Mountain View formalizing crisis policy

Mountain View students raised $1,900 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. Senior Chris Powers, along with Future Business Leaders of America co-presidents Jimmy O'Brien and Olivia Zick coordinated the fundraising. They worked with area hairstylists Liz Thomas, Heather Gregory, Judy Molenko and Diane Rusek, who volunteered their time to put a pink streak in students, faculty and staff members' hair that made a donation. They collected $800 for their efforts. Students also had a donation bucket in the cafeteria. If $500 was raised, science teacher Mr. Schulte agreed to dye his whole head pink. At the end of the fundraising efforts more than $1068 was collected in the bucket and Mr. Schulte was joined by fellow teachers Mr. Sinkovich and Mrs. Kelsey in having their whole heads dyed pink for the effort.”

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Mountain View School Board was given the start of a new crisis management handbook at its meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Andrew Chichura said that auditors had recommended that a plan be formally pulled together with existing procedures in place.

He said that what the board had been given was an overview, but the actual plan itself- how the district should conduct itself during an actual emergency could not be given out to the public.

He said a draft final document was in the works as a joint effort with the school’s administrators, and board members could take a look at if they wanted to come by the office.

He said the plan could be ready by the board’s Nov. 22 meeting for approval, or it might be at the board’s second meeting in December.

In other business the school seemed to have some difficulty with job descriptions that the whole board could agree on.

One for a certified school nurse was tabled, and another for a school health technician, suffered the same fate as the result of a split vote with four voting for it, four against it and board member Sondra Stine absent.

There was no discussion about the actual description, and why board members Kevin Griffiths, Dava Rinehart-Cowan, Jay Wescott and Gina Yarrish voted against it.

The board did approve the following supplemental salary positions:  baseball coach Ryan McAndrew, softball coach Mike Molenko, softball assistant Mike Molenko Jr., head track coach Luke Gorham, track assistant Melody Haley, and boys volleyball assistant Mark Hemmerly.

Also approved were baseball assistant William Norton, junior varsity baseball coach Ernest Griffis, and junior high baseball coach Brion Stone.

In addition, Anthony Borgia was approved as a volunteer for the high school baseball program.

The board also rescinded the appointment of a junior high basketball coach and approved the advertising for a replacement.

Jenny Keating was approved as a long-term substitute at a salary of $160 per day retoactive to Nov. 4.

The board also had the second reading of school policies dealing with conduct/disciplinary procedures, outside activities, freedom of speech in nonschool settings, political activities, gifts, tobacco use and personnel files.

Sharaton Bus of Wyalusing was also approved as the lowest qualified quote for a sixth grade trip to Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C. and for fifth graders to go to Harrisburg.

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