Tussey Mountain School Board reviewed a tentative agenda for next week’s regular board session that includes a motion to contract with Saxton Borough Council for the position of a school resource officer (SRO) Monday evening.

The position, along with a job description for the SRO, will be among several back-to-school motions the board is expected to act on next Monday evening, noted board president James L. Hodge who opened last night’s workshop with a 30-minute executive session called for personnel matters.

The SRO position which expired the end of last school year, has been discussed at length by both Saxton Borough Council and the school district administration, with the full school board slated to act on the position next week. Details of the proposed contract will be released at the school board’s Monday, Aug. 19, meeting, noted superintendent Dr. Gary Dawson.

Much of last night’s work session focused on back-to-school preparations with Tussey educator’s first day set for Monday, Aug. 19, followed by the first day of school for students on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The approval of $4,471 is expected to be agreed on by the board next week which calls for the purchase of a new stage curtain for the Tussey Elementary School. The curtain will be purchased from the North State Co.

Board secretary Lisa Rankin and Dr. Dawson noted that it was very difficult to locate a firm to provide the curtain. “There’s a limited number of companies out there,” remarked the district superintendent.

A motion to purchase new blinds for the elementary school was tabled until more quotes can be secured. Dawson said that the district was having the same problems finding a company that sells blinds. A bid from Budget Blinds for $16,362 was the only quote to date, the district obtained.

In preparation for the start of the 2019-20 school year the board will approve nearly two pages of district staffers and volunteers as well as several building use and field trip requests. Also, on the agenda is a list of bus stops and school bids for the new school term.

When the board meets Aug. 19, it will give authorization for Tussey Future Farmers of America (FFA) students to take part in the Southern Huntingdon County School District’s FFA program. Last year, Tussey students participated in a similar program with the Forbes Road School District in Fulton County. The program involves online activities, said Dawson.

The board also plans to give its permission for the Lady Titans soccer team to conduct a fundraiser at the athletic field to aid the Huntingdon County Humane Society. In addition to money, the organization will accept animal food for use at the Humane Society headquarters.

School district officials announced that a PRIDE Community Movie Night will be hosted by the school students at the athletic field 8 p.m.to midnight, Saturday, Sept. 14. In addition to middle and high school students, the public is invited to attend the event. Serving as supervisor will be Amanda Adams.

Also scheduled for next Monday night are motions to approve two high school site coordinators for the 21st Century Program (after-school activities) for the 2019-20 school year, accept with regret the resignation of Amy Minnick, part-time special needs aide at the middle school and to contract with Melody Toth, who will provide athletic trainer services for fall sports (the district continues to search for someone to handle those services for winter and spring sports).

It was announced that the building and grounds committee will hold a meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19, to address several building-related matters.

Ron can be reached at dnews@huntingdondailynews.com.


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