Outgoing, Incoming Board of Directors Recognized by CIU No. 10

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WEST DECATUR – The Central Intermediate Unit No. 10 recognized and honored its outgoing and incoming Board of Directors at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

Executive Director Dr. J. Hugh Dwyer thanked the departing CIU No. 10 Board of Directors and welcomed the new members. During the departing members’ periods of service, the CIU No. 10 has expanded its range of services to districts, charter schools and non-public schools.

Each board member has provided outstanding service to the education community, said Dwyer.  The members who departed the board include John Franko – Glendale, 21 years; J. Gowen Roper – State College, five years; Cheryl Johnston – Curwensville, five years; Brent Weaver –Harmony, three years; Ruth Saupp – Moshannon Valley, three years; B.T. Schwier – Penns Valley, one year; and Mary Ellen Holden – Philipsburg-Osceola, one year.

Incoming board members are Rick Gates – Glendale; Mary Ann Rafferty – Curwensville; Norman Fry – Harmony; Robert Reed – Moshannon Valley; Rebecca Timchak – Philipsburg Osceola, Carl Gaffon – Penns Valley; and Scott Fozard – State College area, member-at-large.

In other business, PA Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC) Director of Continuous School Improvement Dr. Betsy Baker updated the board on the PIIC and the work of CIU No. 10 coaching mentor Bethann McCain.  The CIU No. 10 provides mentoring and other teacher-coaching services to Bellefonte, Clearfield, Curwensville, Glendale, Harmon, Moshannon Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola, State College and West Branch school districts, Cen-Clear Child services and Central PA Institute of Science and Technology.

So far as the New Galaxy Leader/Artist Residencies, Kristen Baughman-Gray is the new Galaxy Arts in Education leader under her administrative role as STEAM Consultant.  The CIU No. 10 is currently administering 11 artist residencies.

Also, so far as the CIU No. 10 Professional  Development Summary for 2012-2013, the CIU No. 10 receives federal IDEA funds to provide professional development and support to school districts, charter schools and non-public school programs in the areas of assistive technology, autism, behavior, inclusion, response to instruction and intervention and transition. Director of Special Education Jennifer Starner provided board members with the 2012-2013 report on these important services, as well as other curricular services from the CSI Department.

In regards to ACT 126 Mandated Reporter Training, Human Resources Manager Edd Brady reported that the CIU No. 10 is a certified Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance mandated reporter trainer. The PFSA training is recognized by the state as a training that qualifies for Act 48 hours and meets state requirements for three hours of meted reporting training every five years per Act 126.

The next Board of Directors meeting will be held Feb. 27, 2014 at 6 p.m. in West Decatur.

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