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KCSD board unanimously agrees to agreement with SVRCS

MILL HALL — During a special voting meeting held at the conclusion of Thursday night’s work session, the Keystone Central school board approved a negotiation agreement between KCSD and the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School.

KCSD Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin explained the details of the agreement before it went to a vote.

“This basically is a legal agreement that was crafted by representatives from both Keystone Central School District as well as Sugar Valley Rural Charter School,” Martin said. “They collaboratively worked on this document and recommended to our entities to approve this agreement so that both groups could enter into negotiations to revise the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School charter … the board of trustees as Sugar Valley has already approved this agreement.”

Representatives from Sugar Valley Rural Charter School approved the agreement on Dec. 17, 2019.

“It is my recommendation to the board to approve this letter of agreement as advised by our solicitor,” Martin said.

During a role call vote, the KCSD board was unanimous in approving the letter of agreement.

“With the approval of this agreement tonight, we do have a scheduled meeting next week and the following week Mrs. (Tracy) Kennedy and I have been jointly developing the agenda for such negotiations,” Martin said.

The letter of agreement means that both sides will negotiate in talks to resolve their differences relative to the charter school’s efforts to renew its five-year charter. The charter must be renewed every five years in the Commonwealth.

In November, the board voted against renewing the charter, 7-1. Now, both sides can enter into negotiations in hopes of renewing the charter.

Also at the special voting session, the board unanimously approved four positions: A technology associate, a network systems administrator position, a supervisor of technology and a director of curriculum and innovation. Each job description was discussed during the work session, which was held earlier in the evening.

Board member Randy Strouse asked if approval meant that the jobs would be advertised and subsequent hires made.

“We’re approving the advertising of the job. No hiring decisions would be made until we interviewed people,” said board president Boise “Bo” Miller.

During the work session, which was held prior to the voting session, there were three people signed up to speak during the hearing of visitors. Michael Remick requested to speak. However, because he is not a taxpayer or resident in the Keystone Central School District, board member Wayne Koch asked for a “point of order.” Miller said that there would have to be a motion by a board member to allow a special exception to the rule.

When there was no motion, Remick aggressively approached the board and continued speaking. At that point, KCSD police officer Bob Getz stepped in and asked that Remick take his seat in the audience. Remick refused and the board took a five-minute recess to restore order.

Another voting meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Central Mountain High School auditorium.

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