OF hooking into social media

OLD FORT – During its regular meeting Monday evening, the Old Fort Board of Education announced the school’s new Facebook and Twitter pages are up and running.

Students Lynette Kelbley and Jozie Hickman will serve as administrators, while Superintendent Steve Anway will oversee the sites.

Kelbley said the sites will serve parents, teachers, students and community members.

“Kids are wired to their phones,” Kelbley said.

The sites will post school closings, news, photos and more.

Anway also discussed Old Fort’s ongoing merger talks with Bettsville Local Schools.

“There’s not a lot more to say,” Anway said.

Old Fort has met with state legislators, and the matter is still in their hands, he said.

He said representatives from a solar energy company are to attend the board’s May meeting to explain the cost efficiency of solar energy.

Solar energy “may be something we want to pursue,” Anway said.

He said he believes it could save the school up to 3 cents per kilowatt hour. He did not have an estimate of how many kilowatt hours the school uses.

Board member Jay Pence discussed a recent phone scam in the community.

According to Pence, a man called members of the Old Fort community soliciting $400 donations for the Old Fort Boosters. The scam was reported, and Pence did not know of anyone who donated to the man.

In other news, the board:

Approved the last meeting’s minutes.

Announced the results of recent PTO elections.

Renewed 13 teaching contracts for the 2014-15 school year.

Approved the 2014-15 school calendar.

Announced academic achievements and local awards given to Old Fort students.

Announced plans to purchase softball diamond covers to protect fields from rain.

The board’s next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 12.