MASB makes summer improvements

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Montrose Area school board heard from two new administrators Monday during the work session, as well as reports from Technology Director Craig Owens on projects updating the school’s IT programs and equipment.

Mike Boccella, the new assistant principal for the Junior/Senior High School, thanked the board for the opportunity, and said that he has already immersed himself in the scheduling process.

“I am excited to get to work, and already have started on scheduling, as well as familiarizing myself with the new state teacher effectiveness instrument,” he said.

Boccella, as assistant principal, will be conducting teacher evaluations according to the new state model. He said that he will be participating in a training workshop for teacher effectiveness at the intermediate unit on July 13.

Interviews for the French teaching position will be held this week, he said.
Chris Tripp, the new transportation and facilities director, said that he has been conducting bus inspections and recalculating routes, both manually and using software.

He said that a bridge that is out in the Laurel Lake area will be a challenge for bus routing.

As for buildings and grounds, Tripp said that Evans Mechanical is working out the details with the Leatherstocking gas company to connect the high school to natural gas utility lines.

He said that next week, Leatherstocking representatives will be coming to walk the proposed line routes with him and other school officials to reach a decision on the best placement.

There is a leak in the roof at the point where two gymnasiums meet, over the Junior High wing, that was constructed by a company in Maryland that is no longer in existence. There is about 1,000 square feet opf resulting floor damage. The project is estimated at $15,000.

Owens reported that he and his student technology workers are converting the Google DOCS programs to Office 360. They are also updating the graphics lab in the high school and replacing the computer system’s content filter.
Owens said that both elementary schools are having their computer labs and servers replaced.