The Board of School Directors held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

Business Manager Brian Polito updated the board on the progress of the North East High School renovation project, estimated to start during the summer of 2012 and finish at the end of summer of 2013. The board will meet with the architects to discuss ideas and renovations at a later meeting. The project will be paid for through financing rather than cash in order to obtain reimbursement faster.

NEHS Assistant Principal Brian Emick explained an online program the school will offer in an attempt to gain students back from cyber-school. Eligible students will be able to earn credits online and will still be considered NESD students, which allows them to participate in sports as well as extra curricular activities.

Additionally, Superintendent James Brotz mentioned in his report that the district has shown excellent progress in narrowing the achievement gap between sub groups and the overall population. The district has shown a significant improvement in shortening this gap in economically disadvantaged as well as IEP sub groups.

According to Brotz, results at the High School are the “best they’ve ever been,” giving credit to the staff and adding, “We want to be data driven.”

A small number of personnel items were approved. Lauren Christy was approved as Secondary Special Education Teacher at NEHS at temporary professional employee status, at a salary of Step B-1, $42,783.00 and with respective benefits effective August 25, 2011.

The board approved Angela Sanfilippo as Dining Hall Aide (two hours per day) at the NEMS with a salary of $9.94 per hour for a sixty-working-day probationary period effective August 30, 2011. Following the probationary period, the rate will be $11.04 per hour.

Stacy Musgrave was added to the district substitute list as long-term day-to-day substitute grade six teacher at NEMS at a salary of $230.02 per day (Step B-1, $42, 783.00), effective August 25, 2011 through June 7, 2012, with respective benefits and excluding tuition reimbursement.

The following individuals were approved for the position of coach/advisor and intramurals for the 2011-2012 school year: Lauren Christy, Girls’ Soccer Head Coach at a stipend of $3,330.70; Adrienne Hassenplug, volunteer Girls’ Golf Assistant Coach; Ted Miller, Cross County Assistant Coach at a stipend of $2, 609.88; Deby Wright, Intramurals Director at a stipend of $4,039.10; David Zamperini, Girls’ Soccer Assistant coach at a stipend of $2, 237.04.

Gregory Beardsley was approved to attend a professional conference in Grove City on September 19 and 20, November 7 and 8, January 5 and 6 and January 28 and 29. Total expenses of $734.40 will be paid by NESD.

The next meeting will be held Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m.

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