Corry Area School District News

A long list of personnel and new business items was approved during a Corry Area School Board meeting on Monday night.

The resignation of Tom Brady as an assistant girls track co-coach was approved and effective immediately. 

A correction to the start date of Malea Lyon's employment as a grade II special education paraprofessional was approved. Her start date was previously approved as Aug. 28, but the correct date is Sept. 11.

Debra Bird was approved as a category I volunteer for a cosmetology program for the 2019-20 season.

The addition of Tyler Volk as a bus driver (employed by D&R Transportation) for the 2019-20 school year was approved. 

Suzanne Goode and Sarah Harrington were approved to be added to a list of service personnel substitutes for the 2019-20 school year. 

A cosmetology field trip request for 11 high school students to attend a Fashion Focus Hair Show on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 in Cleveland under the supervision of three chaperones was approved. 

A list of athletic supplemental positions for the 2019-20 school year and supplemental pay amounts was approved and are as follows: Mark Brenner, assistant volleyball coach (middle school), $2,422 (step I); Andrew Gourley (nondistrict), assistant wrestling coach, $3,001 (step I); Stephanie Bennett, assistant girls track coach, $2,726 (step II); Dan Scutella, assistant boys track coach (middle school), $2,211 (step I); Tom Brady, assistant girls track coach (middle school), $2,211 (step I); and Megan Pound, assistant girls soccer coach (middle school), $1,772 (step I).

A list of non-athletic supplemental and recreational positions for the 2019-20 school year and supplemental pay amounts was approved as are as follows: Julie Brundage and Stacie Smith will split a middle school student council adviser position, $416 each (step I); Alyssa Britten, middle school drama director, $822 (step I); Shannon West, Melody Perrin and Jody Powell will split an elementary drama director position, $274 each (step I); Eric Brumagin, fall weight room coordinator (September through November), $600; Eric Brumagin, winter weight room coordinator (December through February), $600; Eric Brumagin, spring weight room coordinator (March through May), $600; and Brad Swanson (nondistrict), youth football director, $600.

Also, Ryan Mumau (nondistrict), elementary girls basketball director, $600; Mike Woods, elementary boys basketball director, $600; Pat Goodsel (nondistrict), elementary volleyball director, $600; Vickey Britten, senior ambassadors program adviser, $600; and Erica DiLuzio, academic sports league/USAD team coach, $600.

Under new business, an articulation agreement between Triangle Tech and the Corry Area School District was approved. CASD students will have the opportunity to earn post secondary school credits per this agreement. 

A five-year affiliation agreement between the Corry Area School District and Edinboro University to provide an educational experience to the university's students in the area of M.A. Counseling was approved. This agreement is effective Oct. 19, 2019, through Oct. 19, 2024.

During board reports, Lonny "Tim" Eastman said it was brought to his attention that the school district was not allowing outside vendors or restaurants to deliver products to teachers during school hours. 

Bill West, director of secondary education for CASD, explained that new rules were put in place for the 2019-20 school year prohibiting students from receiving food deliveries from outside restaurants. However, teachers are still permitted to receive orders, but are being asked to arrange the deliveries so that the items arrive before or after lunch times. 

"We just started that this school year," West said. "We talked administratively at the end of last year because so much food was being brought in between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. that it ended up being a mess in the office."

Eastman asked if the rule was prompted by the recent implementation of the Blue Zones project in the Corry community. 

"This has nothing to do with Blue Zones," West said. "There were just too many deliveries coming into the front office."

Blue Zones is a for-profit company that will be working with the Corry community for the next three years in an effort to provide overall wellness through positive eating and lifestyle choices.

Eastman then questioned CASD Superintendent Sheri Yetzer on how much the district has spent so far on Blue Zones related projects. 

Yetzer said the only financial information available concerning Blue Zones was amounts the group has paid CASD to hold a handful of events held at the school property.

"I don't understand why we have to be involved with them," Eastman said. "They are a for-profit company."

Yetzer explained that she believes that the district should be involved in this project to a point.

"I think Blue Zones is very active in trying to support the school and I think we are in the very early stages of things," she said. "I look at it as a partnership to make the Corry community strong. I don't look at it as they are coming to get something from us or we are trying to get something from them. And, this is not isolated to the Corry Area School District. This has to do with restaurants and churches and lots of other groups and organizations."

Eastman said he doesn't believe the district should be a supporter of the Blue Zones project. 

"I don't have a problem with the Corry community getting healthier, I just don't think it's our place to do that,” he said. 

Yetzer then invited board members to attend upcoming Blue Zones meetings.

"I have invited the board to meetings before — some of you have participated in these meetings and some have not," Yetzer said. "This is something that has come to the Corry community and I think it is a win-win for us. A lot of people have taken a personal pledge on their own to be a part of it, but it's not something that we are making people do. I invite you to the next meeting to ask these tough questions. I believe their mission is a good thing."



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