Jeanette Buriak gave an update on the state budget. DuBois Area School District would receive a basic education subsidy of $14,859,114 and $2,835,388 in special education funding. The basic education subsidy represents a $192 increase over the Pennsylvania Department of Education's original estimate. The special education funding represents a $48,204 increase.
The Accountability Block Grant was replaced with Ready To Learn block grants using a student focused funding formula, Buriak said. DuBois Area School District would receive $546,260. The amount represents a $397,628 decrease over PDE's original estimate.
Assistant Superintendent Roger Collins announced work at the former Highland Elementary School building should be completed by mid-August. Cen-Clear Child Services, Pyramid Health Care and Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 are currently utilizing the facility. There are still two rooms available, Collins said. The district is also in the process of creating a central supply area at its former maintenance building, he said.
Repair work would begin at E.J. Mansell Stadium, as soon as possible. The concrete on the visitor's stands is old and failing, Collins said. A few expansion joints and the façade on the home side also need repaired, he said.
The district is exploring its short-term options to patch the concrete for this year, Board Director Lloyd McCreight said. A permanent fix would likely take place after this football season, he said.
A list of sports that require an activity fee would be posted at the middle school and high school athletic offices, Collins said. The activity fee was set at $50.
During public comment, David Singer thanked Collins and Superintendent J. Mark Heckman for accepting a pay freeze for the upcoming school year. Singer called the pay freeze "a statement of leadership and a personal sacrifice." Singer encouraged the board to accept Mowrey's resignation. He asked the board to appoint someone who's not a schoolteacher.
Dave Mikolonis spoke on behalf of 60 property owners and 11 businesses that are disappointed with the district's tax increase. The district is overpaying its superintendent and assistant superintendent, Mikolonis said. The district is has a teacher-to-student ratio of 14-1 and can afford to eliminate teachers, he said.
DuBois School Board will conduct a work session on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the administrative center.
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