DASD defers agreement with resource officers|
Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - A proposed 5½-year service agreement between DuBois Area School District and the City of DuBois for the employment of school resource officers has been deferred. The district's current contract with the city expires Dec. 31.
At last night's DuBois School Board meeting, Board Director Patty Fish made a motion to defer the agreement. Her motion passed, 7-1, with Board Director Lloyd McCreight voting against deferral. Vice President Scott Farrell was absent from the meeting.
"I just want to make it clear that we're not stopping the SRO program," said Fish. "Student safety is of the utmost importance to us. But, we do want to look into other options and be sure that we make the best decision for the taxpayers."
Assistant Superintendent Roger Collins gave a presentation on the district's student resource officer program at Thursday's work session. Collins contacted Butler, St. Marys, Moshannon Valley and Cranberry School Districts to gather information about their programs. Collins explored DEA Investigation and Security, Pennsylvania State Police, Lawrence Township Police and ITG Consultants, Inc. as additional service options. Collins said he's a huge proponent of the SRO program.
Former Superintendent Timothy Deluccia last year addressed the Senate Education and Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees on the issue of school safety. Deluccia outlined the positive outcomes of having a student resource officer. The SROs nurture a positive culture with students in the classroom and in the hallways, cafeteria and stadium, Deluccia testified.
A resolution appointing a tax collector for the district was approved. The board appointed the City of DuBois' treasurer for the collection of district taxes levied within the school district. The salary of the city treasurer for the collection of school taxes shall not exceed $21,947.43 in 2014, $22,605.85 in 2015, $23,284.03 in 2016 and $23,982.55 in 2017.
A motion that was at the July 24 board meeting to create a confidential secretarial position to be shared by the director of human resources/school safety and director of curriculum/instruction and approve a confidential secretarial position for the director of human resources/school safety was rescinded. A change of status was then granted to Paula Fitzpatrick from secretary of the district office to confidential secretary (director of human resources/school safety).
In other business, McCreight was appointed DASD voting delegate for a delegate assembly meeting to be held on Oct. 15 during the 2013 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference.
The board approved a late agenda item - a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with an anonymous developer who has come forward to establish a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone in Sandy Township.
According to a previous article in The Progress, Clearfield County solicitor Kim Kesner said the original developer of the property never purchased it or acquired property interest.
Leaves of absence were approved for DAHS instructor Tracy Chewning and Wasson Elementary instructor Hillary Anderson.
The board accepted the resignations of Sheri Burtop, DAHS child specific aide; Aerika Liddington, DAHS child specific aide and Jonathan Cantafio, extra-duty varsity assistant football coach.
Under employment, the board hired Lisa Perkins, special education teacher aide at Juniata Elementary School; Wende Hoover, special education teacher aide at Juniata; Elizabeth Spellen, temporary part-time child specific aide; Brittany Smith, special education instructor and Kristen Brady, elementary instructor.
The board also hired Sean Craig, extra-duty varsity cross-country assistant; Tony Wallock, extra-duty off-season softball conditioning and Crystal Rishell extra-duty costumes (all-school drama), makeup and wardrobe (all-school musical). Alexandra Feldbauer was added to the list of lifeguards.
An executive session was held prior to the meeting to discuss legal and personnel issues.
DuBois School Board's next meeting, a work session is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the administrative office.