Carmichaels Area amends study council agreement

November 15, 2012

CARMICHAELS – Carmichaels Area School Board voted Thursday to amend an agreement with the University of Pittsburgh’s Tri-State Study Council, which is helping the district prepare its comprehensive plan.

Superintendent Craig Baily told the board the council has been assisting the district with the plan for about the last year and the plan is almost completed.

Changes recently mandated by the state, however, have required the district to make a number of late revisions, he said.

The 115-page plan, which details the district’s goals and strategies for the next three years, must be submitted to the state by Nov. 30. Baily said the plan would be ready by that time.

The motion approved by the board will increase the council’s consulting fees to the district to $3,750.

In other business, elementary Principal Rob Cole, presenting the federal program report, told the board a proposed 40 percent reduction in federal Title I money is apparently no longer being considered.

The district receives more than $400,000 in Title I money, which is used at the elementary school for teacher salaries and supplies, Baily said.

He said the district now expects to receive an amount closer to what it budgeted.

The board tabled action on a request by the softball team to attend the Cal Ripken Experience, a softball tournament in Myrtle Beach, N.C., from March 14 to 24.

Board members said they were in favor of the team attending the event, however, they didn’t want the assistant coach, who teaches sixth grade, to be absent those days because his students would be taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests.

A new teacher in the classroom during the test would be a change that might not be beneficial to the students, Cole said.

Head softball coach David Briggs said he will check to see if another week is available. The board said it would consider the motion again at its next meeting.

The board’s next meeting will be a reorganization meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The board’s regular meeting will follow reorganization.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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