Bettsville OKs hires, more students to attend

BETTSVILLE – When the school year begins next week there will be many new faces in the Bobcats’ home.

Wednesday, Bettsville Superintendent Gregg Pettit reported the schools were up nine students from last year and the number may grow in the next few weeks.

The board also accepted Ashley Pugh as fifth-grade teacher, following the acceptance of resignation from Travis Kinn. Jennifer Haynes also was approved as school counselor.

Resignations also were accepted from Dean of Students Leigh Anne King, Athletic Director and PE/health teacher Justin Rohrer, and middle school teacher Kristina Smith.

Sue Kimmet and Shirley Chapman were accepted as substitute teachers at a rate of $70 per day.

Pettit said there is to be a cross country team and Athletic Director Kimberly Warren is to work in conjunction with the volleyball coach to allow participation in both.

In light of a school policy, board member Nicholas Baker announced concerns from parents about students carrying school books rather than using book bags. Parents are concerned of injuries from the weight of multiple books when not carried in a bag. Baker shared one parent’s idea of allowing clear book bags to eliminate concealment of unapproved items.

The board discussed the concerns and idea. Because safety concerns go beyond what is in the book bags, the policy is to remain.

In other matters, the board:

Approved personnel for Summer Migrant Program.

Approved 2013-2014 student handbook and athletic policy handbook.

Approved Mollie Martin as volleyball coach.

Approved David Stahl, van driver, Michelle Dantuono and Connie Weyant for medication dispensing.

Awarded bids of Toft’s Dairy and Nickles Bakery for 2013-14 school year.