J-M board hires technology administrator and receives good grade on cafeteria audit

District receives a ‘perfect’ mark for cafeteria audit

November 19, 2013

JEFFERSON – Jefferson-Morgan School Board voted Monday to hire a new technology administrator and was informed the district’s cafeteria program had received a “perfect” federal audit.

The board hired Jacob Shingle as technology administrator to replace Adam Swinchock, who left the district this month to become technology coordinator in Peters Township School District.

Shingle, who has worked on the technology staff at Intermediate Unit 1 for the last year and half, was hired at a starting salary of $40,000. He will begin work in the district Dec. 2.

The board also accepted the retirement of longtime secondary math teacher Debra Blouir, effective Nov. 22; and the resignation of secondary math teacher Richard Kolesar, who started in the district in August and left Oct. 30.

The board filled one of the math positions, hiring Lindsay Shay, who will begin work immediately.

The board was informed a federal audit had been conducted of the district’s cafeteria program. The district received a “perfect” review with no findings, Superintendent Donna Furnier said.

The audit was very detailed and included a review of cafeteria records, a nutritional analysis of the menu as well as an inspection one day this month of the elementary cafeteria.

“A lot of hard work went into this,” Sherry Kottke, cafeteria supervisor, said. She thanked the cafeteria staff, teachers and administrators, noting the cafeteria’s success is a “team effort.”

Kottke also was asked whether the district regularly has to throw food away that is included as part of a meal by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The act set new guidelines for meals and, for example, requires the district to serve at least a half cup of fruit or vegetables with each meal.

A study would have to be completed to determine the waste, Kottke said. She added, however, that students are encouraged to place unwanted items on a separate table for those who may want them. New requirements also place a cap on the calories included in each meal.

The board approved a salary adjustment of 3 percent for business manager Jennifer Foringer and a $1,050 salary increase for Gina Rafail, district office operations assistant.

It also voted to transfer $470,000 from the district’s 2012-13 fund balance into a capital project fund.

Maintenance supervisor Scott Lafferty reported work is proceeding to replace the roofs over the gymnasium and auditorium. The project is expected to be completed in two or three weeks. Lafferty was asked to make sure the manufacturer of the roofing material was inspecting the work. It will be the manufacturer that will provide the warranty.

The board reappointed Liam Ryan as head varsity football coach and assistant varsity football coaches Brent Baker, David Friend, Dennis Garrett and Aaron Georgi.

John Curtis was reappointed head varsity golf coach and Robert Greenlee golf program volunteer. Lisa Olson and Sean Lohrer were appointed middle school volleyball coaches.

The board accepted the resignation of assistant girls’ basketball coach Ellen Hildebrand, effective at the conclusion of the season.

Furnier announced Kirsten Clites, a junior, had served as parliamentarian for the recent Skills USA leadership conference at Seven Springs. Advisers to the program at the Greene County Career and Technology Center are Judi Easter and Shawn Golden.

The board voted to accept a donation of playground equipment from CTC .

The board will hold its reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. It will be followed by the board’s regular December meeting.

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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