MCA board approves contracts for calling system, tracking and evaluating programs
MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Area School Board unanimously approved contracts for an automated calling system, a performance tracker for students and new electronic software to evaluate teachers during a brief meeting Thursday night in the Richard Beierschmitt Auditorium.
The board also hired several special education aides.
A contract was approved with Frontline Technologies for an automated substitute calling system for substitute teachers and aides. The cost of the system for the first year is $6,100, including a $2,500 set-up fee. After the first year, the system will cost $3,600 annually.
Directors entered into a contract with SunGard at an annual fee of $5,100 to provide a performance tracker that will input data from Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, Keystone exams and localized standardized assessments of students. The districtwide tracker will pinpoint areas where students experience problems so they can improve their scores. In addition to identifying students' scores, the tracker will list school and class assessments.
The board approved a contract with Edulink Systems at $3,225 per year for electronic software services known as PA-ETEP to evaluate teachers in accordance with a state mandate.
Approving the contracts were Directors Michael Rovito, Charlie Mannello, Raymond Kraynak, Thomas Ditchey, Donna James, Dr. Ray Kraynak and Robert Muldowney. Michael Brinkash and Joseph D'Andrea were absent.
Jackie Burell, Michelle Wills, Shana McGinley, Rachel Katinsky and Beth Ann Schoppy were hired as special education aides at $7.25 per hour for six hours per day.
Linda Koschoff and Maryann Horsfield were hired as cleaning personnel at $7.25 per hour for four hours per day.
The board accepted the resignations of Jena Oley as high school life skills teachers, and 2014 class adviser, Meghan Wasilewski, as student council adviser and Kevin Wagner as swim instructor.
Wagner's resignation as assistant boys soccer coach and assistant swim coach also was accepted.
The board accepted the resignation of assistant varsity wrestling coach Bart McCollum, who will remain on the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Jennifer Biddinger was approved as a junior-senior high school Student Assistance Program team coordinator with a stipend of $525.
Anne Darrup and Tammy Michaels were approved as freshman class advisers and Timothy McConnell was approved as senior class adviser.
Directors approved a salary classification change for elementary school teacher Dorothy Smith from $30,215 (bachelor's step 1) to $31,215 (master's step 1).
The board voted in favor of Mark B. Miller, Larry B. Breech, Otto W. Voit III and Kathy K. Swope as president-elect, vice president, treasurer and at-large representative (central region), respectively, of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.