PORT ALLEGANY — Bob Raudenbush, a fourth grade teacher at Port Allegany, will retire in January 2020 and the school board discussed filling his position during the last board meeting on Monday, Nov. 4.

The board has received 10 applications and hopes to interview applicants soon. The board will also fill the roles of junior high boys and girls basketball coaches. The board approved hiring Kellie Guilds as a life skills aide which will go into effect on Nov. 13. Stacy Boyd was also approved as a support staff substitute.

The board discussed whether or not to change the substitute pay. Currently, the rate is $95 per day. The board is comparing this with other districts and may change it so it's more in line with what other districts offer. The board also discussed changing the substitute pay to $228 per day after 60 days of substituting. 

The IU9 offers a mobile fingerprinting service and the board will vote on whether or not they will approve the services to be used on the administration. Furthermore, the board must vote on the educational services agreement with the district’s alternative education for disruptive youth facility. The facility is Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in Custer City. The board will vote on whether or not to approve Beacon Light for the alternative education costs for students attending the school.

The board also decided on a school board meeting calendar for 2020. The board will need to adopt the meeting calendar at the Dec. 2 reorganization meeting. Once the calendar is approved, it will be posted publicly.

The article has been updated to clarify the change in the substitute pay would not be an increase.