Trips, hires and bouncy castles
It was a good thing for Northumberland High School’s field hockey team that the county’s school board had a special meeting Monday afternoon. The team wanted to go on an overnight trip to a tournament in York County and needed the board’s OK to do it.
The board voted to approve the trip, although member Dick Saxer noted the school was operating on a “short time line” and was lucky there was a meeting before the early September trip. The board’s normal meetings are on the second Monday of the month.
The special meeting was convened primarily to approve new hires in the system and to approve supplemental contracts for coaches and sponsors of school activities. Even so, the board made time for a presentation from the Parent
Faculty Organization (PFO) before it went into closed session.
Michelle James of the PFO along with Dana O’Bier told the board that the PFO wanted permission to buy and install a Big Bites “C” Spring Rider, a bouncy ride, and a Ten Spin, a sort of merry-go-round, at the elementary school.
The PFO had already coordinated with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rebecca Gates as to whether such rides were allowable under the school’s insurance policies and Dr. Gates advised the board that they were.
The board voted to accept the donation, which cost the PFO about $4300, James noted.
The PFO raised the money with its fund raising activities, she said.
Dr. Travis Burns, the principal of the high school was at the meeting and said he hoped the board’s actions would fill all the open slots at the high school. It came close. The board approved 17 applicants ranging from new Junior Reserve Officers Training Non Commissioned Officers to substitute bus drivers for employment, but the school still needs an aide and a special education teacher, Gates said.