ARIN Reports on Tuesday’s Monthly Meeting

At its regularly scheduled meeting held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 Board of Directors completed the following:

Under new business in the area of Personnel, one resignation, two leaves of absence, three employments, and three changes in employment status, were discussed and acted upon as follows:

  • Resignation – Approved and accepted, with appreciation for her service to this Intermediate Unit, the resignation of Ms. Terri Bennett, secretary specialist, retroactive to September 14, 2018.
  • Leave of Absence – Approved and authorized the requests of:
    • Ms. Lindsay Whited-Stokes for an unpaid family medical leave/child bearing/child
      care leave of absence beginning approximately March 11, 2019 through the end of the
      2018/19 school year with the option to return sooner, or to extend her leave. Ms.
      Whited-Stokes’ family medical leave will not exceed 60 workdays; and,
    • Ms. Emily Kennedy for an unpaid family medical leave/child bearing/child care leave
      of absence beginning approximately March 18, 2019 through June 9, 2019 with the
      option to return sooner, or to extend her leave. Ms. Kennedy’s family medical leave
      will not exceed 60 workdays.
  • Employment of IU Staff Approved and authorized the employment of:
    • Ms. Jessica Jenkins, part-time instructor of adult education retroactive to August 31,
      2018. Ms. Jenkins’ hourly rate will be $29.41 and her benefits will be in accordance
      with the AEA II collective bargaining agreement;
    • Ms. Mary McFeaters, full time family educator, retroactive to September 10, 2018,
      prorated to days worked. Ms. McFeaters’ annual salary will be $19,000 and her
      benefits will be in accordance with other Community Services staff; and,
    • Ms. Cindy D. Goril, part-time certified occupational therapy assistant, retroactive to
      September 17, 2018. Ms. Goril’s hourly rate will be $15.00 per hour.
  • Change in Employment Status – Approved and authorized a change in the employment status of:
    • Ms. Courtney Rizer as part-time (hourly) accounting technician retroactive to August
      23, 2018. Ms. Rizer’s hourly rate will be $17.70. This position is in addition to her
      full time position as a secretary specialist and her benefits will be in accordance with
      the AESP collective bargaining agreement;
    • Ms. Stephanie Wilkins from part-time teacher of the hearing impaired to full time
      teacher of the hearing impaired retroactive to August 23, 2018. Ms. Wilkins’ annual
      salary will be $48,083 and her benefits will be in accordance with the AEA collective
      bargaining agreement; and,
    • Ms. Kristy Weimer from part-time (hourly) certified occupational therapy assistant to
      full time certified occupational therapy assistant retroactive to September 4, 2018.
      Ms. Weimer’s annual salary (200 days) will be $38,500 prorated to days worked and
      her benefits will be in accordance with the other Community Services staff.
  • BUSINESS – The ARIN board discussed and acted upon the following resolutions:
    • Approved and authorized the Intermediate Unit to accept the Parent-Child Home Program additional funds in the amount of $40,285.12 for the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. These grant funds are to facilitate early literacy programs in Armstrong and Indiana counties.
    • Approved and authorized the following agreements/contracts:
      • renewal of the Nonpublic School Services Agreement with Catapult Learning, LLC to
        provide educational services under Act 89 to participating nonpublic schools. The
        contract shall be in the amount of $305,696.00 for academic year 2018-2019;
      • an agreement with World Book, Inc. to provide online access to World Book
        Encyclopedia for participating nonpublic schools in the ARIN IU 28 attendance area
        at a cost of $606, based on student count. This cost will be paid using Act 89 funds.
        The term of this agreement shall run retroactive to September 1, 2018, through
        August 31, 2019;
      • Executive Director, James J. Wagner to negotiate a contract with Parana River Group
        for development and execution of the Request for Proposal for the ARIN IU 28
        RWAN, at a cost not to exceed $17,500;
      • ARIN Adult Education Programs participation in the Armstrong and Indiana
        CareerLink Resource Sharing Agreement Budget (RSAB) retroactive to July 1, 2018
        through June 30, 2019; and,
      • the Memorandum of Agreement between United School District and ARIN IU 28 to
        provide English as a Second Language Services for the remainder of the 2018-2019
        school year at a rate of $55.00/hour. ARIN will provide a certified ESL teacher to the
        district for 2 hours/day (plus a half-hour unpaid lunch) for 5 days a week.
    • Approved and authorized the transfer of $75,000.00 from the General Fund Unreserved Fund Balance to the Capital Project Fund.
    • Voted on the 2019 PSBA Officers and PSBA Insurance Trust Trustees Candidates.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the ARIN IU 28 Central Office at 7:00 PM.