Fans to pay more as school tweaks budget

PAT FRIDGEN

Gate admissions for sporting events will go up next year, as the Greencastle-Antrim School Board looks at ways to cut expenses and increase revenue during the economic downturn. On May 20 the board agreed to finalize a recommendation to raise admission prices a dollar or two at the June 3 meeting.

For high school athletic events, the tickets will go from $3 to $5 for adults, from $1 to $2 for students, and from $1 to $2 for non-district senior citizens. At the middle school level the prices will rise from $2 to $3 for adults, from $1 to $2 for students, and from $1 to $2 for non-resident seniors. The Gold Card for G-A senior citizens will allow them to continue to attend all games free. The extra monies are intended to go toward field improvements.

Administrators Ed Rife, Mark Herman and athletic director Vicki Ritchey were directed to research fees for students involved in non-curricular activities. Currently $10 per sport, music or club, they will try to find a price range that is equitable.

"They will come up with a layered plan," said Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover. "Not one price fits all. We hope to be more fair."

The district building project was also a target for discussion. The architectural firm EI Associates will be contacted again. Though the initial $54 million project will be done in stages, an east and west wing connecting the secondary schools, and school renovations were declared top priority.

"I'll ask them, 'What can you do for $21 million?'" said Hoover.

He will get numbers for the east connector building alone, the east and west together, and renovations, so the board can examine costs more accurately. He hopes to present figures to the board at one of the June meetings.

The board reversed an earlier decision based on information received about the 1949 Pennsylvania School Code. Mary Lou Pool's request for a sabbatical next fall was denied April 15 due to the deficit spending budget for 2010-2011. The board learned that a compensated professional leave for eligible teachers could only be turned down if an approved educational plan was not submitted.

"She did everything that was required," Hoover said of Pool's application. She will intern at the primary school as a counselor as she completes her master's degree.

Discipline

The board also accepted the discipline recommendation of the Pupil Personnel Committee for a 13-year-old eighth-grade boy. On May 12 he was in possession of matches, a partially smoked cigar, a fishing needle and a 2 and 1/2 inch pocket knife. The student was expelled and charges filed with the Greencastle Police Department. The boy was also required to undergo a psychological evaluation.