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Clarion Area School Board Prepares for Start of School, Reviews Sports News

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Clarion Area High SchoolCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Clarion Area School Board on Tuesday night reviewed various school handbooks and projections for the start of the first day of school on Wednesday, August 28.

A new parking plan is being developed for both the high school and elementary school for school days.

“This is a priority, and it sometimes resembles a free for all,” said Superintendent Joe Carrico. “Teacher parking at the elementary school is being moved to the back parking lot to allow more parent parking. We’re going to do some signage and have folks out there to educate the parents and kids. We don’t want kids running through the parking lot anymore.”

Carrico also presented fall sports numbers.

“This is exciting,” Carrico said. “As of today, we have 20 students playing volleyball, 18 girls in the soccer program, that includes six from Clarion-Limestone, 12 golfers, eight girls running cross country, 10 boys running cross country, 16 junior high cross country.”

According to Carrico, 91 total players from Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, and North Clarion are playing football in grades seven through 12. That includes 39 from Clarion, 38 from C-L, and 14 from North Clarion. At the varsity level, the breakdown is 18 from Clarion, 14 from C-L, and six from North Clarion. At the junior high level, the breakdown is 24 from C-L, 21 from Clarion, and eight from North Clarion.

Ten Clarion boys are playing soccer as part of the co-op at C-L with C-L adding five more players to the mix.

“It’s about 200 kids participating in sports,” Carrico said. “It’s good to see. It’s a good thing.”

Add in nearly 100 students participating in marching band activities and the number of student involvement grows to 300.


Board members also unanimously approved a new contract with Clarion University for use of Memorial Stadium for up to three games this season.

The cost of using Memorial Stadium is $1,500.00 per game or $4,500.00 for the season. That does not include the cost to put the game on itself, including paying officials. The team will also play two games at C-L at no cost to Clarion Area. C-L will incur the cost of those games (field maintenance, workers, paying officials, etc) and will keep any profits made from those games.

The new contract does save Clarion Area two games worth of fees since the two games will be played at C-L.

The contract represents all costs for services provided associated with the use of the university field/stadium complex including a concession stand, ticket booth, parking lot, bleachers, locker rooms during halftime, press box, PA system, lighting, electrical services, and restrooms. If it any time, activities are canceled, both Clarion Area School District and Clarion University Athletics may have the option to recalculate costs associated with continued use of the facility.

The University will provide the following services: use of game field from two hours before game time until the game is finished, stadium lights, official’s dressing room, locker rooms for pregame talk and halftime use, a press box area for coaches and radio, public restrooms, ticket booths, PA system, concession area and food preparation tables, University athletic liaison,  clock operators, two maintenance workers for setup and tear down, electrician, two public safety officers, cleanup stadium, locker room, officials room, and an American flag.

In an additional sports-related item, the Board acknowledged the Independent Junior High Golf Program and approved Jay Kerle and Jackie Kerle as volunteers to supervise and transport participating athletes to and from matches.

The administration stated that an official junior high golf team is not being recognized, but a letter of acknowledgment is required to recognize students participating in tournaments as an independent. and Board-approved volunteers will need to meet all the PIAA guidelines.

Other business included:

  • Approved a 2019 high school teacher handbook, 2019 student handbooks, a transportation handbook, and a homeless handbook.
  • The McKinney-Vento Act defines homelessness as any child or youth that lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Furthermore, this includes: (1) Children in families that are doubled-up (2) Living in motels, hotels, campgrounds, campers, buses, trains, transition shelters, hospitals, churches, camps, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, etc. (3) Reside at a nighttime residence that is not designed for or ordinarily used for regular sleeping accommodations for human beings. (4) Unaccompanied youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian, perhaps they have run away from home, been thrown out of their home, abandoned by family, or separated from parents for other reasons. (5) A child of a migrant family.
  • The Board approved the following resignation: Ann-Marie Aldrich – Permanent Part-time Food Services.
  • The Board approved the following appointments: Deanna Schmader – Food Services – Permanent Part-time at $10.10/hour; Jessica Hogue – Food Services – Permanent Part-time at $9.80/hour; Tom Lewis – Assistant Boys Basketball – Step 3 – $3,064.00; Jill Babington – Mentor Teacher – Step 1 – $717.00; Sue Cumpston – Mentor Teacher – Step 1 – $717.00; Marilee Phillips – Jr. Class Advisor – Step 6 – $1,043.00; Joseph Carrico, Superintendent – Safety and Security Coordinator; Parent Liaison- Chris Knepp; Paraprofessional – Nicolette Glenn; Paraprofessional – (Intermediate L.S.) Sarah Pedley; Paraprofessional – Beth Uckert; Paraprofessional – (Transition Room) Tiffany Miller; Paraprofessional – (High School L.S.) Tracy Park; Paraprofessional – (Child Specific) Jaclyn Emert.
  • The Board approved a Resolution for Clarion Area School District to sell their 2020 tax claims and anticipated 2021 and 2022 tax claims to Northwest Pennsylvania Incubator Association.
  • Board Member Braxton White reported that Governor Wolf is promoting higher standards for Cyber Schools. “The governor announced executive actions that will start holding charter schools accountable.  Ever since they have existed, they haven’t had to meet the same standards as public schools,” White said.
  • Next meetings include a Work Session – September 3, 2019, and a  Board Meeting – September 10, 2019.

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