McClure Company presents findings to TV School Board
Published: January 17, 2013
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HEGINS - Representatives from the McClure Company attended the Tri-Valley School Board meeting held last Wednesday evening to discuss their findings of the Investment Grade Audit.
Last February, the board granted permission to the company to study each building in the district and make recommendations to the board of different changes that can be made to heating and cooling systems, electrical, etc. to save the district money.
Shayne Homan of the McClure Company presented the findings to the district and gave them their recommendations. Homan said the district has several options to consider. He said he hopes to present the final program for approval to the district at the February meeting and to begin the project by March and finish sometime between June or August.
Homan said the savings are guaranteed for the district. If for some reason after the work is complete and the district doesn't receive the savings the company predicted, the McClure Company will need to issue a check to the district.
In other business, the board has voted to not raise taxes above the index for the 2013-14 school year.
The budget and finance committee reported the district received a letter from the Department of Education informing the district that allocation was granted for the QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) in the amount of $8,997,000.
QZAB is a federal zero interest (up to 25 years) program. QZAB eligibility is based on 35% or more students on free/reduced lunch. The funds can be used for renovation, energy, technology, equipment, curriculum, and teacher training.
Prior to the meeting, the board held an executive session for an hour to discuss legal and personnel issues.
Several members of the public were in attendance of the meeting to voice their concerns regarding the position of high school football coach.
Steve Troutman of Valley View, addressed the board. "I'm here on behalf of the Little Bulldog Football program," said Troutman. "It has been brought to our attention that Shawn Masser has applied for the position of high school football coach. We just want to let the board know that we greatly support Masser. He would be an excellent choice and he is great with the kids and would do an excellent job for the program."
Jason Howard, a Hegins resident, also addressed the board concerning the coaching position.
"I put my name in for the head coaching position for Tri-Valley football," said Howard. "I really believe that if given the opportunity I would do well. There are a lot of kids pulling for me. I want to be given an opportunity to help the kids and give the program a new look and grow with the program."
Superintendent Mark Snyder said Coach Michael Kogut has not resigned from the position, however, all coaches in all sports re-apply each year for the position.
"The athletic committee merely decided to accept applications for the position," said Snyder. Coach Kogut is welcome to re-apply if he so chooses."
Snyder said interviews have not yet been scheduled for position, but should occur in the near future. He said he anticipates that the position may be filled at the February meeting.
January is school board appreciation month and each member of the board was presented a certificate for their years of service to the board.