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New Budget, Computers and Teachers
June 25, 2014- Jim Grant
BROCKWAY- The Brockway Area School Board met in special session on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 for the final adoption of the budget for the 2014-15 school year in the amount of $14,343,124 and to close out business for the 2013-14 fiscal year that ends on June 30. 
 
General fund monies for the 2014-15 school year will be invested with S & T Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, PA School District Liquid Asset Fund, PA Local Government Investment Trust, Citizens Bank, Financial Northeastern Co., MultiBank Securities, Inc., and Farmers National Bank.

Approval was given for the purchase of 52 computers for the high school library and room 213 lab through the CoStars contract system in the amount of $19,059.00; and 75 computers to replace the three high school mobile labs through the state contract system in the amount of $25,834.00. The annual budgeted donation of $5,000 was made to the Brockway Mengle Memorial Public Library.

The commercial insurance package, boiler and machinery umbrella, and school liability policy was renewed with the PSBA Insurance Trust through Swift-Kennedy Insurance Group for the coming year. The PSBA endorsed Student Accident Program was also approved to include all athletic sports programs in grades 7-12 including the band and cheer leaders at a cost of $5,144.00. Voluntary student insurance will also be available at $30 per year for school-time coverage and $116 for 24-hour coverage.

In personnel matters, a vacancy in the English Department will be filled by Andrew Bundy, currently from Marietta, PA; and Tom Bussard of St. Marys was approved as a health and physical education teacher. Several other staff vacancies will come up after school opens in the fall. Dana Esposito was hired as Reading Department Head, and approval was given for Danette Foradori to take a leave of absence from her part-time aide position to work as a temporary secretary beginning July 1st.

In the high school, morning hall duty will be handled by John Barrow, Robin Brinkley, Terri Fleeger, Jon Toney, and Zach Weaver; Michele Rhed in the elementary. Brad Martino will monitor morning detention. Resignations have been received from Lori Stuart as Student Assistance Coordinator, and from Jennifer Boleen as Anti-Bullying Committee Advisor.

Upon the recommendation of Varsity Cheerleading Advisor Mallory Coulter, the following were named to her staff: Amy Buesink and Ashley Butters as Varsity Assistants, Lyndsey Kepner and Angela Buffone for Junior High. In Girls’ Basketball under Dick Esposito, the staff will consist of Sarah Esposito as Assistant, Kevin Carnahan as Varsity Assistant, Steve Buttery for Junior Varsity Coach, and Dave Koehler for Elementary.

Crystal Powell was approved as head coach for Junior High Volleyball; David Britten was assistant coach for Junior High Soccer; Josh Wrighter and Gabe Bemenic as volunteer coaches in the cross country program. Matt Holt was named as a volunteer assistant for the agriculture program and the greenhouse.

Approval was given for a summer music program consisting of a mini-camp on July 2-3 from 8:00 a.m. until noon to prepare for the 4th of July; a morning concert and marching in the parade on the 4th of July; and mini-camps on July 30-August 1 from 8:00 a.m. until noon and on August 4-8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These camps will be set up by Band Director Kevin Rush, Colorguard and Drill Team Instructor Kim Salada, Instructors Nancy Hills and Justin Salada, and Drill Designer Michael Young.

Approval was given for the following marching band schedule for the fall of 2014: The Oil City Marching Band Festival on September 13; St. Marys Competition on September 27; Tyrone Competition on October 4; and the Chapter Championships at I.U.P. Stadium on October 18.

Recognition was given to Ray Reckner, retired Brockway teacher, coach, and athletic director who was inducted to the Pennsylvania Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Harrisburg; and to Mackenzie Bart, a 2011 Brockway graduate who was crowned Miss Ohio on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Mansfield, Ohio where she has been living and attending college. She will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City on September 14, 2014.

The directors decided to cancel the previously scheduled board meeting on July 8th since there are no major projects under construction this year and regular maintenance is going well. The next meeting of the Brockway Area School Board is now scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Educational Service Center at the Elementary School.

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