The Tussey Mountain School Board Monday night acted on several personnel matters including three resignations and hired two full-time aides.

On the board agenda were three letters of resignations which were accepted with regret: Erin Lashinsky, junior high school football cheerleading coach, effective the end of the 2019 football season; Jason Kendall and Wendy Kendall, both assistant soccer coaches, both effective Nov. 7.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of a full-time special needs aide, Sherry Lewis, who will be assisting a student. Her effective starting date is Nov. 20.

Authorization was also granted for the administration to hire a second full-time special needs aide who will be assigned to a new student. The hiring will be effective as soon as feasible.

Also, under personnel matters the board made some changes to the district maintenance department including the creation of the new position of maintenance foreman. Board president James L. Hodge noted that interviews for the position are slated for this Friday.

In preparation for the hiring, the board approved a motion authorizing the administration to fill the position based on the recommendations of the personnel committee. The board also ratified a job description for the new position as recommended by the personnel committee.

In a related matter the board changed current maintenance supervisor Jim Mitchell’s job title to HVAC maintenance foreman, which was also based on the recommendation of the personnel committee as well as a job description for Mitchell’s new position.

The board agreed to advertise for a full-time, day shift custodian who will work at the Tussey Mountain Elementary building.

By a roll call vote of 7-1 the board recognized Abigail Foor as a substitute driver for Snyder Bussing (the lone no vote was casted by board member Jimmy Hodge with these board members voting in the affirmative: Wes Crooks, Brad Rouser, John Baughman, Roy McCabe, Harry Watkins, James L. Hodge and Adam Baker.) Not present for the voting was Brenda Folk.

Also, under personnel matters motions were approved to:

— add Kala Hess to the district list of substitute nurses.

— approve the following personnel: Damon Lemin and Brady Villa, both volunteer wrestling coaches and Anthony Beveridge and Bethany Hershberger, both Class of 2025 advisers both at the stipend of $298.

After listening to brief comments from a district parent, Luke Melius, the board indicated that it is looking into some revisions to the district’s policy on student testing and grading procedures. Hodge said that changes will be made, but not for the 2019-20 school year.

Melius felt that the district needed a more level “playing field” in overseeing testing results and suggested the district look into the weighed grade system used by several other school districts.

Board member Baughman told Melius that the board was examining the matter closely and hopes to come up with some changes, adding that parents and the community would be asked for input.

The board, by a roll call vote of 6-2 awarded a low bid of $119,024 to Creekside General Construction for the replacement of a roof at the district’s storage building in Saxton (former Quality Manufacturing building). Voting no were board members Jimmy Hodge and Wes Crooks.

Approval was also given to a transfer $15,000 from the general fund to the athletic fund to cover supplies and other expenses related to the winter sports season at Tussey.

The board accepted an estimate of $10,483 from West PA Productions LLC to replace three lighting control panels at the high school for outside lights and hallways lights that are not working.

Approval was also given to pay $3,055 for the cost of copyrights associated with the Drama Club’s upcoming play, “Into the Woods.”

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