ARIN Holds Monthly Meeting

At its regularly scheduled meeting held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 Board of Directors completed the following.

Under new business in the area of Personnel, six resignations, one retirement, one leave of absence, three employments, and one change in employment status, were discussed and acted upon as follows:

Resignation – Approved and accepted, with appreciation for their service to this Intermediate Unit, the resignations of:

 Ms. Michelle Kirkpatrick, instructional paraprofessional (80%), retroactive to August 7, 2019;
 Ms. Samantha Glass, training and consultation team, retroactive to August 16, 2019;
 Ms. Melissa Monroe, behavior support paraprofessional, effective August 23, 2019;
 Ms. Macy Weimer, occupational therapist, effective August 23, 2019;
 Mr. David Gramling, System Administrator, effective August 23, 2019; and,
 Mr. Scott Marino, technology technician II, effective September 3, 2019.

Retirement – Approved and accepted, with regret, the resignation due to retirement of Ms. Lyssa Danel, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, effective October 4, 2019.
Leave of Absence – Approved and authorized the request of Ms. Angela Booher for an unpaid family medical leave/child bearing/child care leave of absence beginning approximately August 26, 2019 through September 23, 2019 with the option to return sooner, or to extend her leave.

Employment – Approved and authorized conditionally the employment of:

 Ms. Danielle Brocious as a full time behavior support paraprofessional retroactive to
August 5, 2019. Ms. Brocious’s hourly rate will be $15.97 per hour and her benefits
will be in accordance with the AESP collective bargaining agreement;
 Ms. Gwen Lander as a part-time (60%) speech language clinician at a salary of
$48,637, prorated to days worked, retroactive to August 19, 2019; and,
 Ms. Jessica Copney as a full time (200 day) Occupational Therapist, at a salary of
$43,935, prorated to days worked, effective September 18, 2019.

Change in Employment Status – Approved and authorized a change in the employment status of Ms. Marie Buggey from behavior support paraprofessional to special education teacher retroactive to August 7, 2019. Ms. Buggey’s annual salary will be $47,759 and her benefits will be in accordance with the AEA agreement.

The ARIN board discussed and acted upon the following resolutions:

Approved and authorized the acceptance of:

 The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in the amount of $123,163.00. The grant shall be used to defray program costs incurred from July 1, 2019, and to be expended by September 30, 2020;
 the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts grant funds from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) in the amount of $1,050,000.00, funded for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year and begins on July 1, 2019. These grant funds will provide Pre-K instruction for children in the Indiana Area, Blairsville-Saltsburg, Leechburg Area and Purchase Line School Districts; and,
 a services Agreement with the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board for Teacher in the Workplace activities through a grant from the PA Department of Labor and Industry in the amount of $50,000. The term of the agreement will be June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Approved and authorized the following agreements and contracts:

 a service agreement between Career T.R.A.C.K and ARIN IU 28 Adult Education Program for ARIN to provide Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency preparation classes to out-of-school youth in Indiana County between the ages of 17-24 years. This contract shall cover the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021 with the option to renew for up to two additional years. ARIN Adult Education Program will invoice monthly for services provided, up to but not exceeding the amount of $8,005.14;
 Life Steps, Inc. to provide Developmental, Mental Health and Hearing Screenings for Pre-K Counts children enrolled in the Ben Franklin, East Pike and Purchase Line PreK Counts Programs. The cost is not to exceed $1050.00 ($350.00/site). Terms of the agreement shall be retroactive to July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020;
 change order SC-1 in the amount of $3,128.20 to A. Folino Construction, Inc. for additional work on the Curb, Walk & Pavement Replacement Project;
 change order EC-1 in the amount of $5,500.00 to Mashan, Inc. for additional
electrical work on the Partial Interior/Exterior Improvements Project;
 an agreement with Debra M. Kriete, Esq., a sole proprietorship located in
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, for the provision of additional specified technology legal consulting services;
 an agreement with Hemlock Government Relations from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 at a cost of $12,560;
 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 $254,306.78 for academic year 2019-2020;
 the purchasing of the Naviance Career and Success Planning blended program to provide educational services under Act 89 to participating nonpublic schools in the amount of $8,699.29 for the academic year 2019-2020; and,
 an agreement with Capital Area IU 15 to provide an instructional mentor for the PA Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), in return for payment to ARIN IU 28 of a maximum amount of $21,500.00, plus reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,000.00. The term of this agreement shall run August 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Approved and authorized the supplemental employment of the following staff to provide an Extended School Year (ESY) program during the summer of 2019 for those pupils with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements stipulated in the Court Order and Regulations requiring such programming: Speech/Language Clinician, Stephanie Lamantia; and, Special Education Teacher, Karly Snyder.

Approved and authorized the following budget transfers for the 2018-19 Operating Budgets:

 General Fund $267,737
 Special Education $ 16,745
 Special Education Transportation $ 1,080
 Approved and authorized the Tentative 2019-20 Interest Earnings Proration.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the ARIN IU 28 Central Office at 7:00 PM.