Jeffereson-Morgan board reorganizes, retains leaders

December 4, 2012

JEFFERSON – Jefferson-Morgan School Board held its reorganization meeting Tuesday and voted to retain its current leaders.

Mark Pochron was re-elected president and Bob Mitchell vice president. Each was elected unanimously and will serve his third consecutive year in his respective post.

Pochron thanked the board for its vote of confidence and noted he has now served on the board for 22 years. He told his fellow board members he was “very proud” of the current board and it is one of the best on which he has served.

This board has focused on the issues, considered all sides and has always kept the students foremost in its decisions, Pochron said.

The board agreed to continue to meet the third Monday of each month, except in January, when the meeting is Jan. 22; February, when it is Feb. 19; June, when the meeting is June 24; and December, when the meeting is Dec. 2.

The planning meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and regular meeting at 7 p.m.

At its regular meeting following reorganization, Superintendent Donna Furnier announced the district’s field house and fitness center is now open to the public thanks to several volunteers who have come forth to serve as monitors.

The board last month approved three field house monitors, Mitchell, Greg Hillsman and Ryan Jeffries.

The field house will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. During the holidays, people interested in using it are asked to call the district office for hours.

Mitchell also said the monitors hope to post hours on the field house door a week in advance.

In October, several residents attending the meeting had questioned whether the field house was open to the public. For a time, the district did not have public sessions because of a lack of monitors.

The board voted to create the position of district office operations assistant and transferred Gina Rafail, now the business office secretary, to the post at a salary of $39,500.

Furnier explained the administration created the position to combine the duties of the business office secretary and the secretary to the superintendent. The board accepted the resignation of the secretary to the superintendent, Linda King, last month.

The board voted to approve a school improvement plan for the elementary school, which had failed to make adequate yearly progress on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

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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