The Juniata Valley School Board meeting was brief Tuesday evening, but updates to security measures were discussed.
“We received some radios from the first $25,000 (from the School Safety and Security Grant Program and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency), and we also have cameras that are going to be installed,” said Mike Zinobile, superintendent. “The intercom system at the elementary school will be replaced. We got a bid for the system, and we’re hoping to bring it to the board soon. We thought the second $25,000 we received would cover that, but when we got the quote, it was around $34,000, so we need to have a discussion as a board about that.
“This system would be a replacement of the current system,” he added. “It will also be able to connect to the high school, so if there is an emergency, we can connect to both schools. We hope to also get a camera for the weight room, and we also want to install key fobs in different locations. We hope to bring to the board what we have and what we plan on getting.”
In other business, board members approved:
— the 2019 Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee, including, Aden Russell as chair, Andrew Ketner as vice chair, Stephanie Stains as secretary and LaVonda Runk as treasurer.
— a request from high school art teacher Ann Rahoi for time off without pay March 15, 18-20.
— Natalie Ferrucci, Marjorie Steiner, Chris Oliver and John C. Miller to the substitute teacher list for the 2018-19 school year, pending clearances.
— a time-off request from Lorie Nicewonger, English as a Second Language instructor for March 5-8 using a combination of personal days and days without pay.
— authorizing the administration to request bids for equipment maintenance for the 2018-19 school year.
— a payment of the final invoice from the capital reserve fund for Reynolds Energy Services Inc. for $75,851.00.
— an agreement between the district and the Juniata Valley Education Support Professionals Association for a period of three years commencing July 1 and concluding June 30, 2022, and authorize paying 50 percent of the printing costs.
— supplemental contracts for spring 2019 sports coaches and volunteer coaches with compensation determined by the extra-curricular pay scale, contingent upon clearances.
— Jessica Tononi of Petersburg as a van driver, effective Nov. 19, 2018.
— Richard Monihen Jr. as a van driver, pending receipt of required documents and clearances.
— salary increase for the business manager.
— Field trips, including one for the PMEA District 4 Chorus Festival at Clearfield High School Feb. 7-9, one for the Agricultural Cooperation Establishes Success (ACES) conference in Harrisburg Feb. 9-10, the PMEA District 4 Jazz Festival at East Juniata High School Feb. 14-16, the PMEA Region 3 Band Festival at Altoona Area High School March 6-8, and the State Legislative Leadership Conference (for FFA) March 17-19.