On Tuesday evening, the members of the Bellwood-Antis Area School District Board of Directors conducted their last official school board meeting prior to the opening of the 2019-2020 school year.

Prior to going into the agenda for the evening’s meeting, Bob Fisher, school board president, announced that an executive session would be held following the board meeting in order to discuss potential litigation matters.

The board members then went into the heart off the meeting for the night, which dealt, for the most part, with personnel, extra curricular activities, building grounds, transportation, and curriculum.

Under curricular activities, the board approved Paul Pfahler to the position of coordinator of events security at a rate of $16 per hour. It was noted that this rate is the same rate that was paid last year. In continuation with security at events, the following individuals were approved for events during the 2019-2020 school year. These were all approved at a rate of $14 per hour, which is also the same rate that was approved for last year. These individuals were; Pam Emigh, Paul Pfahler, Ron Adams, and Scott Hemming.

In an area that was listed under building, grounds, and transportation, the board members approved the updated contract with Dagostino Electronic Services. This is for the safety grant replacement for the doors of the school district. The original cost was $632,900, with a grant that was to cover $628,000 and left an amount of $4,900 to be covered for the project by the school district funds.

The next area concerned the curriculum items that the school board would be taking action. These were specifically dealing with contractual agreements with organizations and the Bellwood-Antis School District. The first contract to be approved was with Allegheny Intermediate Unit, who is doing business as Waterfront Learning Services, and the school district for the 2019-2020 school year.

A letter of agreement between the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program, Inc. and the district for the new school year was approved by the district. This contract was at no cost to the district. All parties agreed to cooperate in providing services for the Student Assistance Program and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Services.

The district also granted approval for a new science elective course, Engineering and Robotics, begging with the 2019-2020 school year. This new elective course will be replacing Applied Physics.

A memorandum of understanding was approved for the new school year between the Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center Child/Adolescent Partial Hospitalization program and the Bellwood-Antis School District for all student that are attending their program. The cost of the programs $55 per day.

The next item that was approved dealt with at risk students. An agreement was approved between the UPMC Behavioral Health Services and Bellwood-Antis School District to provide multiple school based programs for at risk students for the school year.

The only area that received a no vote throughout the evening came under the finance committee agenda point. In particular, it dealt with the motion made to approve sports ticket prices for the 2019-2020 school year as presented. Although the motion passed, there was one no vote which was cast by board member Kevin Luensmann.

Additional information that was completed at the Tuesday evening school board meeting will also be appearing in Friday’s edition of The Daily Herald.

Chuck Banas can be reached at cbanas@thedailyherald.net.


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