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After months of discussion, the Blue Mountain School District board agreed to purchase air conditioning equipment for the high school gymnasium.

Trane Building Services is authorized to install and furnish the components at a cost not to exceed $786,259. Funds to support the program come from the American Rescue Plan.

According to Austin Harmes of Fidevia Construction Management, the Blue Mountain Elementary West building will be completed by the end of the year. Outdoor sowing and planting are done in the spring.

The subjects studied

Gwen Witmer-Belding updated the board on training staff regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as it applies to students. The law applies to families displaced, whether due to fire, hurricanes, job losses or other disasters. The law requires the student district to provide education.

“We want the student to come back here to school because for many of these students this is the safest, most stable, most consistent part of their day,” said Witmer-Belding.

Superintendent Dr. David Helsel recommended the district apply for the Cambridge International Education Program Evaluation Program. Cambridge is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and degrees for K-12, and provides schools with a comprehensive system of curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment.

“The program will enhance our curriculum and allow us to convert some of our existing courses into college credit courses,” Helsel said. “We were the first school in PA to be a Cambridge school.”

Helsel also expressed his support for investigating ZippSlip, a program designed to simplify parenting. Schools have the opportunity to obtain permits and approvals and simplify the paper trail for items such as health forms, sports forms, permission slips, and online payments.

ZippSlip works with the existing PowerSchool program used by the district.

Food service

The district has agreed to purchase nine touch screen monitors for the cafeteria at a cost of $856 per unit and upgrade their computers for a total of $7,913. The money comes from the food bank.

Childcare costs will increase

The entertainment commission is raising rates for morning and evening events to cover the increased fees. The rate increase is $10 per week for before or after school care.

Upcoming events

A Veterans Day breakfast will be held at Blue Mountain Middle School on Thursday, December 8 from 8:15 to 10 am.

The school will celebrate the Wreaths Across America program on December 15.
The next school board meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the new Blue Mountain Elementary West building.


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