Struble hired as new CASD superintendent|
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Area Board of School Directors hired a new superintendent and approved upgrades to its stadium bleachers at its meeting last night.
The board voted unanimously to hire Terry Struble, 44, of Mount Pleasant, as superintendent of schools effective July 1 conditional on a final employment agreement being reached between Struble and the district.
Struble will take over for current Superintendent Dr. Thomas Otto who is resigning on June 30 to become the superintendent of the Altoona Area School District.
Struble has been employed with the Mount Pleasant Area School District for the last 13 years, with the last five years serving as the district's superintendent.
Struble received his Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College, his master's degree from Westminster College and his letter of superintendent certification from Gannon University.
His salary and details of his employment contract were not available because the terms of Struble's employment contract have not yet been reached, according to school board president Mary Anne Jackson.
Struble said he and his wife and three school-aged daughters plan to move to the area this summer.
Struble said it is an exciting time for the district with the new building project and is optimistic about the district's future.
The board also voted to award the bid to upgrade the bleachers at the high school stadium complex to Texas based Sturdisteel Company for $488,000; with code, engineering and contingency the total cost is expected to be $533,309.
To save on costs, the board voted to keep its current aluminum benches, which reduced the cost by $45,000.
The improvements were approved on a 6-2 vote with board members Philip Carr and Richard Schickling casting the dissenting votes.
Schickling said he wanted a more detailed breakdown on the cost of the project so the district could do the bare minimum to meet code and insurance requirements and Carr said he was in favor of doing the project in phases and spend $100,000 a year or so to complete the project instead of doing all the work at once.
He also said he preferred that the new press box be located on the visitor's side of the stadium and said he didn't like how the walkways to the press box were designed.
District architect Greer Hayden of HHSDR Architects, Engineers of Sharon said the district is required to bring the bleachers up to code because of the high school renovation project.
The bleachers do not meet code because there is too much of a gap between the floorboards causing a safety hazard. All of the railings, walkways and ramps also have to be improved to meet code and American With Disabilities Act requirements.
Hayden said the district could do the project in phases but said it would be required to bid each phase and would be required to spend at least 20 percent of the money in each phase meeting ADA requirements.
The upgrades to the bleachers include closing the floor gaps, replacing all of the floorboards with aluminum, installing new handrails and install new ramps.
Otto said the district will likely have extra money left over from the high school building project and does not believe the district would have to raise taxes to pay for the upgrades. He said the bleacher improvements are scheduled to be completed by next fall.
In other business, the board voted to:
• accept the resignation of former board President Dave Glass and appoint Jackson as president and Larry Putt as vice president.
• accept the bid to purchase furniture for the new administrative offices from Contrax Furnishings through the state contract for $66,678, which includes, the manufacture, delivery and installation of the new furniture.
The bid was accepted on a 6-2 vote with Putt and Jennifer Wallace voting in opposition.
• approve the request by Narcotics Anonymous of Clearfield to use the middle school auditorium on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a speaker jam. A waiver of the rental fee was also approved.
• approve the Hyde Firecrackers' request to use the Centre Elementary School gym, restrooms and parking lot for practice on May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20 and July 3, and 18 with a waiver of the rental fee.
• approve the following personnel changes, Joe Rumfola, head custodian at Clearfield Elementary resignation for retirement purposes, appoint Tim Cali and remove John Chelednik from the summer school instructor list, appoint Amy Daub as substitute extended school year assistant and approve the Family Medical Leave Act request for Judith Bartel, middle school cleaning person effective April 23 for up to 12 weeks.
• approve June 7 as student make-up day for March 18 with a two-hour early dismissal to prepare for graduation.
• approve the 2013-14 school calendar. On the calendar the first day of school for students is Aug. 28, the last student day is June 5 and graduation is on June 6.
Days off and holidays are as follows, Labor Day Sept. 2, elementary teacher in service day Sept. 23, teacher in service day Nov. 11, Thanksgiving vacation Nov. 28-Dec. 3, Christmas vacation Dec. 23-Jan 1, Martin Luther King Day Jan. 20, winter break Feb. 14 and 17, Easter vacation April 17-22, Memorial Day May 26.
Days missed due to inclement weather would be made up in the following order, Feb. 14, April 22, April 21 and June as needed.
• set the budget meeting for May 6 at 6 p.m. in the middle school library.
• accept the Keystones to Opportunity Grant in the amount of $116,338 to support early childhood education programs with Cen-Clear with $38,792 of the grant being used for district administrative costs and data liaison services.