Proposals aim for efficiency
MOUNT CARMEL - Proposals to approve an automated substitute calling system, a performance tracker for students and new electronic software to evaluate teachers were discussed at Monday night's work session of Mount Carmel Area School Board.
Superintendent Bernie Stellar said the district hopes to purchase an automated substitute calling system for substitute teachers and aides. He said 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.
Stellar talked about a performance tracker that will input data from Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, Keystone exams and localized standardized assessments of students. He said the 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.
Stellar said the performance tracker will cost $5,100 and cover the high school/middle school and elementary school buildings.
The superintendent informed the board about electronic software services to evaluate teachers that the state has mandated school districts to obtain. He said the district plans to purchase the system known as PA-ETEP from Edulink Systems for $3,225 per year.
All three proposals are scheduled to be voted on at Thursday night's school board meeting.
Attending the work session were Directors Michael Rovito, Charlie Mannello, Raymond Kraynak, Michael Brinkash, Thomas Ditchey and Donna James. Dr. Raymond Kraynak, Robert Muldowney and Joseph D'Andrea were absent.