PTSB approves trucks, lights & dance club

Published Oct 23, 2013 at 6:43 am (Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm)

During its regular monthly meeting Oct. 21, the Peters Township School Board voted unanimously to spend nearly $200,000 on items and installations not directly related to academics.

Included in the amount was $59,964 for two 2014 Ford E-250 school vans from Woltz and Wind Ford. These were purchased through the State Purchasing contract with the funds coming from Capital Projects. Also purchased was a 2013 Ford E350 cutaway box delivery truck with a power-lift gate, a pull-out ramp and a side-entry door from Kenny Ross for $28,608 as well as a 2014 Ford F-450 chassis, one-ton dump truck with a snow plow, stainless steel dump bed and stainless steel tailgate salt spreader for $56,304. Again, the funds are coming from Capital Projects.

Other expenditures were for an air conditioning unit for the high school server room, purchasing and installing lights for illuminating flags at the high school, the stadium, McMurray Elementary School and the Pleasant Valley athletic fields. Costs were slightly more than $11,000.

In other action, the board voted to name the dance team a club sport rather than an activity. Board members Lori Cuervo and Cindy Golembiewski dissented.

According to Superintendent Jeannine French, reclassifying the team will permit the boosters and parents more power overseeing decisions. Before the move is official, the dance team must prove that all affiliated with the team have the required clearances.

Kim Scott, co-president of the squad, told board members the team wanted to become a club sport. French assured Scott and the team that the district would provide help formulating bylaws. The team must also complete the mandatory three-year probationary period to assure the district the team has adequate support.

The board approved a new district policy governing dedications and memorials. The decision arose after a sign proclaiming Evelyn’s Way was installed without board approval.

The event fee for the 2013-14 school year was changed from $80 to $85 per game for the officials for varsity basketball.

Additionally, the board terminated employee 1895. Citing personnel issues, the board did not name the employee, identify where the person worked or cite a reason for termination.

The board voted unanimously and without comment for the motion. The only information divulged about the motion was that the administration conducted an investigation and suspended the employee without pay Oct. 15. The employee did not demand a hearing.

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