Millersburg honors teachers

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MILLERSBURG - The Millersburg Area School Board recognized a trio of district teachers for their outstanding service September 17, and agreed to pay the district's architect for completion of state forms regarding a potential building project. Superintendent Sheree-Lee S. Knorr also answered questions about the district's meal payment system a few days following the meeting.

Jill Doyle, a Lenkerville Elementary Life Skills Support teacher, was nominated for the Josephine J. Decima for Excellence Award in the field of Special Eduction. Leslie Hepler, a high school chemistry and physics teacher, was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award, sponsored by the Shippensburg Study Council; and Pamela Rudy, a Lenkerville Elementary fifth grade teacher, received the WGAL Teacher Impact Award. The teachers were nominated at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Knorr presented each recipient with her award.

In other business, the board voted 8-1 to pay Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates' fee of $25,000 for the completion of Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) PlanCon Part A forms and related documentation, prior to the October 1, 2012 deadline for submission. Director Donald Harris voted no. Payment of the fee will be credited to any future building project, as long as the district moves forward with a project within the next three years and retains the services of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates. No decision has been made by the board on its plans for any future renovation or construction. A committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 to discuss the potential building project.

When The Citizen-Standard contacted Knorr about the district's meal payment plan after it was reported a student was denied a lunch when sufficient funds were no longer in that student's account, Knorr said she could not address information about an individual student, but could respond in general terms.

"We do have an email system that goes out once a week if the child has $5 or less in their account and parents have been getting them," she said. "This only works if parents give us their email address, which most do. Parents may get passwords to log-in to Power School to track their children's accounts or check into the offices if need be. Since the beginning of school, students have been told if their accounts are low or in need of money. Accounts can go in the arrear by $5 and that would account for any money lost or forgotten. In fact, a student can lose or forget money for two days before a meal can be denied," Knorr said.

There were other students who were denied a meal, she said.

"When we had the ticket system, students had to pay cash for their food tickets, but still could accumulate an IOU of $5. However, the ticket system did prevent a lot of negative balances," she said.

The district is trying to make sure parents are given advance notice about the status of the lunch accounts, before any meals would be denied.

"We are trying to work this out, so everyone knows the procedures," Knorr said.

In other matters,

- High School Principal Stephen Herman announced a community panel is being formed in regard to formulating an updated curriculum in Industrial Arts and Family & Consumer Sciences and aligning the district with the Career Pathways Model. Local business owners, teachers, students, administrators and board members are invited to be a part of the process.

- Lenkerville Elementary Principal Michael Lyter gave Director Peg Lebo a public thank you on behalf of the school's fourth-graders who went on a field trip to the Millersburg Ferryboat on September 14. Lebo made cookies for the students.

- Jeffrey Prouse, Director of Student Services & Athletics, announced Millersburg has been selected as a site for the taping of a promotional video for Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA). CAOLA has teamed up with WITF and Edison-Learning, providers of the middle and high school components of the program, to produce a few short videos on the benefits of CAOLA to the district staff, students and families who are part of the consortium. The video-taping was tentatively set for September 25.

- Prouse also noted that guidelines were developed to ensure the public's safety around the athletic field in regard to traffic flow. He also thanked the district's custodial staff for keeping the athletic facilities in such excellent condition. "I'd like to thank David Lenker for his work on the athletic field. We have received several compliments from the community on how nice the field has looked this year," said Prouse.

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