Board Basics

Highlights of the May 11, 2017 Board Meeting



The Board recognized the following students:  Wyatt Gramling – Gold medal at the state welding fabrication competition; Shelby Hostetler – Cambria County Distinguished Young Woman 2018; Nathan Valko – Hockey career saves record for Forest Hills and LMHL; Jared McNeal – Rifle Team – placed 3rd in State in the Prone position and hold the highest State record for Forest Hills School District; Mandi Bearjar – All-State Band participation


Mr. Mike Seidel of PJ Dick and Mr. John Pappas of Eckles presented an update on the Junior-Senior High School building project.

Regular Session:

Approved change orders EC-19, EC-33R, and EC-40R


Elected Board Officers Treasurer (1 year term) – Mr. Robert MacTavish and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer (1 year term) – Mrs. Tracy Helsel


Approved adopting and advertising proposed final 2017-2018 general fund budget

Approved the resolution for 2017-2018 Homestead/Farmstead tax relief

Approved of Depository listing: 1st Summit Bank; Ameriserv Financial; First Commonwealth Bank; S&T Bank; First National Bank; PSDLAF; PLGIT


Approved summer office hours from June 5, 2017 through August 15, 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ½ hour lunch)

Approved payment of summer salaries for professional employees who requested such payment

Approved the School dentist for 2017-2018 –Dr. Paul Petrunak

Tabled the School physician for 2017-2018 – currently Dr. J. Eric Wieczorek

Approved Cafeteria milk/bread contracts for the 2017-2018 school year

Approved Cafeteria lunch prices for the 2017-2018 school year

Approved bid results 2017-2018 Art and Office/Classroom Supplies

Approved Beaverdale & South Fork Public Library’s request for a donation

Approved an addition to the 2016-2017 bus driver list

Approved Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center/AVTS Joint Operating Committee resolution tentatively adopting the 2017-2018 tentatively adopted Adult/Workforce Development and Non-Secondary Funded Budgets


Approved Policy Revisions/Modifications – 2nd Reading as amended

  1. Policy #209.2 – Diabetes Management – NEW POLICY
  2. Policy #246 – School Wellness
  3. Policy #808 – Food Services

Executive Session:

Discussed SEIU negotiations

Discussed 2 special education situations

Discussed interview protocol for May 17, 2017 Director of Education position interviews

Approved a request from Mrs. Jennifer Ambrose – FMLA beginning May 24, 2017 through the end of the 2016-2017 SY

Accepted the retirement of Mrs. Patrice Stiffler effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Accepted the retirement of Mrs. Barbara Hite-Irons effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Approved a request from Mrs. Karen Gressick – unpaid leave on May 10, 2017

Approved a request from Mrs. Jill Wolfhope – unpaid leave on April 26, 27, 28, 2017 and May 3, 2017

Approved a request from Mrs. Jackie Flick – unpaid leave on April 26 and 28, 2017

Approved a request from Mrs. Susan Long – unpaid leave on April 4, 12, and 13, 2017

Approved a request from Ms. Heather Marsh – unpaid leave on April 26 and 27, 2017

Approved a Memorandum of Understanding for one (1) unpaid personal day for 3 hour and 5 hour paraprofessionals and cafeteria workers for non-emergency situations


Approved 2017-2018 Budget Workshop recommendations

All requests for conferences, field trips and use of school facilities presented to the Board were approved.