EL super contract OK’d

BY PAT FARNELLI

Times-Shamrock Writer

The Elk Lake School Board on Tuesday night (Aug. 21) approved a five-year contract for Superintendent William Bush, at a fixed salary of $144,000 per year, with 25 paid days off including the week of Christmas vacation.

Bush’s contract has a start date of July 1, 2012, and will be in effect until July 30, 2018.

The school board had previously voted to freeze the salaries of administrators, including Bush.

Board President Chuck Placesaid, “Dr. Bush has certainly stepped up to the plate (with his contract agreements).”

Twenty-five percent of Bush’s salary is paid by the Susquehanna County Career andTechnologyCenter. The contract also specifies that no funds can be accumulated by not using sick or vacation days.

In other business, the board approved the payment of a stack of bills for the SCCTC’s expansion project, which at the time of the board meeting was close to completion, with a ribbon cutting ceremony announced for Saturday, Aug. 25.

Payments were also approved for the roofing project, as well as a change order for that project.

A dual enrollment plan was announced in cooperation withMansfieldUniversity. Place said that the tuition is “competitively priced,” compared to the other dual enrollment colleges and universities which already have Elk Lake students participating in a program in which they can earn college credit.

This is the first timeElkLakehas offered online courses for credit as well as college credit for courses taken at the high school. Many of the courses were not previously available.

Plan Con K was submitted during the budget part of the agenda because of the recent switch from a bank loan to bonds.

A lengthy list of athletic and activity positions was approved. Junior High principal Brian Mallery discussed the fall sports schedule, and thanked the maintenance department for an “outstanding job grooming the fields for athletic events.”

Pamela Staats said that some special education students left the district, but the same number of new students have registered, so the numbers are the same. Sue Heed said that the district enrollment now stands at 1,284.

An equity plan was approved for the Title 1 program.

The Arts Alive program submitted a bill for $1,600 forElkLakestudents from elementary to high school who participated in the summer program.

A substitute list was approved, as were permanent contracts, leadership teams, a crisis counselor agreement, and mentors.

An alternative education position was filled by hiring Mrs. Ashley Hughes at a salary of $42,600. This is for an in-house program, replacing the Pathways program previously used.

An agreement with Tri-Guard for fire alarms and inspection was approved.

A bullying policy needs to be reviewed according to state requirements. The attendance policy has been modified, with 10 unexcused absences per year allowed before a medical excuse is required for students age 16 or younger. After 20 days of unexcused absences, the student and parents will need to meet with the superintendent.

Dr. Rodger Sayre and theGeisingerMedicalCenterhad formerly been contracted as the district’s health services provider of physicals.

A notice was received from Sayre stating that he was giving notice that he would be terminating the service in 30 days, which was dated on Aug. 2.

Football players participating in the joint football team withMontroseAreaSchool Districtwill have a conflict in schedules for late bus transportation, as they will be returning toElkLakeafter the late buses have already left. The late bus schedule may need to be modified by 15 or 20 minutes.

A kindergarten mother attended to voice her appreciation for keeping kindergarten class size small.

An academic program review meeting will be held on Aug. 20.

The next Elk Lake School Board meeting is set for Sept. 20 at7 p.m.