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Contractual issues top Glendale board agenda
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
FLINTON - The Glendale school board went into an executive session last night that lasted one hour and 13 minutes, pertaining to contractual issues.
The first contract was about the contractor who was awarded the bid to install water and sewage lines to the school as part of the new system being installed in Reade and White Townships, a project the Glendale Valley Municipal Authority is spearheading.
That company was Eagleson Excavating of Johnstown, but district superintendent Arnold Nadonley said last night the contractors pulled out after sending an e-mail to the school and the district engineer explaining that, due to circumstances beyond their control, they could not finish the project.
That left open ditches and other hazards around the school, which have since been fenced in but still exist and need to be addressed. Nadonley said that was discussed by the board in the executive session.
When the board returned to regular session, as part of his building and grounds report, committee chairman Wendel Hullihen read a motion prepared by district solicitor Aimee Willett, which read: "Motion to approve McClellan Excavating of Fallentimber, the second lowest bidder as defined by law as per the bid submitted and opened on Aug. 21, 2012, to continue with the water and sewer line extension at the Glendale High School, contingent upon authorization from the current awardees insurance company, due to emergency on-site situation and potential problems. This motion will be presented to the bond company."
The motion carried unanimously.
The other part of the executive session was to discuss the contract renewal for Nadonley; however the board did not discuss the results or take action on that contract at last night's meeting.
The board approved Darlene Pennington and Robert Pennington as volunteers with the elementary boys basketball program, pending receipt of all necessary forms. Also under the athletic committee, the board approved Sean McCool as the 2012-13 assistant boys varsity basketball coach, with a prorated salary based on availability. Board member Ron Jasper asked what the plan was if McCool was unable to attend a game.
"We can't play a JV game if he isn't there," Jasper said. "We can't expect the varsity coach to coach both games."
Nadonley said if there isn't a substitute to take McCool's place then there wouldn't be a game.
Lindsay Kallas resigned as the head cheerleading advisor and the board will advertise for her replacement.
The board also accepted the retirement request from Darlene Vereshack effective Dec. 29. She is a member of the maintenance staff. Her position will be advertised.
An employee requested a transfer from food service part-time to full time and that position will also be advertised.
Last month the board approved the purchase of several new computers for two computer labs and Nadonley said they are all in and connected, and he said they are working well.
High school principal Gary Walstrom said he has received several good reports from the general public recently on the behavior of students.
He said when the students went to the Holocaust Museum on a trip they were very well behaved and courteous. Similar e-mails came from individuals with the students when they were on a trip to Juniata College and at the Ferndale football game.
Walstrom also noted the students in the recent academic decathlon won seven medals total. Zach Gobert won a bronze while Zach Dodson won five including two bronze, two silver and gold and Derek Matchock won a silver.
In other business, the board:
• approved Brian Stacey taking eight students to Philipsburg-Osceola High School on Jan. 23-26 for the district band festival.
• granted permission for Larry Putorek to take six students to Mifflin County High School on Feb. 6-9 for the district chorus festival.
• approved Eric Frank attending a conference in Hershey on Education Technology from Feb. 10-13.
The next meeting will be the reorganization meeting on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
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