During the regular August 18 meeting of the Troy School Board, the topic of General Obligation Bonds was discussed with Les Bear, representing Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated.
There is an additional article in this edition of the paper.
These reports were given:
Pennsylvania School Boards Association - Bill Brasington reminded all board members to attend the PA School Board Association's Conference. He liked what they talk about and said he was very impressed with the speakers and the seminars.
Primary School Report - Steve Brion, said that the staff was in and very excited about the school year and the new programs which will be instituted. Kindergarten orientation was August 20.
Intermediate School Report - Mary Abreu noted that "We have a good first day. Building is prepared and getting cleaned up. Final cleaning take place."
Junior/Senior High School Report - Principal Sue Shipman noted that they recently held an iPad orientation where almost the entire student body and their parents were in attendance. She said that the students were very excited about using their iPad.
Troy School Board Hears About Bond Obligations-Hires Receives Several Donations From Former Graduates and Clubs
The professional employees represented by the Troy Area Education Association (TAEA) voted on Wednesday, August 19th to give their leadership the ability to call for a work stoppage beginning whenever the bargaining team deems it proper. Rick Bowers, TAEA President, said “A strike is absolutely the last thing we want to do. We’ve been bargaining for two and a half years. We have agreed to concessions. We agreed to a neutral fact finder’s report even though it included more concessions. Unfortunately, no matter how much we concede the District seems to want more.”
Entire School Eligible for Free Meals
The Canton Area School District Board of Education held its August meeting with President Jared Wilcox and Directors Judy Sourbeer, Dennis Sourbeer, Bill Holland, Melony Taylor, Mike Herman, Eric Anderson and Ryan Allen; Superintendent Matt Gordon, Elementary Principal John Rimmer, High School Principal Craig Coleman, Business Manager Mark Jannone, Special Education Supervisor Dan Coran, Food Services Director Shawna Lee and Solicitor Dick Sheetz. There was an audience of seven.
The minutes of the June meeting were approved.
Under Administrators' Reports, Superintendent Matt Gordon reported that “The campus of Canton is busy again...the staff has done a fantastic job over the summer. The principals and support staff have done a remarkable job of gearing up for the school year.” He said that the high school was the site for three days of BLaST IU 17 training. Schedules for the faculty in-service days have been sent out.
Mr. Gordon briefly discussed the state budget situation. “We are in day 43 for the budget stalemate,” he said. “The Governor and the legislature are at odds. The Governor is holding out for his education budget. There has been some movement in pension reform, but [a resolution] is a long way out.”
Mr. Gordon said “there is an outcry over the PSSA data.” He said the assessments were more rigorous and the score thresholds were raised and some standards moved. He said “What was the sixth grade [threshold] now is fourth grade.” Mr. Gordon likened the shifting standards to target shooting. “We were sighted in for 100 yards and they moved the target to 500 yards, and we missed.” He added that Lancaster County Schools that had scored in to 90s now were in the 40s. “No gaps were closed. There is work to be done – absolutely, but we have a mechanism for improvement” he said. He repeated what he had told the board in June: “Our kids were better prepared and the teachers did a better job than ever.” He said, statewide, “No one stayed the same, some benchmarks went down by 10 to 30 points. “We’ve got to start from scratch, go back to the drawing board, and get everything dialed back in.”
At the regular Troy School Board meeting held August 11 the board approved the following:
Ricky J. Cordingly, Casual Custodian at TIS
Dorothy MacClaren Casual Custodian at WRC
Sarah Brown, Science Teacher at JSHS
Brianna Erdmann was hired as a Music teacher.
Support staff employment:
Jennifer Chamberlain, 10 month casual Food Service Assistant.
Jessica Pepper, Category 2 Secretary at JSHS.
At the July 21 meeting of the Troy School Board, the minutes of the previous meetings, treasurer's report and cafeteria report were approved.
Reports were heard as follows:
Northern Tier Career Center - John Morgan noted that Heather McPherson will be the new superintendent of NTCC. Also that director, Elizabeth Franhouser will be resigning and currently they are seeking a new director.
Federal Programs – Steve Brion said, "We have filed for the program. Just waiting to hear."
Primary School Report - Steve Brion reported work on scheduling. He did note that the building was looking good and sealant has been applied to the driveway.
At the June 24 meeting of the Troy School Board, the board adopted a General Fund operating budget for the 2015-16 school year in the amount of $23,518,873 with a Real Estate tax levy of 38.90 mills (3.890 per $100 of assessed valuation) an Occupation tax levy of 1600 mills ($160.00 per $100 of assessed valuation); a per Capita (ACT 511) tax levy of $5.00; and a per Capita (Section 679) tax levy of $5.00. There will be a Discount of 2% for real estate and occupation taxes paid within two months of the billing date; a Penalty of 10% for real estate and occupation taxes paid after four months of the billing date. The budget also has a Real Estate Transfer (Act 511) tax of 1% and; an 8) Earned income tax (Act 511) tax levy of ½ of 1%.
Administrators gave their reports at the June 11 meeting of the Canton Area School District Board of Education.
Superintendent of Schools Matt Gordon "commended and acknowledged all our staff, students and administrators for reaching the end of the course and successfully completing all assessments." He noted several end-of-the-year events that recognized the achievements of the students. A dinner was held for Holly Keegan, Pat Pepper and Brenda Hilfiger, all of whom retired at the end of the school year.
"They will be missed," Mr. Gordon said.
Administrative reports given at the June School Board meeting will be reported in the June 25 paper.
At its June 11 meeting, the Canton School Board approved these Fall Sports coaches, stipends as noted:
Diana Bailey, Band Director, $5,597.02
Bob Rockwell, Athletic Director, $7,534.45
Jay Perry, Varsity Football Coach, $5,166.48
Damon Perry, Asst. Varsity Football Coach, $4,735.94
Lyle Wesneski, Junior Varsity Football Coach, $4,520.67
Matt Machmer, Asst. Junior Varsity Football Coach, $3,874.86
Tyler Sechrist, Junior High Head Football Coach, step 3, $4,090.13
Sheila Wesneski, Varsity Volleyball Coach, $5,597.02
Abigail Williams, Junior Varsity Volley Coach, $4,520.67
Barry Morgan, Cross Country Head Coach, $4,951.21
Marcie Jennings, Football Cheerleading Coach, $4,305.40
Marcie Jennings, Competition Cheerleading Coach, $4,305.40
The Canton Area School District Board of Education held its June meeting with President Jared Wilcox, Directors Mike Herman, Eric Anderson, Melony Taylor, Gary Black, Judy Sourbeer, Dennis Sourbeer and Ryan Allen, Superintendent of Schools Matt Gordon, Elementary Principal John Rimmer, High School Principal Craig Coleman, Business Manager Mark Jannone, Special Education Supervisor Dan Coran. Solicitor Dick Sheetz and an audience of seven.
The minutes of the May meeting were approved.