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Board shoots down proposal to hike costs for athletic events

June 14, 2012

PASD board member Penn Pifer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite looking for ways to chip away at expenses in its budget, Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board defeated a motion on a recommendation from its Athletic Committee to raise admission fees for sporting events.

The board approved Penny Pifer’s recommendation to award bids for fall/winter sports, but defeated a motion to increase ticket prices for admission to athletic events with a 5-4 vote.

Voting against increasing ticket prices were board President Gary Conrad, Vice-President Francis Molinaro and members Jim Baun, Lesa Conner and Jack White. Voting in favor of raising the prices were Pifer and board members Roberta Dinsmore, Bob Pascuzzo and Melissa Snyder.

The committee basically proposed raising all admission prices by $1, yet sticking with the current rate of season passes for all sports, $60 for adults and $15 for students.

Pifer said the committee tried to keep in mind adults who have children who play more than one sport, and if anything, the admission increases will affect spectators from visiting teams, not home fans.

Also, the committee suggested maintaining that all district employees — faculty, staff, aides, etc. — have free admission to all athletic events.
“It’s kind of a perk,” Pifer said. “Any employee, as long as you have that badge, cannot be turned down.”

That was the item with which Conrad took issue.

“You’re charging adults and students an extra dollar, but
not employees?” he said.

A list of current and proposed changes to admission prices appears below.

Also Monday, the board approved the following retirements, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year:

• Christine Smith, grade seven English.

• Neil Conti, high school English. He requests to remain active on the sub list.

• Marilyn Kohut, grade four. She requests to remain active on the sub list, as a tutor and a volunteer.

• Barry Young, high school, emotional support. He requests to remain active on the sub list and as a coach.

• Janice Sagrati, full-time cleaning, effective June 29.

The board accepted these resignations:

• Tabatha Cressley, part-time special education instructional assistant, effective May 31. She requests to remain active on the sub list.

• Gloria Newcome, part-time cafeteria, effective June 1.

• Sarah Hicks, assistant girls’ soccer coach.

• Jason Butler, assistant football coach.

Previously, the board had also accepted the following professional retirements, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year:

• Rebecca Mauk, grade one.

• Betsy Neal, grade five.

• Marcia Parise, elementary speech/language.

• Michelle Huey, grade five. She requests to remain active on the sub list.

• Patti Spinelli, grade four. She requests to remain active on the sub list.

• Gail Reddinger, grade four. She requests to remain active on the sub list.

• Bridget States, high school math. She requests to remain active on the sub list.

The board also accepted the retirement of Anne Gallina, full-time cleaning, effective July 27.

In addition, the board approved the following items in Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe’s report:

• A second reading of Policy 815, acceptable use of Internet, computers and network resources (replacement).

• Disposing of 20 eMacs, five PCs, four CRT monitors, one iMac flat-screen, one G4 tower, one typewriter, one copier (1972-73), five iBooks and six UPS back-up supplies.

• Granting a Punxsutawney Area School District diploma to Brandyn Belisky based on his successful completion of the GED program.

• Recognizing the district’s support that the National Guard and Reserve are essential to the strength of the nation and the well-being of communities by signing and displaying a Statement of Support.

• Entering into an agreement with Adelphoi Education Inc. to provide alternative educational service at its Indiana site for Punxsy students during the 2012-13 school year.

• Approving an agreement with Lincoln National Academy to provide courses in the Punxsy district cyber services for the 2012-13 school year.

• Approving a memorandum of understanding between Riverview Intermediate Unit and the district to provide vision support for a PASD student.

• Approving a memorandum of understanding between Riverview Intermediate Unit and the district for autism training for the 2012-13 school year.

• Approving the expulsion of two students for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year.

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